Teaching in Nicaragua
I was supposed to be in Nicaragua this week teaching in the International Leadership Institute. (ILI) On the day before my departure, I noticed that my passport expired, so I will have to go later this year. ILI holds about 300 training events each year and in 2010 trained over 10,000 Christian pastors and leaders. The students are mostly bi-vocational pastors in poor or rural areas of the world where very few pastors or church leaders ever get to go to seminary. About 8 years ago the Lord gave me a passion to raise up future leaders for the church. So this teaching opportunity feeds this desire and hunger in me to enable future leaders for the church not only here in my community but around the world as well. Every time I teach in an ILI event, I learn so much from the students and people I meet in other nations. They give to me and bless my life even more than I impart to them.
We will seek to equip these students in being Bible teachers, leading their churches with vision and focus, raising up leaders, mobilizing believers for mission, how to balance their call and family life, stewardship and challenge each student to use the ILI materials to train 50 of their peers in the next year. Pray for the students, the teachers and their churches as they worship, learn together, and travel to and from the conference. May this ILI event equip the students and churches in Nicaragua to rise up and grow the kingdom in their area for the glory of God!