Pastor Tesfaye Nenko Edema, TLI's national partner in Ethiopia, helped to start this TLI training site at the location of an old girls' school originally built by Scandinavian Lutheran missionaries. To do this he recruited the help of a local denomination which partners to both host and populate the classes.
At present, there are approximately 45 students at the site, most of whom are pastors, youth leaders, women's leaders, or lay elders. This site will graduate in late 2018. Challenges in the school are mostly related to the denomination's hierarchical and legalistic leanings, Prayer is needed for TLI's training to address the unhelpful teaching and divisions which exist among the churches of this area.
Course 7: Prophecy (Isaiah)
Course 7 equips the trainees to understand prophetic literature accurately and to communicate it clearly and relevantly. Isaiah has been chosen as a representative of this genre. Sample passages from Isaiah will be the focus (e.g., chs. 6–9:7; 36-39; servant songs; Jew/gentile; 65–66).
This course builds upon the basic hermeneutical questions (from Course 1) and provides genre-specific exegetical skills in prophetic literature (Objective 2).
It teaches trainees to interpret each prophetic passage within its historic setting and the Prophets, the Prophets within the Old Testament, and all of this within our Christ-centered understanding of the Bible (from Course 2) (Objective 1).
This course explores the following theological themes (Objective 3):
• Justice: exile;
• Grace: restoration;
• Soteriology: suffering servant, new covenant, new creation.
This course develops or launches the following:
• In Course 7: Ability to deliver a complete (though short) expository sermon or lesson on a passage in Isaiah (Objective 4; cf. Objectives 1, 2, and 3).