My wife and I are in our second term as IW’s in our adopted country after lengthy careers as public-school educators on the East Coast. We completed one year of national language study and two and a half years of intensive local trade language study. We have served as team leaders for the better part of a year. Our primary ministry is to teach English as a Foreign Language at our ministry center to young professionals and university students. In addition to seeking to tangibly help our students, we seek to allow the Spirit to cultivate relationships that will allow the sharing of the Truth in this predominately non-Christian nation. We also seek to engage our students outside of class with “Experience God” bible studies, "dinner/lunch with the teacher" experiences and special events at our center. Furthermore, we try to support the national Alliance church by our attendance at worship, seeking discipleship opportunities among young believers and providing literature and funding resources. God is also providing opportunities to share the Word with neighbors and house workers!
Recently we have been privileged to facilitate a thirteen-week journey of biblical discovery with as many as eight students, all but two of them from the majority religion. This course uses the signs and prophets throughout the Word to point participants to the Messiah. Most of the students in this study have been open to exploring the Word at our center for as many as six years. Those from the majority faith are in the “discipleship process” although none of them have openly chosen to follow Jesus yet. God is drawing our non-believing friends to Himself! In our context, however, it is often a painfully slow process that requires the platform of deep trusting relationships. Our Lord's persevering desire is that everyone would have access to the Good News and the opportunity to either accept or reject His invitation!
- Good relationship building with their students during the summer trimester (June & July).
- Peace in the country and to save the extremists that wreak havoc in this country.
- To move in their students' hearts, that there would be curiosity about and a desire to receive Jesus as their Savior.