Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Good Beginning

One of the doors God seems to be opening for us here is the opportunity to help develop and teach a small part of a training program for Czech church leaders.  We will be working with the Czech Republic branch of Martin Bucer Seminary and an evangelical church near Prague to create and test an on-site, Czech language program that will include courses in theology, Bible, and counseling. Mentoring will be an integral component of the program, too, and the participants will be challenged to find other men to mentor during the time they are active in the program. 

The men from the evangelical church are currently serving as elders.  They are aware that they are also the “guinea pigs” for the first trial of the training program.  On Friday, Johnny traveled with René Drápala to a small village near Prague to begin the work.  Veteran missionary Marshall Brown is also a leader in the development and testing; he and his wife  hosted the entire group (pictures nearby). 

It was a delight to spend time with these men, both in the classroom and just sitting around the kitchen table talking about life.  It is a privilege to be involved in such a needed work.  Please pray with us that we will be guided as we seek to develop the curriculum and as we test the good ideas René and Marshall already have; and pray for these men that they and their church will grow, and as a result, God’s kingdom will grow and he will be honored.

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