One of the best ways to reach the world with the good news of Jesus is to train Pastors. I have a number of friends who have been involved in doing this in short-term stints in India and Africa with great fruit. My sister and her husband (Jen & Martin Shadwick) are taking a team over in about a week to teach a stack of Indian Pastors using Moore College notes. It’s really exciting. I’d love it if you’d consider partnering with them by prayer support and/or financial support. See their email below…
We write to let you know about an exciting way in which you can partner us as we go to India next week to train pastors from across the south of India.
We will be spending 2 weeks in India with 3 students from Newcastle Christian Students. Leaving Saturday 6th Feb and returning the 21st Feb (the 22nd is the beginning of O-week!!!). We are going in partnership with The Indian Gospel League. This organisation is doing amazing things in India – particularly in the area of Church Planting (1000s of churches a year!!).
The first week will be spent training pastors in Salem from the book of Ephesians (Moore College Preliminary Theological Certificate). Martin will be doing the majority of the lectures with 2 of our students teaching one unit each as well. We will all be involved in leading small discussion groups that are based around the lectures.
The second week will be spent in Bangalore and we will be teaching Old Testament 1 (Moore College Preliminary Theological Certificate).
The pastors who come to spend the week with us – will often be travelling long distances to be trained more thoroughly in the bible. We would love to sponsor pastors so that they are not needing to pay anything to attend the course. We think there will be about 50 pastors and the cost for each (on average) is about $100. So far we have raised enough for 25 of these pastors. But would love you to help with the remaining 25 (thankyou if you have already supported a pastor!!). We hope to have all money raised by Wednesday so that we have time to transfer the funds to the Indian Gospel League.
Can you help? Would you like to sponsor a pastor and partner with us financially in this important ministry?
If you would like to help… it is as simple as transferring $100 into the NCS bank account. Please label the deposit “India Support”.
Account Name: Newcastle Christian Students
Account number 980 013 703
BSB 650 000 (Newcastle Permanent)
We are all feeling pretty excited but also working pretty hard to get our preparation completed.
Please also pray for us…
Pray for Martin as he has such a large load.
Pray that Martin and Jen will lead the team well.
That we would all work well together.
Please pray that we will communicate God’s word simply and clearly and the Pastors will understand God and his word more.
Pray for our health – we are a little nervous about the prospect of gastro away from the comforts of home.
Please pray that we would be sensitive to cultural differences, humble and dependent on God in everything.
We appreciate your prayerful and financial support
Martin and Jen.