“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Proverbs 15:22
There are many scriptures that speak about seeking counsel. Many of them are regarding the counsel of the Lord, but this one from proverbs speaks also about the counsel of man.
September is the All Boards meeting and the seven members of the World Missions Committee will be meeting to make decisions for each of the fields of ministry plus the Ambassador Institute and Journey Missions. This will be an important meeting with many large items to discuss. Pray for that meeting and the ministry that follows. The WMC is made up of: Pastor Craig Johnson, Scott Erickson, Glenn Espe, Paul Handsaker, Dr. Lyle Mattson, Pastor David Nelson, and Pastor Kent Sperry. The World Missions Committee meets for two days, four times a year.
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth... so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will… accomplish what I desire.” Isaiah 55:10-11
In September, Pam and I took a personal trip on behalf of Emmaus Lutheran Church in Bloomington, MN to work with the Bible Institute Students down in the Baja of Mexico. Our week with the students went very quickly and their hunger for the Word of God was refreshing. They were deeply moved as they personalized the stories of the Bible and as they were introduced to Jesus throughout the Old and New Testaments.
The students represented the countries of Spain, Portugal, El Salvador, and Mexico. Within Mexico, the students came from the Oaxacan Indians, Mexico City, Guadalajara, and the Baja areas. Some of them came out of rehabilitation and prison, others grew up as orphans, and others came from pastors families. All of them were learning the stories of God’s Word and putting them into practice as they did outreaches to the local communities.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
One of the hallmarks of the reformation was bringing the Word of God to people in their own language. Martin Luther translated the Bible into German for the first time. It was an emphasis on making God’s Word accessible and understandable for the common people.
A hallmark of this oral training strategy is to bring God’s Word to people in their own language as well as in a form in which they are able to hear and understand. This training is not a question of whether people can read, but it is all about how they learn, remember, and teach others. Students of the Ambassador Institute have commented on how God’s Word became a part of them rather than information that they had learned. They had memorized the Word in a way that allowed them to remember it, study it for themselves, and to teach others.Partner with us in this effort to make God’s Word accessible to those who have not heard, nor understood, nor had a chance to know Jesus in a living and personal way.
“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Elisha is a simple man and does not get much credit or recognition for his life of ministry. He is the main driver for the ministry in India. He is given full responsibility for the ministry vehicle. He keeps the vehicle in good running order and he carries people for hours and hours over Indian roads in the midst of Indian traffic. The traffic includes: trucks, buses, bicycles, motorcycles, animals, ox carts, and pedestrians in addition to the road itself.
Two years ago, Elisha and Mercy had their marriage arranged. It was a difficult adjustment for both of them to go from single and unaware of each other one month and married the next. Mercy became pregnant soon after their marriage and they had their first child ten months later.
Elisha is a servant for Jesus, a good father, and a safe driver. He makes the Ambassador Institute train events possible. He waits patiently for the training to be completed and then he faithfully delivers his guests safely home.
The trip to India in November will focus on a graduation for two classes, the printing of the books, the board meetings, introducing the Romans curriculum, and possible new classes.
“Entrust to reliable men who will then be qualified to teach others.” 2 Timothy 2:2
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