El Salvador—In September 2014, MAF and four partnering organizations held a formal pastor training for 105 pastors from El Salvador and the surrounding regions. Most of the participants came from rural areas and had little to no formal pastoral education. During the training, MAF introduced several different tools and methods that the participants could use in order to develop their own teaching strategies. Edwin (below) describes how he will use the training to impact those in his region.
MAF has just launched its newest training solution called StoryFire! StoryFire is a free six-part Bible storytelling and discussion series that will engage a variety of groups to discuss how Jesus’ teachings can transform lives today.
Mike and Brooke Harwood and their three sons ages 6, 4 and 16 months will soon be joining MAF’s Tech Resources Team in San Jose, Costa Rica. Joining the Costa Rica team represents a big step culturally for this Montana family ranch man and his Ohio born and raised wife who met while attending Montana Bible College.
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Loading two computer desks onto the luggage rack atop the Tata.
Mysore. Neither field, nor farm, nor village. Big city–third largest in the state. Herds of motorcycles. Bevies of scooters. Droves of rickshaws. Flocks of cars. Gaggles of trucks, busses, muscle drawn carts. And crowds of people. Always people everywhere. Faceless, nameless masses to fellow human eye, but each unique with name and heart known to Father. How does he keep track of the millions? It is a mystery, but a mystery he sends us into.
The congregation that meets at Jeehodvaya Trust for Sunday worship.
We divided Sunday three ways.
For the first piece of the day’s pie, we headed east from Bengaluru, back to Goramadagu. Conditioning from previous India trips reawakened, allowing us to see the world beyond the traffic. Flat land appeared once we left big city cement. Along the highway we looked through a filter of one and two story concret buildings, denuded tree skeletons, trash, and lots of people. Always lots of people. Beyond that, small patches of palms and forest punctuated irregular farm fields and vineyards. Silkworm farms stood out by their even patches of pleasant green with pointed oval leaves. The plants of each plot rose to remarkably even heights–some two feet, some three feet, and some four feet–almost as if trimmed level on purpose. After 40 minutes we passed through the distinctive blue and white striped culvert onto the narrow paved lane and returned to Jeevodhaya Trust, for Sunday worship.
A water cart making deliveries in a country village
We landed in Bengaluru's pre-dawn mist. Twenty six hours travel brought us as far from Idaho as possible without leaving the planet. The darker than night sky, barely visible through steamy aircraft windows, seemed unready to welcome us. "Four Thirty in morning? Are you kidding me?" it said. But sluggish bodies, hungry for movement, rose to the post airline flight ritual. Ron Banks, Regina Manley and I squeezed with everyone else into the aisles, pulled bags that may have shifted during flight from the overhead compartments and shuffled out of the aircraft and into India.
Pastor Naveen Narasimhappa and Ravi–professional driver turned full-time minister–met us outside the terminal. We tied our luggage to the rack atop the small Tata (an Indian made car) and stuffed all five of us inside. By 6:30 we were in our hotel rooms for naps, food, and reconfiguring for a 10:00am departure to begin MAF's third India ministry outreach.
Learning season is back in full swing especially for our brothers and sisters in El Salvador who just completed their first pastor training session with MAF Tech Resources, along with four other partnering organizations. This was the first of many training sessions aimed at helping to equip local pastors in Santa Ana, El Salvador and the surrounding regions.