Based on past updates you might be thinking this update is about students who are actually secret agents and doing crazy covert missions work. We’re sorry to disappoint! The last season of life was unique for our family as all 5 of us were students at the same time. While Christine and I both taught courses this past term, we also finished courses as students. Christine will give you an update about her evangelism and the gospel class pictured in the “selfie” above…
“Reaching Your World was the course I taught this last term. The focus of the course helping the women get a better understanding of how to share the gospel effectively in their cultures so they can introduce people to Christ. We started the 10-week class by looking at the different worldviews people have in their countries and how to share the gospel in light of that worldview belief.
Then we talked about different evangelistic strategies and approaches such as different gospel presentations, building pre-evangelism relationships, asking questions, using social media and more. It’s crazy how people in the remotest villages and places throughout Asia are still on facebook somehow!
We ended with teaching the ladies how to disciple and build into others. As I was teaching, I learned a lot about the different challenges our students face in the sharing the gospel and doing discipleship in Hindu or Muslim countries. I was moved by the many sacrifices the women have made to share their faith in places where Christian’s are persecuted and face rejection from their families. Teaching this class reminds me of one of the many reasons why our family is serving here.
BUT….that’s not all!
I got to be a student again this term as well. Now that Kaelyn is doing full days in school I can keep making progress towards completing CRU’s certificate of Biblical Studies. I took a systematic theology course on the doctrines of God, The Holy Spirit, and the Scriptures. To my surprise, I really enjoyed it and it really helped ground some of my processing about my life and ministry here in Manila.
I liked getting a deeper understanding of scripture and getting a better understanding of more complex theological positions and discussions. I did a paper on the Holy Spirit and the book of Acts – been a while since I had to write a paper! In studying this, I was reminded of my need for the Holy Spirit to lead and to guide me – especially as I drive every day on the roads of Manila!”
While Christine was working on systematic theology, I was able to finish 3 out of the 4 doctoral courses I’ve been taking over the past year. I hope to finish my 1st year of PhD work by the time our training starts in June. What a demanding year! But I enjoyed teaching this past term to keep me connected to the students while I invest so much helping lead the school and in my studies.
Teaching strategic leadership is my favorite course to teach because most are about to graduate and I get to work with a couple dozen graduates in depth on their ministry visions and plans. I was able to coach church planters going back to Cambodia, a graduate who is helping launch Norm Geisler’s apologetics ministry in the Philippines, the head of a network of a dozen churches, a megachurch youth minister, a missionary couple that met at IGSL and just got married and is now going to India as church planters, and many more. I love working with this class in groups and in one-on-one coaching to help them feel equipped and prepared to mobilize and lead teams to see visions become reality through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. See the picture of this great class below!
So while we weren’t quite double agents this term, we both enjoyed being teachers and students and were reminded again of the joy of being lifelong learners. We’re immensely grateful that you allow us to have this kind of teaching and training ministry with these great students from all over Asia that are full of faith and thankful for the opportunity to keep learning along the way!.
Brian & Christine