Today was the first day of the pastoral training in Ampitambe. We had approximately 30 pastors representing around 20 churches who attended this first day. Each of us had the opportunity to preach, with Scott giving 3 messages, while Dave and I contributed one each. We covered in 5 messages the first 9 verses of Titus 1 and were all challenged to evaluate ourselves against the high standard of Scripture commanding church leaders to be “above reproach” (Titus 1:6). What a blessing it is to see their eagerness to study God’s Word and to be challenged by it. After an entire day of teaching, the attendees still asked many questions during the Q&A session which took us past nightfall.
Our wives had a wonderful time of fellowship with the pastors’ wives and other women who came to attend. CJ and Ashley shared their testimony and answered questions about life as a Christian woman in America. Then, Lily addressed the topic of the role of women in the church calling each woman to make Scripture their sole authority. A lot of questions were fielded by the audience demonstrating their interest and eagerness to learn.
Please pray for the next 2 days of training with some of our team members having some stomach issues. Please pray that God would grant us the strength and wisdom to continue to faithfully proclaim His Word.