Day 2 - Training pastors and their wives
Trip Start Jul 12, 2010
17Trip End Jul 22, 2010
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After a tough day of teaching on the responsibilities of Godly pastoral leadership and the responsibility each pastor has for the discipleship of his flock, today was a welcome relief from the important but intense subjects from the day prior. Today we started our sessions with the pastors and their wives separately. The women met upstairs in the stairwell as we all did in our last session in January and the men met as usual in the normal meeting facility. The women discussed what it means to be a Godly wife (Jennifer's blog earlier today details that session well)
Bob and I worked with the men to go over the characteristics of a thriving new testament church. As part of this discussion we had the pastors state in writing what they thought the bible mandated for their roles as pastors and how they felt they were doing. We will be taking what the pastors wrote down today and will use that in our lessons tomorrow. We had some interesting discussions about whether baptism is required for salvation and the necessity for pastors to surround themselves with other men who can support them in ministry and accountability. Bob and I shared a bit about how we hold each other accountable and how important that has been in our Christian walk as husbands and as spiritual leaders of our families.
The second half of the morning session was used to expand our understanding of who each of the pastors and their wives are, where they live, how many children they have, and what their personal ministry looks like. We had them each discuss their community's greatest need and what the percentage of born-again Christians to village citizens was in each area. As the pastors and their wives shared with us we took their pictures so that we can present CBC a bio of each of the pastors and how we might be able to pray for them.
After the "morning" session (we are running on I.S.T. - Indian Standard Time - meaning time is relative) the team went to visit our first village of the trip. We went back to Wadji village (the church on the hill) and met with some of the village residents and spent a brief time in the church. Unlike last trip, we were not able to attend a church service here because most of the villagers were out in the fields working and it was getting dark. Since this church doesn't have power, we left before sundown. The real gem in this particular trip was introducing Carol and Jennifer to how much the village kids enjoy the camera ;)
After Wadji, we drove back for the 7:00 evening teaching session and arrived at 7:45 (again I.S.T - grin). As is the case before EVERY session, we sang and prayed with typical Indian worship enthusiasm and our hearts were lightened. After worship time, Bob got up taught about the importance of a God-given Pastoral Vision. It was obvious that the Lord had that session planned all along as Bob spoke powerfully and effectively. Many of the Pastors were encouraged and remarked that they will share with their congregations what God has put on their hearts for their churches and will hold on to that vision even when God's timing requires waiting or spiritual opposition brings distractions.
All in all a VERY good day!
The Nevins' and the Krakes cherish and appreciate your prayers. We are excited to return to CBC and share with our family there how God is working in India and how CBC will play a part in that effort. We encourage you to begin praying for the pastors and their wives even NOW as they face so much opposition (spiritually, emotionally, and financially) to their work that they get discouraged. We ask that you will join us in supporting these Godly brothers and sisters through the partnership our church is setting up in the coming days! When the team returns to Ky, we will be posting the biographical information for each of the pastor/wife teams that we met this week - PLEASE CONSIDER ADOPTING ONE in prayer and, if the Lord leads you, financially through our church's partnership with Pastor Chacko.
KEEP PRAYING! We sense your prayers!