We’ve just left
Our hearts and minds are still in awe that God would choose us for this task. We arrived a month ago today with copies of a 52 page booklet of teaching notes we wrote for each pastor couple. In a nation of only 800,000 residents, we had the privilege of training over 130 pastor-couples, in the four major cities on the two largest islands, the biblical principles of marriage.
we knew God had led us, we were unprepared to learn how key these
would be. A 78-year-old man called Uncle Mesu, known nation-wide from
as a radio personality, had been praying and preparing for a ministry
families: Family Life
We started at each location by reminding them that although
We were told that our ways of interacting together as a couple was a major teaching element for the principles we taught. At each of the four seminars we received affirmations on a level we’ve never received before. Repeatedly we heard the words, “for such a time as this.” Again and again we expressed to one another our awe that God had chosen us to be here and share what God has taught us about marriage and family. We can see now how God has been preparing us for this time of our lives. Because they revere age, our 48 years of marriage and 35 years of experience as pastors gave us extra credibility.
At the end of one session a pastor in the audience was asked to lead the closing prayer. To our amazement, he openly repented to God, to the group, and to his wife, for his failure to practice the Bible’s teachings about husbands. He said he would be repenting to his congregation the next Sunday.
Pastors of the various denominations attended: Methodist (the national church), a range of Evangelicals, Pentecostals, Evangelical Catholics, and others. We encouraged them to continue meeting together as pastors for fellowship and unity.
We’ve received invitations to return to each of these cities, as well as go to some of the outer islands, and a desire for more training in the area of family life. There’s also some talk of Bev teaching writing in the colleges, even from a Christian standpoint. We’re looking forward to seeing what God’s plans are for us in
Thank you again for your prayer support for us. It was a spiritual battle, but God brought the victory.