Missions Update: Dean Bertsch Reaching & Teaching

MOST RECENT TRIP — OTAVALO, ECUADOR — SEPTEMBER 19-26, 2015

Traveling to teach pastors and church leaders is always a privilege.  It is a special privilege to return to the same location more than one time.  During the week of September 19-26, I was able to return to Otavalo, Ecuador, for the second of nine training  modules.

The training was again held at Iglesia Bautista Canaan in Otavalo.   Each day was broken up into two training sessions, each with different students.  Our morning sessions included a number of pastors from Otavalo and surrounding communities.  While there were a couple local pastors in the evening sessions, the majority of attendees were from Iglesia Bautista Canaan.

On this trip, I was privileged to have Pastor Ed Roman (Carlisle Baptist Church, Carlisle, PA) along to teach on the spiritual discipline of prayer.  Also, John Raudenbush (Oakwood Baptist) and I co-taught a survey of the New Testament.  John carefully walked the students through Paul’s letters; I had the privilege of teaching the other books and letters of the New Testament.

The morning sessions in particular generated a number of  thought-provoking questions.  We were extremely encouraged by the level of attentiveness and engagement of the students.  Conversations with the students before and after the sessions as well as on breaks gave evidence as to how helpful the training is for them.

On the last day, our missionary, Cody Whittaker, put a list of suggested resources (available in Spanish) on the white board.  The hunger for  more teaching was demonstrated as so many of the students wrote down the names of books and asked specific questions about the resources.  As a side note, I had spent some time on the Internet, trying to find prices for the books.  I was extremely encouraged to see that a number of excellent resources are available in Spanish as a free pdf download.

 

Dean Bertsch John Raudenbush Pastor Ed Roman

MOST RECENT TRIP — OTAVALO, ECUADOR — SEPTEMBER 19-26, 2015

Traveling to teach pastors and church leaders is always a privilege.  It is a special privilege to return to the same location more than one time.  During the week of September 19-26, I was able to return to Otavalo, Ecuador, for the second of nine training  modules.

The training was again held at Iglesia Bautista Canaan in Otavalo.   Each day was broken up into two training sessions, each with different students.  Our morning sessions included a number of pastors from Otavalo and surrounding communities.  While there were a couple local pastors in the evening sessions, the majority of attendees were from Iglesia Bautista Canaan.

On this trip, I was privileged to have Pastor Ed Roman (Carlisle Baptist Church, Carlisle, PA) along to teach on the spiritual discipline of prayer.  Also, John Raudenbush (Oakwood Baptist) and I co-taught a survey of the New Testament.  John carefully walked the students through Paul’s letters; I had the privilege of teaching the other books and letters of the New Testament.

The morning sessions in particular generated a number of  thought-provoking questions.  We were extremely encouraged by the level of attentiveness and engagement of the students.  Conversations with the students before and after the sessions as well as on breaks gave evidence as to how helpful the training is for them.

On the last day, our missionary, Cody Whittaker, put a list of suggested resources (available in Spanish) on the white board.  The hunger for  more teaching was demonstrated as so many of the students wrote down the names of books and asked specific questions about the resources.  As a side note, I had spent some time on the Internet, trying to find prices for the books.  I was extremely encouraged to see that a number of excellent resources are available in Spanish as a free pdf download.

Your Partnership Opportunity

Would you prayerfully consider partnering financially in the work of pastoral training with Reaching & Teaching? All Reaching & Teaching missionaries and staff raise support to meet financial needs. Regular financial support provides the fuel that enables the ministry to occur. Together, we can give, pray, and work to help pastors across the globe more faithfully and skillfully proclaim the gospel and shepherd the church. I’m thrilled to help advance the gospel in this way! I hope you’ll join me.

My Commitments to You

In our partnership, I will make the following commitments to you:

  • A Commitment to Good Communication – Your role as a partner in this ministry demands that I keep you regularly informed about what the Lord is doing so that you can better pray for and rejoice with us.
  • A Commitment to Good Stewardship – Your financial commitment is significant, both for you and for those to whom we are ministering. I promise to steward your resources well and to give myself wholeheartedly to the work of the gospel through Reaching & Teaching.
  • A Commitment to YOU – You can count on my commitment to you as a valued partner in the work of the gospel. I am eager to hear from you – your personal prayer requests – so that we can move forward together in the service of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

To partner by mail (make checks payable to “Reaching and Teaching International Ministries):

Reaching and Teaching International Ministriesecfa-accredited
PO Box 122
Wheaton, IL 60187
(Include a note: “Preferenced to Dean Bertsch Ministry Support”)

To partner online:

Go to reachingandteaching.org/give.
Select “Give Online.” Then select “Dean Bertsch” from the drop down menu.Dean Bertsch-contact