We made it through our third day and it's been great so far!
This morning, our teaching team was invited to eat breakfast with a local pastor, one of our students, David. He and his family were very hospitable and we also had the pleasure of interacting with his team here as well. Their focus is on international students and they've been working to grow a church here which now has expanded to about 30 people including some from Nigeria, Camaroon, Zimbabwe, and more. David's family will be on furlough for the following year so we were able to see them just in time for an update. Additionally, students from his church are attending our classes. Pray that the training they receive will benefit the church here as well as they're home-countries.
Upon a request from a local church leader, at lunch this afternoon we held a counsel meeting to give advice, prayer, and encouragement, working through specific issues of developing leadership and structure in the church. God seemed to provide clarity in the direction for the development of biblical leadership in this context.
One of the blessings of teaching in the style we've chosen is that the local pastors are able to meet together here and thus the relationships are strengthened and the bonds between the churches are also improved as seen in their cooperations with each other. What other cause could bring pastors together so much as the accurate teaching of the gospel!
Tonight we concluded our teaching sections on commentary and the structure of sermon development. The "students", have eagerly taken their passage assignments. Pray for their preparation as each apply their skills of interpreting the Word to develope a sermon for preaching tomorrow and Friday. They take on this challenge hoping to sharpen each other for the glory of Christ.