Here it is Wednesday already and our ministry in Liberia is
rapidly rushing to a close. Each team member is full of praise and thanksgiving for
the good things God is doing in our classes and at Grace Life Center as we teach
the attributes of God to nearly 100 students from at least two countries.
I have a class of 14 Liberians. Most are pastors (6), one is
a deacon, two are youth directors, one is a Sunday school teacher, one is
looking to go into the pastorate, and one, the only lady in my class, is a secretary
for a woman’s assistance program. This is a rousing class of excited, hungry
pastors and church leaders. It is a delight to see them grow in their
understanding of the things God has revealed about himself through his Word.
Many times they walk out of the room for a break or at the end of the day
holding their heads between their hands indicating that their brains are about
to explode in trying to comprehend something of the immensity and wonder of
God. He is so much more awesome and immense than any of us can imagine!
So far in my class we have covered such attributes as the
knowability of God (he reveals himself to us and we can know him truly), the
incomprehensibility of God (so while we can know him, we cannot know all there
is to know about God), the unity (God is one) and triunity of God (God is three
persons), God’s independence, unchangeableness, eternality, omnipresence, and
omniscience. I’m a little behind in my class, but this has been in part due to
so many questions and ensuring discussions that get intertwined in our study
together. I welcome these questions because it helps me see areas that need
more clarity and allows me to address matters that I did not think were issues
that needed to be included in my teaching notes. In the end, so far at least,
these questions and discussions have allowed me to teach most of the attributes
we want to cover in this course just through dealing with the real-life
situations these leaders bring to the table. This is a good way for them to
One and a half days remain. I still have a lot of ground to
cover, but in doing so I am looking to God to continue to give me (and each
team member) the strength, wherewithal, wisdom, and insight to continue
communicating the whole counsel of God in a manner that is practical, edifying,
cross-cultural, and meaningful to these blessed students. We know that as they
grow in their understanding of the various characteristics of God, they will
grow in their own faith and worship and will be able to return to their church
ministries excited and ready to pass on the lessons we have taught them. I
praise God for the privilege to serve these students and am excited to be part
of God working to build his church in Liberia!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Short-term team member