Bible Institute at Cerro Miel.
BIBLE STUDY METHODS - Module #3
Getting together to go over teachings.
Hello everyone is a joy to write again about what God is doing in the mountains of Panama.
The Bible Institute was just an amazing experience; around 40 attendants between pastors, leaders and future leaders came to learn more about the Bible. In this occasion the module Part I that the group studied was Bible Studies Methods. Being such a long module it has been divided in two parts, Part II will be studied on Oct 17-21.
Three full days, deep into God’s Word was a challenge for some, an eye opening for others but at the same time a very enriching in the knowledge and understanding of His Word for our lives. God blessed us by having 4 teachers from Costa Rica and 4 from the partner church in the USA. At the end, they prayed for the teachers and a safe travel back home.
Pastors and Leaders were deeply grateful with God by sending the teachers and us and partner with them by bringing the Bible Institute to them in order to learn more and understand more.
I wrote this report after our last mission trip two weeks ago to Bocas del Toro where the Lord allowed us to meet some diamond workers in the Lord, God willing they will join us for the Oct Bible Institute where they hope to be polished in order for Jesus to shine in them and keep working hard spreading the good news.
We had problems with the equipment, for no reason the computer appeared to have lost the power point and the material been taught. That meant that we needed to go the old fashion way, no problem for that, but David did not give up and spend until 1:00am trying to recuperate the information and of course God was in control, he was able to have the equipment ready for the team to use next day, Praise the Lord. Some times we thing what is our service in a team? God knows how He places people in the proper place, in the proper time.
Thanks so much for praying
DAVID VEGA / Mission starts with you
Edited by Talsidia Vega
In this occasion we had more students than expected and others for strong reasons were not able to attend but are committed to catch up with the module.
Pastor Jim and Mickel are good exponents of the Word of God and open to answer any question the students might have. This group of students is more proactive, they are not afraid of asking questions and they are good questions, one of the things we tell them is that it is very important not to go home having doubts, better to ask than to keep not knowing. So that is what they are doing.
Pastor Enrique, who is the one coordinating the place to stay, the cooks and did the invitations supervises many of the pastors attending the Institute therefore he follows up with them in anything they need in reference with the Institute and materials needed.
We appreciate your prayers for the next class that is programmed for the end of May and in this opportunity the Church that sponsors this Institute will be sending a few teachers, among them is the Senior Pastor, brother Todd Calaway. So also keep them in prayers, for any need there might be with their trip.
May God keep you and bless you as you serve Him in the calling He has given you.
Talsy and David.
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Eph 6:18[g]NLT
October 23, 2017
Hello my brothers in Christ.
The Bible Institute held every four month started this las Oct the 11th - 16th, it was wonderful, the new students were eager to receive their first class / module named “Trust and Obey” that talks about Theology, how the Canon was put together, the criteria the different books had to go through in order to be in the Canon. It was just so edifying.
Our arrival to Algarrobo for our last module of the Bible Institute was smooth and dry (no rain). We settle and got ready for starting next day at noon.
This last module was "Church History", even though the story itself was a little complicated, things changed when we enter the section of "Church History in Latin America"; specially when we came to the point of the "conquistadores". History tells the story from our perspective but is very different from the native's perspective, wow, at that moment the class became alive, with stories carried from generation to generation, stories told by the grandparents and so on. By hearing them share,I felt ashamed with all the harm done to native cultures and the way in which the Gospel entered our land; it was the wrong way, not God's way. The harm is already done and we need to learn from past mistakes. We learned a lot of how the Mama Tata believe was born and how the Gospel came to the Ngobe reservation; all this through their sharing.
For three year a group of almost 30 started their studies in the Institute, some very shy, others with little knowledge about the Bible and others not knowing if they will finish the 15 courses required for graduating. Little by little some could not continue due to, coffee harvest and the need to search for a better income, others due to work, training etc, we felt sad for that but the Institute continued. Last Saturday June the 3rd, 13 received their certificate that proved their perseverance and determination to finish well, Mateo and disciples had to travel for day and half, Simon had to walk for 5 hours and so on in order to attend.
The last day we had to stay for the Sunday service since the car that was to pick us up, came in late; but what a blessing to hear how Pastor's Lorenzo preaching has improved, and how Domingo has changed from a shy and little talkative person to a person willing to share from the pulpit and telling me that he together with Dionisio will join the team to hacha this coming Sunday the 11th.
Having Tate, Pastor Todd's son on board brought the local kids the challenge of playing using the kid's sign "a soccer ball". No problem with language, they solved that.
Praise the Lord for ministries such as Crosspoint Ch, IBAC (Bible Institute) that come to be a blessing in the equipping of workers that will use properly the Word of God. To God be the glory and thank you for holding us in prayers.
The report from the Balsa Team will follow soon.
In Him and until He comes back again,
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15.