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Liberia August 2017

Undisclosed Location August 3-12, 2017

We received over two hundred initial inquiries when we agreed to train pastors and church leaders just north of the Monrovia. Our local partners, Center for Leadership Development, have worked to identify one hundred key leaders from those who expressed interest whom we will be training. Church leaders are desperate for training to help them in their ministry and are committed to pass along what they are learning to others. (MDiv required - see below) Teaching: Attributes of God

Follow along as teachers in the field offer their experiences as they share theological training with local church leaders.

Aug  7th,  2017Tired But Invigorated

“I am physically tired but spiritually invigorated.”

That one 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.

 Today being 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.

 The initial 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.

 Most 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!

 Yesterday (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.

 After church 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 congregations.

 Today we 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.

 Here are some ways that you can pray for us:

-    Finish well.That we can build on this great start and see God work throughout the week

-    Health. That we stay strong and healthy as the week’s activities wear us down.

-   Team Unity. We have drawn close already, but that we stay close and build deeper relationships as we minister together.

-   Impact. That what we do and what these pastors learn have an impact far greater than this week.

Terry Magee 

 

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