We also had several from the team building tables and bunk beds for the training center. Team members also painted the dining room and two dormitory areas. The new tables were put to use in the dining hall before the week was even finished. The training center is really coming together as we put on the finishing touches. A young married couple from Kentucky will be living in the center over the summer. These school teachers will be spending their summer helping Reaching & Teaching in local ministries and surveying surrounding areas. We need this information to enable us to reach and teach the unreached unengaged communities through evangelism and planting doctrinally sound New Testament churches.
God opened the door for us to reach out to an unreached unengaged community that has always been Gospel-hostile. We began building bridges there on previous trips but had our most hopeful interaction there on this last trip as Reaching & Teaching board member and Medical Director, Dr. Jeff Love,
along with Teach to Transform’s Dr. Tom McKechnie led in our medical ministry in this Andean community. One of our Tambo training center students, Francisco, is seeking to plant a church in this area. He was so thankful for this medical ministry to supplement his work, which he said gives the Gospel credibility and opens hearts to receive an evangelical witness.
Francisco would know the importance of open ears and arms. A drunken crowd beat him with fists and sticks just a few years ago, simply for being an evangelical pastor. Unless you have been the lone witness in a hostile community, you cannot imagine the joy that comes from seeing the smiles of neighbors where sneers once were. Reaching & Teaching is partnering with Teach to Transform since we share the same desire and vision to teach teachers and train trainers in the ministry goals God has given each of us wherever we serve. Rather than have Westerners do everything, we long to see solid Christian leaders ministering to their own people with the best training possible in culturally appropriate ways.
Since we were blessed with so many teachers on this trip, we added evening classes in two different locations. One location hosted a study of 1 John on Thursday evening and the other was held in a believing home where we divided up the 1 John teaching over four evenings. This home is in a community that is hundreds of years old but not only is it without any evangelical church, it has historically been very hostile to evangelicals. On the last evening, Reaching & Teaching staff member, Ben Stafford, led in the study of 1 John 5 while his wife, Marissa, taught children outside so the adults could focus on the teaching. Afterward, a young 22-year-old lady indicated great interest in the Gospel and I had the opportunity to share with her further and lead her to Christ. As I was emphasizing the
Pray for our efforts to reach and teach in the areas where there is no church, and to train godly men who can pastor these churches and train future generations to rightly divide the Word of Truth. We have invitations from over 100 areas asking for our ministry in places where we are not able to go without your support. Please pray about giving and going to join us in glorifying Christ among the nations, and share this ministry opportunity with other missions minded believers. God is using your prayers, financial gifts, and participation to enable this ministry. Thank you!