The English version comes across as Pastor Edward. He was part of the first seminar offered. He was also a member of the first graduating class this past March. This post is on the blog page as reminder of the Meet the Pastors series (published under the Stories tab).
Pastor Edward does a great job in his ministry. When he arrives for class, he usually has two other pastors on his scooter. He has a heart for ministry as well as his fellow ministers.
Space won’t allow me to tell the story, but Pastor Edward is a great example of faith. It took quite a few discussions for these pastors to understand the Biblical idea of restoration. Their culture and tradition takes the position: one strike and you’re out! The Church has long been known as the only army that shoots its wounded. Part of our work with these pastors was to help them overcome rigid legalism and embrace the Biblical concept of grace.
One particular session will always remain in my memory. We had spent a great deal of time that particular week stretching their understanding of grace. Honestly, our faculty was a little frustrated. In our evening evaluation session (back at the Mission House) we came up with a strategy to address the subject in the next day’s lessons. It was a little unusual, but we prayed about it and sensed it was the right thing to do.
Our morning sessions went well the next day (a Wednesday). On Thursday, Pastor Edward was noticeably excited as we began class. He wanted to share something. I let him do it.
He had used our lesson material from Wednesday morning as his Wednesday evening message at his church. We had challenged the pastors to act Biblically. In response, he challenged his congregation to act Biblically. There was a problem in the congregation and community. The pastor and the church confronted it. What was the result?
There is a predicable progression at work. This pastor decided to act in faith. He expected others to act in faith. Their collective acts of faith resulted in a long-standing problem being resolved before everyone went to bed on Wednesday evening.
I can’t wait to see what will happen when a man like this acts in faith to plant a new church! Will you pray for Pastor Edward?