January 2012 Update

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In Genesis 12:3, God said to Abraham, “. . . in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Commenting on this particular text, Paul says, “And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham saying, ‘In you shall all the nations be blessed.’ So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith” (Galatians 3:8-9). Continue reading

Athens

Tomorrow I leave for Athens Greece with my good friend, Pastor Matthew Henry of
Missio Dei Fellowship in Kenosha. We will arrive in Athens on Saturday, preach at
some ethnic churches on Sunday, and spend next week leading mini conferences.
Pastor Matt will lead seminars on “Theology, Preaching, and the Pastor—An Urgent Call
to Be Men Controlled by the Word of God.” I will be teaching on “Unity of the Bible.”

Our purpose is to follow up on the trip we took last May and also to lead mini
conferences with various church leaders. Training Leaders International will launch a
Theological Training Center in Athens in January so we are laying the groundwork for
that. Many pastors in Athens lack theological education and do not think that they
need it. We will help them see the importance of studying to be better equipped for
teaching and preaching.

A Strategic Opportunity

Here is our schedule, sent by the Southern Baptist missionary with
whom we will work. You can see what a strategic opportunity this is.
We have an opportunity to teach church leaders from 6 language
groups. Training Leaders International will start a center to train
pastors for these language groups, sending teams to Athens three times
a year for 3-4 years.

  • Monday, November 14:   Arabic Language
  • Monday, November 14:  Farsi Language.
  • Tuesday, November 15:  English Language (for Africans, Filipino, and other English speakers)
  • Wednesday, November 16:   Hindi or Urdu Language
  • Thursday, November 17:  Albanian Language
  • Friday, November 18:  Romanian Language

Pray that:

  1. Our ministry will be well received by the brothers in
    Athens.
  2. We will teach with clarity and that God will be pleased to
    accomplish his purpose for Athens through us. For many to
    see the need for theological education in their lives and
    churches.
  3. We will make good progress in laying the ground work for
    TLI training center, which begins in January.
  4. Travel mercies, and for Linda and the kids to be well back
    at home.