Pastors in Training
In 2012, In Deed and Truth Ministries graduated 13 pastors after spending three years in our Bible Institute.
Our prayer has always been to continue training pastors and others interested in studying God’s Word at a deeper level. Now 10 years later we have 31 church plants and 35 pastors who desperately desire to be better trained. It is a with great joy and excitement I can announce the Lord has heard our cry and answered our prayers to find teachers for our pastors. We have partnered with Intensive Care Ministries (ICM), who serve worldwide, equipping national Pastors and Christian workers in studying the Bible inductively.
In May we welcomed Jim and Janice Larson, missionaries in Tanzania with ICM, to meet and assess IDAT pastors to see if we might be a good fit for their Inductive Bible Study course. We had 30 pastors in attendance and will start our first diploma course in December.
Blessings for Pastors
Many of our church plants are a days walk from Tonj or a few hours on a bicycle. Our heart was to provide a bicycle for our existing 25 pastors and the 10 new pastors in training. Thanks to a generous partner, we were able to purchase bicycles for the pastors in need. It was another answer to prayer!
We were able to distribute these bicycles at the last training.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16–17
Another blessing was receiving 86 study bibles for me to take to these pastors for their training. A HUGE thank you to everyone who gave to this need.
Hunger Crisis in Tonj
South Sudan is on the midst of a food crisis driven mostly by last year’s severe flooding, destroying crops and threatening food security. Many of our CHE villages are affected and face extreme hunger.
I have witnessed this several times over the past 23 years but this year there has been no outside support. Most of these villages will not be accessible in a month or two due to heavy rain. We are already seeing people on the brink of famine and eating only leaves. IDAT is committed to supporting these villages and you can help us provide food through donations to our ‘Food Crisis’ fund. http://bit.ly/idatfoodcrisis
The bible reminds us that just as we have accepted Christ Jesus as our Lord, we must continue to follow Him, walking in the Spirit with love, compassion, mercy and grace. Please be praying for Tonj.