26 April 2017

Catching Up and Thinking Ahead

Every once in a while the Lord gives us merciful little reminders that what we call normal is in reality a very fragile thing. As the seasons changed from dry to rainy this year, I noticed a number of people taking time out due to illness. And three Fridays ago, I got hit too. I was diagnosed with some sort of bacterial infection in my blood. Antibiotics treated it pretty quickly, but a stomach bug took the opportunity to swoop in just as I was getting over the infection. I've been grateful to God over the last week to be able to recover the energy to catch up on everything. All told the month of April has flown by incredibly quickly!
This last week we had the enjoyable treat of meeting with a pastor friend from the States. We had  nyama choma (Kenyan barbecue), and he walked our students through several aspects of the life of a church planter and pastor. We're thankful for opportunities like this to equip and shape our students as they engage in ministries of their own.
Next month is shaping up to be a big month for EABST and our local church, Emmanuel Baptist. The weekend after next, EABST is doing a one-day workshop on 2 Timothy, helping students work through the process of interpreting the Bible and preparing expository sermons. The big event at the end of the month is the Proclaim Conference, our pastors' conference. This year, we will be concentrating on the importance of the local church. Christ's good news creates a community and to miss the priority of the community is to misunderstand his mission.
Please keep these items in prayer. As always your efforts and partnership with us in prayer are a source of deep encouragement. Our awesome God is worthy of our reliance and confidence.