I know my last letter was just a couple days ago (see below), but it’s already time to head out. And I definitely have some prayer requests to pass along.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, January 25), Kathy, Amanda, and I
will be leaving for Argentina. After layovers in Miami and Sao Paulo, we are scheduled to arrive in Cordoba, Argentina, late morning on Thursday.
Amanda will be spending the next three months in Cordoba. Our friends (and Reaching & Teaching missionaries) Jason and Kami Wright now live in Cordoba.
They will be going through intensive language learning, starting the first full week of February. Jason and Kami have three young children (Kayden, age 7; Carley, age 3; and Brielle, age 1). Amanda is going to serve the Wrights as a nanny for three months, enabling them to concentrate more on their language acquisition.
I’m excited to give you a quick report on our trip to Otavalo. (We returned home yesterday.)
We had a terrific week of teaching. The receptivity of the students was extremely encouraging. Following a couple of the sessions, some of the pastors went out of their way to tell us how helpful the teaching was this week.
Pastor Ed Fleming’s teaching on evangelism really connected with the students. They received teaching on the theology of evangelism as well as many useful tips and suggestions.
Pastor Don Foose and I taught on missions, which included a number of the following topics: a foundational understanding of missions, the missionary call, a Biblical theology of mission, world religions, applied anthropology, church planting and discipleship, and missions in the 21st Century.
A number of times, students would tell us how helpful and important the topics were. In fact, at the end of the week, one of the pastors stood up to speak words of encouragement to us. He told us he really values the teaching we’ve been providing, and he has been teaching his church. He indicated he is raising up Bible teachers.
The previous evening, we were having dinner with one of the men. We were talking about all the people out there teaching false doctrine. He said, “Before you started coming, we would listen to a number of teachers. Now that we’ve learned so much, we can see that some of them are teaching false doctrine.” This was so encouraging, to learn of the increased discernment on the behalf of the students.
I want to thank Pastors Don Foose and Ed Fleming for their work in preparing and teaching their lessons, as well as preaching on Sunday morning (Don) and Tuesday evening (Ed.) In addition, I want to thank Sarah Foose for her help in translating our outlines into Spanish, which is a huge help to the students. I also want to thank Al Sites for providing transportation home from the airport yesterday.
The next module in Otavalo will be the third week of May. If you keep a prayer list, please add the pastors and churches in Otavalo and surrounding communities.
Thank you so much for your prayer and support.
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