The most powerful tool in the hands of holy men of God is the Word of God.
Yesterday we finished the “Target” Pastor’s Training Conference here in Puebla, Mexico. It was quite an event. Pastors and church leaders came to Puebla from an area called “the Sierra”–about 5 or 6 hours to the North. A few attended from the local area, but for the most part this conference was intended for those who have no access to training in the more hard-to-reach areas. They arrived on Monday afternoon and the conference began at about 3:30 or so.
After learning the reasons that we must preach the Bible from 2 Timothy 3, we embarked on a study of Biblical theology using the first five chapters of the book of Romans. We went slowly and carefully through the book of Romans. We examined the doctrine of the Gospel, Salvation, the wrath of God, Redemption, Justification by Faith, Propitiation, and Reconciliation. The questions flowed freely, we laughed, cried, prayed, sang, ate, studied, and (tried to) talk together.
Our conference closed by learning to write a Biblical sermon from Romans 5:1-6 on the “Fruits of our Justification”. Our hearts rejoiced to hear several of the men share briefly how they planned to introduce this sermon to their churches. Finally, we showed a video of the same type of conference that has been (and will be in April) held in Uganda. They men cried as they saw their Ugandan brothers learning the same things that they learned. Marcelino, a young man who is a budding leader in the church remarked that he thought that he and his family had needs, but he said that those needs were nothing compared to those in Uganda.
We were able to provide each attendee with a book (in Spanish) on Theology and we were able to provide the first time attendees with a Concordance, Bible Dictionary, and Bible Commentary. Bendigno, a church leader from a remote village explained, “I have dreamed for 15 years of having Bible study tools. Never did I think I would be able to own something like this. Thank you!”
As we left today we gathered our brothers together for one last time. We prayed that God would bless the local churches with men of God who stand to faithfully deliver the Word of God and that He, through His Word, would ignite a revival in this country. May it be…
Thanks for praying for “Target” Mexico. We’re on the bus right now…somewhere between Puebla and Mexico City. Pray for us and pray for the continued needs here and around the world!