As some of you know, the Garifuna Bible school has pastors and church leaders who meet for one week of classes about every three months. Baptist and United Brethren leaders have also been involved. This group began about a year and a half ago, and they first studied a series on Acts. Since September, they have been taking the four-part First Principles series, covering fundamental areas of the gospel and discipleship. Starting this year, some students have begun implementing the First Principles program in their home churches and communities.
This past week we completed the fourth and final part, Habits of the Heart. We studied and discussed Scriptures related to spiritual disciplines, not only in an individual sense (such as personal devotionals), but the biblical basis for habits as families, church families, and members of our communities. A core theme was the biblical motivation behind cultivating disciplines, out of a loving response to all Jesus is and has done for us, and the importance of growing together as families and congregations.
John, originally from Canada and now living in Honduras, facilitated discussions.
Discussions were held in small groups and also with the whole group.
Times of prayer are more meaningful now since participants have developed friendships over time.
Participants are encouraged to now begin the second series, which focuses in greater depth on God's plan for households and church families. They will meet for the first session in September and also celebrate the graduation of those who completed the first series during this past year. Sadly, Fernando and I will not be in Honduras at that time, but we look forward to continuing with this group when we return to Honduras later this year.
Please pray for these godly leaders to be diligent in their studies as they prepare for classes in September, and for unity and wisdom as they train leaders through this discipleship program.
I will soon post an update about a OneStory workshop I am helping facilitate. Thank you for your prayers and support; we are thankful for what you do to make all of this possible!