We’re in Zambia!

In the United States we have 1 trained pastor for every 250 people.  

Around the rest of the world there is 1 trained pastor

for every 450,000 people!

 

Pastor Corey Kugle (on the right) and I are on our way to the capital of Zambia, Lusaka, to begin our Pathway training of a group of sixteen Zambian pastors in nine, week-long workshops over the next three years. In growing relationships around God’s Word, we will be coaching them how to better observe, understand, interpret, accurately apply and teach God’s Word. Between each of our nine workshops, each of these pastors will be training other pastors in these same bible study skills and tools. Please pray for Corey and me (and my future teammate, Simon Mawdsley, on the left) as we meet, connect with, and work together Monday May 28 through Friday June 1.

On Saturday, June 2, I’ll travel with my Zambian brother Teddy Kamfwa to the town of Livingstone, Zambia where I will be leading a Pathways pre-training of about 50 local pastors. Our hope is to begin a second Pathways training workshop in Livingstone with a second group of 16 pastors who will then train other pastors. Please pray God will challenge and raise up His group of pastors in Livingstone.

You can always follow our journeys, and learn more at pathwaysafrica.org. 

The Sunday after I return from Zambia I’ll be sharing about God’s workings through PathwaysAfrica at Paseo del Rey Church. You’re welcome to join us Sunday, June 10, 9am and 10.35am.

I am so thankful and encouraged by many of you who have joined me with your financial partnership. I’m currently about one third of the way to my goal of $2800 per month. Your partnership will pay rich dividends in these pastors and their families and churches’ lives, and the pastors they train, for all of eternity. 

I’d like to invite others of you to invest prayers and finances with me in PathwaysAfrica. Would you prayerfully consider partnering in training pastors who train pastors by committing to $25, $50, $80, $150 a month, or a special annual gift?

If you would like to join my team, go to pathwaysafrica.org and click Support Pathways.  Or you can send your gifts directly to Paseo del Rey Church, memo “Pathways”, 900 Paseo del Rey, Chula Vista, CA 91910. All gifts are fully tax-deductible and you will receive a year-end receipt from the church.

Welcome to Zambia!

Pastor Jean Berchamas invited us to open our bibles to Colossians. As he began to unfold God’s Word, tears came to my eyes. In our first few Pathways workshops in Rwanda, Pastor Jean and the other 15 pastors would open their bibles, read a verse, and then launch into stories and exhortations which had little to do with the passage they said they were preaching.

But now, several Pathways workshops later, Pastor Jean (second from left) and the other pastors were handling more accurately God’s Living Word, faithfully keeping their finger in the text. Stories from their churches told of new joy and obedience as God’s Word was preached faithfully, with clarity and relevance. And these 16 pastors were actively passing on what they were learning to other pastors in Rwanda!

These pastors had not lacked love or passion for Jesus. Rather, like so many other pastors around the world, they lacked access to training in how to study and teach God’s Word.

On July 29, I will transition from Lead Pastor of Paseo del Rey Church and become a missionary from Paseo del Rey. It has been a joy and a privilege to shepherd these wonderful people of Paseo del Rey Church for the past 38 years.

Now, God has opened a new door, and I will be focusing my time and attention on training more pastors who will train pastors in Africa. April and I will continue to live in Chula Vista, but I’ll be in Africa more, 3-4 times a year, 3-4 weeks at a time (April will join me on one journey each year).

I will be leading two different Pathways Training Networks. Each Pathways Training Network consists of 16 pastors who prepare for and participate in 9 one-week workshops that span three years. Being together over the three years provides time to nurture trusting relationships that are the bridge for meaningful and lasting discipleship, growth and training. We are launching our first Pathways group in Zambia in May, even before my transition actually occurs.

Paseo del Rey Church is committed to training pastors in Africa with me, and is generously providing a portion of my support for Pathways Africa.

I’d like to invite you to join my Pathways Africa Partnership team, investing in training pastors, like Jean in Africa. I am asking God for a group of partners like you who will pray regularly and financially support my work each month, or with an annual gift, over and above what you are giving your local church.

You can respond by clicking here. Join me in investing in training pastors who train pastors in Africa. Paseo del Rey Church will receive and administer your financial gifts—there are no administrative fees, and as your gifts are given directly to Paseo del Rey Church they are fully tax deductible.

Your partnership will bring a feast of God’s Word to many as together we team to train pastors who train pastors to study and preach God’s Living Word.

I hope and plan to talk personally with many of you individually over the next few months to share more about investing with me in Pathways Africa.