Our pastors conference is going extremely well. They have been among the most responsive groups of pastors we have ever taught. It is amazing what persecution and suffering does to godly leaders–they get even more fervent in their love for Christ and for the lost. For instance, I had a great talk with a pastor today named Anastase. He was a childhood friend of one of my new missionary friends in Portland who grew up here near Goma. Pastor Anastase told me that people ask him why he doesn’t leave the area since it is so unsafe. He oversees the evangelism for his denomination of 375 churches and travels into very dangerous areas. He said “the Apostle Paul charged us to preach the Word in season and out of season. This means in good times and bad. This is a very bad time for the Congo. So I will preach the Word here and share Christ with the lost everywhere I can.” He is so grateful for the teaching on abuse and healing that we are giving.
We’ve already been invited to teach 500 pastors here next summer and 500 more (for a different denomination) in western Congo next summer. The pastor who asked me said “we’ve seen a lot of material but yours is the first that is biblically based. You are giving us God’s Word to help people heal. This is what our denomination [of 3000 churches] has been waiting for.”
The past few days have seen a lot of fighting outside Goma with many casualties.
Thanks for standing with us in prayer.