While meditating on the possibility of establishing a training center for church leaders, I felt led to discuss it with my pastor. He was encouraging and made several observations that I want to share with you. First, it will take time. The old saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day” seems very appropriate here. It also fits with my experience in life. I was once asked how did I get so smart. My answer was it took 75 years and I am still learning every day. I have also observed that the men that God used the most all spent years in preparation. Consider Joseph’s time as a slave, an overseer, a prisoner, and forgotten, before he was made vice regent over Egypt. Or you might consider Daniel’s time as carried off into another country as a prisoner, lost everything and was watched carefully and accused by jealous government officials, cast into the lion’s den yet rose to serve under 3 rulers and was over the wisest of that country. Or David who was the youngest of his 7 brothers, given the least jobs as a shepherd, faced a lion and a bear and then later Goliath, defeating them all and was pursued for 20 years, lost his wife and had multiple attacks on his life before being anointed as king. Even Jesus himself didn’t have it handed to Him. He knew his mission at the age of 12 yet he spent the next 18 years under the authority of his home. These are just some of the examples that are in the Bible.
Secondly, it require the Lord’s power. It is not something that I could ever do on my own. That is good because it is God’s work, not mine. I am just a part of His plan. That way we get to see Him and His working and not me and my working. The Lord wants the world to see Him and that He keeps His word that He really does work in the world today. He is trustworthy and we can attempt great things when God is in charge. Our faith in Him is put on display and He is the one that does the work.
Thirdly, it will work wonders within me. I think it is important to remember that we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works. He is more concerned about our development than He is about our works. It is in the exercise of our faith that we are changed from each glorious experience unto the next glorious experience. Walking by faith in the Lord will tax you to your limit so that you begin to understand His limitlessness.
Fourthly, it will enable those called of God to prepare themselves for the task that He is calling them to do. When I went to China last year and again in Japan this year, I saw the need for a training center. The hunger was greater than I had ever seen as well as the commitment to learn. even at great sacrifice. The fact that the governments are persecuting the church and trying to eliminate Christianity only underscores the need. Whenever a vacuum exist there is an effort to fill it. When I saw people going by the thousands to worship gods that do not exist, I realized how great this need is.
These are just some of the reasons that I am praying and preparing to establish this work. The pastor also issued me a challenge to write out my view of how it should be done and I am working on that. Here is briefly what I see from my vantage point. First, it will begin small to meet some immediate needs. Specific training in the essentials such as the conference we just had in October in walking by faith. The next thing that is on my heart to do is training on knowing the one and only God, as He has revealed Himself. There is no other gods and when you worship a god that doesn’t exist, Satan steps in to be that god and leads people away from the true God. As it progresses it will change in structure but not in dynamic. It will always hold to the Bible for doctrine. It will use the church facilities or rent space for events but will keep cost as low as possible to help those coming for training. It is not clear to me at this time as to many of the details but just as a fog is lifted so also are the detail becoming clearer.
I am asking you to become a part of this effort by praying regularly for this endeavor. I welcome your suggestions and any other help that you believe the Lord would have you do. Mostly, I need your prayers and encouragement. I will be posting additional information in the coming posts as it develops.