Our first short-term team to Monrovia, Liberia arrived safely late
on Friday evening (Aug 4). Our seven-member team will be training 100 pastors
and church leaders in Liberia who little to no access to theological education. They are committed to completing three years of training which TLI is providing. Many of them will be traveling a long distance to attend this training
including a few from the countries of Guinea and Ivory Coast.
our team had the opportunity to fellowship with our national partner here in Monrovia, Dyonah Thomas (3rd person on left in photo below), who has been involved in training leaders in West Africa. The organization he started, Center for Leadership Development has invited TLI to partner with them in help provide theological training for the pastors in the area.
On Sunday morning, our
team preached at the worship services of 6 different churches in Monrovia. This morning, our team will
begin leading the pastors and church leaders through a study of the Attributes of
God which is the first of nine courses in the TLI curriculum. The attendees will be divided up into six
classes of about 16-17 students in each. The training will be held at the Grace Life Church facilities, where Dyonah is the pastor. We are looking forward to the
week of teaching, interaction and fellowship with those in each of our classes.
Even though everyone in Liberia speaks English, there is still
a communication gap; the people understand us and we understanding the people. Praying for us as we teach in this cross-cultural context.
One evening after dinner, our team talked about the nine courses in the TLI curriculum and
that the goal of the training to produce pastors who are expositors of the
Word. It was a good reminder to us of our goal, desire and prayer as we begin the training this morning.