Passion for the Lost
After we returned from our Sabbatical in early August, Lisa and I were privileged again to participate in World Impact’s Evangel School of Urban Church Planting Dean Training. The purpose of this training is to train up church leaders to equip and charter church planters to plant churches and start church planting movements among the urban poor in this country and around the world!
We had 37 deans, representing 13 different “dean teams.” The deans were from various urban sites across the country, and we had two teams from Tanzania and Bangladesh. We had various evangelical churches, ministries and denominations represented during this four-day event.
As a result of this training, we certified and commissioned 37 deans for the glory of God. These leaders were trained to host their own Evangel Schools of Urban Church Planting within their own context and church planting movement.
One of the highlights for me was being a coach to a number of these dean teams and seeing their heart and passion for the lost. The Bangladesh team has a passion to not only plant churches in Bangladesh, but also among many thousands of Bangladesh people on the East Coast. One of their team goals is to reach the many different people groups with the gospel who live in New York City.
I had the joy of spending time with Bishop Charles and Rev. Joel from the Tanzania team after the conference. As I was taking them to the family Entz farm to see corn harvest in progress, I listened to their heart and burden for the lost they want to reach in remote and difficult places in Tanzania.
Please pray to the Lord of the harvest for these 37 deans as they equip laborers for the harvest. Thanks again for your partnership in reaching the lost for Christ!