31 May 2017

Proclaim!

We're thankful for the many answered prayers over the last month.
The first weekend of the month, EABST hosted a workshop on Bible message development. We explored 2 Timothy as a case study. Jonathan and I enjoyed watching as the students worked through the text, observing the structure of the book, its original occasion and central themes, and its 21st century application. It's such a privilege to see the way that the Lord is equipping these men to serve the church with the Word.
The next week the Huffstutlers and Pittsleys took a quick break out of town. This was an opportunity to retreat and take a deep breath before the next couple of weeks of intense busyness and work. We also took time over the weekend to grow in our relationships as members of the EABST team. One of the first things I noticed was how quiet it was outside the city. We have become so accustomed to the noise of traffic, school children, radios and TVs; it's nice to just hear the wind sometimes.
Two weeks ago, Jenny and I had the privilege of traveling to Malawi. I was able to visit with a teacher and administrator at a pastors' school. There I acquired a feel for their ministry, some ideas to take home for our ministry, and some ways our ministry might be able to serve them in the future. While we were there, Jenny and I also stood as best couple in the wedding of two dear friends. It was such a beautiful ceremony, and it was so exciting to see this couple finally tie the knot!
Last weekend EBC and EABST partnered to host the long awaited Proclaim Conference. We had just over 400 attendees including many international guests. Christ's grace in allowing us to participate in his plans for his church in Africa is so incredible! The opportunity that we have here to equip pastors from many backgrounds with the truth of God's Word—especially this year, with our concentration on God's plan for local churches—is truly invaluable. Please keep praying for this ministry!
During Proclaim and now into this week, Dr. Mark Snoeberger has been teaching on the topic of biblical theology. He has been equipping pastors and other church members with tools they can use as they seek to study for themselves how the pieces of the Bible fit together.
Thank you for keeping us in your prayers. Please continue to mention us before the Lord: It is by his work in us that we are able to bring glory to his name.

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