The room is pulsing with the sense of anxiety and fear. The African people take their tests very seriously. We have finished 2 weeks of training and had 52 students finish the training in Manyoni. From there 18 of the 52 qualified to go on to certification training. After 3 days of intense training we are now testing them to see that these faithful diligent students can adequately communicate the principles and process of Bible Study we have been teaching them. They so desperately want to succeed and I have no doubt all will be participate in helping with training at some level.
Ezekiel Mkamba has been the main trainer in this portion of the training and it is obvious he has done a fantastic job. The students have learned well. As a result of the training we will have 4 lead trainers, 8 trainers and 10 assistant trainers.
All who have been trained are required to work alongside one of the experienced lead trainers before they are allowed to train on their own. They have scheduled a meeting to develop a calendar of trainings that we will not be involved in. They now are taking this to the villages where we will never go. It is what we have been working towards. Right now, the plan is for the team to have trainings in Entigi and Karatu before the end of the year. We could not hope for anything better.
We are so grateful to all of you who support what we do. Many of the pastors that have been impacted with this training will never have opportunity for formal training. In fact, the majority in this class had not finished primary school (Elementary school) What a joy we experience to see these pastors be given the tools they need to feed their people spiritually. The eternal impact is truly overwhelming!
My husband John has been with us during the celebration of completion for the 52 students and then for the certification training. It was very special to have him here to hand out certificates of completion to these students. It was very special to the students as well to meet John and get to know him. I loved having him here!
Today John heads back to the U.S. and I head on to Ethiopia where I will join up with Lawrence Buren to conduct a Timothy Project Phase 1 in Addis Ababa. Please pray for us.
The one thing that has been so difficult on this trip is that we have not had a big enough team. I have needed a program logistics person on each of the different legs of this trip and have found that we have struggled to have the program logistics come together in a smooth fashion. We have made it through but many things were very difficult that would not have been if we had another person with us. Please if you have ever thought of joining a team, don’t hesitate – we really need the help!
Blessings to you all,
Ancient Promise Ministries