physically tired but spiritually invigorated.”
statement sums up our first day of teaching The Attributes of God in Liberia.
The students are motivated and engaged in class, they bring questions and
insights to the discussions, and they are all there to learn as much as they
can in one week. Under National Leader Pastor Dyonah Thomas’s superb
organization and leadership partnering with our TLI team leader Weymann Lee, we
got everyone organized and ready to start class.
the first day, we made introductions and explained the TLI program. These
necessary opening activities cut a little into teaching time, but enabled us
and the local pastors to start getting to know each other. Additional
introductions were made in class after we divided into six separate classes to
keep class sizes manageable.
registration was for 100 students. Unfortunately, some could not make it due to
transportation or road issues. But since we had more than 100 people
interested, Dyonah was able to reach out to those on the waiting list and
hopefully get them in to take the remainder of the course beginning tomorrow.
students are from Liberia, but Pastor Dyonah has a bigger vision that
encompasses all of West Africa. He is seeking to start churches in other
countries and training pastors for that purpose. The TLI program is helping to
equip pastors that can impact Liberia and beyond. God is on the move!
(Sunday) our team divided up to preach in area churches. Some churches are
thriving and growing, some are small but working hard, and some have suffered
attacks. The church I spoke at recently lost their property to the government.
They lost their land and their building, and have had to start over in a
temporary facility. While the upheaval caused them to lose a lot of people,
they are looking to God for renewed direction and growth.
our caravans reunited us and brought us to Pastor Dyonah’s house for lunch. We
got to meet his wife and some of his family, and enjoyed excellent fellowship
before returning to our hotel for rest and preparation for the teaching time.
So after a
brisk shower and early breakfast, we were off to Grace Life Church to begin our
classes. Because of the national accreditation, we need to give quizzes,
reading assignments, and other activities that make this class more than the
standard course. This additional effort on everyone’s part should help
reinforce the concepts taught.Our goal is more than just knowledge, though. We
want to see them draw closer to God and use this knowledge to help equip their
covered foundational topics, including what is an attribute of God, the
knowability of God, the incomprehensibility of God, the unity of god, and the
Tri-unity of God. We emphasized that because God has revealed Himself to us through
creation, His Son, and Scripture, we can know God truly. But because God is
beyond our comprehension, we will never know Him fully. This was a great start
to what is hopefully a blessed week.
some ways that you can pray for us:
well.That we can build on this great start and see God work throughout
That we stay strong and healthy as the week’s activities wear us down.
Unity. We have drawn close already, but that we stay close and build deeper
relationships as we minister together.
That what we do and what these pastors learn have an impact far greater than