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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  10th,  2017Solid Ministry in Meeting Needs of Hungry Students

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.

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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!

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 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 learn!

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!

Mark Highman

Short-term team member

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