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India (Andhra Pradesh) July 2017

Undisclosed Location July 21-30, 2017

Training Leaders International is working with a partner ministry to train pastors from various districts in Andhra Pradesh. These 26 pastors will be equipped with TLI's non-formal curriculum in order to train other pastors in their district. Course: Attributes of God

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

Field Notes   India (Andhra Pradesh) July 2017

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Jul  26th,  2017My Grace is Sufficient for You


Jim Teaching

This week Jim and I have become intimately acquainted with the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9, 

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV)

The beginning of the week saw me (Dan) come down with a stomach bug while the latter half of the week has been dominated by Jim’s debilitating chest cold. (How a man develops a chest cold in India, in summer is a topic for another discussion).  Yet in the midst of everything we have seen God’s grace and goodness. The students were a little slow in coming in for training but that is understandable when some are coming from 14-15 hours away.  It is difficult to chide someone for being late when they are making such a sacrifice to learn!  We are working through the Attributes of God and the pastors are eager to study. This is a foundational course in their three year training program. The pastors have been quick to engage and are asking questions where what they are learning is pressing against their preconceptions.  It is clear that God is at work here in India and sick or not we consider it a great honor to be a part of it.  

Please pray for these pastors as we finish up the course.  Pray as they prepare to travel home and pray for the churches that they are pastoring.  Pray for India as well.  God is at work here but the enemy is not giving ground willingly. Pray for Jim and I as we finish up the week that God will give us full health for our trip home. 

Dan Collins

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Jul  24th,  2017Reflections from Andhra Pradesh

   Though I have been to India several times, this is my first trip as a member of a TLI team. I have participated in enough “pastor training” seminars to know that many offer little in the way of substantive curriculum. They often feel more like a dog and pony show designed to make the foreign pastor feel good about the mission trip but do little to strengthen the leadership of the local church. That is what sets TLI apart. Not only is the curriculum we are teaching (Attributes of God) designed to lay a solid theological foundation for later courses, TLI makes a long term commitment to the student pastors. The students are challenged to interact with the biblical text so they learn how to properly interpret passages. The course of study takes 3 years to complete, which fosters a spirit of fellowship among students.

    Heading into this week I didn’t know what to expect from TLI or the host site.  Dan, the TLI staff leader, is someone who not only has a heart for missions, he served for several years as a pastor abroad. He is very gifted in his ability to connect with the students and engage them in the material.  The host pastor likewise has a genuine desire to help equip his fellow pastors.  All said, the first two days has left me excited about what the week ahead holds.  I look forward to better knowing these brothers in faith. I think any pastor serious about wanting to do cross cultural ministry should consider experiencing a TLI trip.

Jim Behrendt

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