Greetings from Zambia... I spoke at conference this morning, teaching, you guessed it, Inductive Bible Study and Expository preaching. The reason I keep teaching this over and over again is because I get to teach these pastors and leaders how to study and preach, while studying and preaching through new passages that directly correlate to pastoring. It is a subtle way to help them discover what the Scriptures say about being a pastor while they learn how to study and preach as a pastor. Today we studied the verses from Col. 3:23-24 - "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." I heard some great feedback from a few pastors who had never considered that the every day jobs that they do to support their families could be done for God and earn a reward. It was really encouraging to hear that. On the way home from the conference today, there were two pastors in the back seat of my car. After driving for a bit in silence, I asked why they were so quiet. The one pastor said that he was just thinking about my sermon, and said it was really powerful. The other went on to recite to me the expository method that I had just taught them. So, praise God that he can use a weak, hearing impaired, gluten-intolerant and language-stunted servant to encourage these pastors!!
Thanks to some donations from people like ya'll, I was able to give out 150 concordances yesterday to some very excited pastors. This afternoon, my star student Pastor Zulu, taught inductive study and expository preaching to six pastors in Kalikiliki (cool name, huh?). It was the first time where he did the entire conference while I watched. It went really well, as both the pastors and Pastor Zulu enjoyed the experience. Tommorow, I will be teaching at the Bible College on Bible Study Methods. Busy days, but I love it!
We are looking forward to coming home in almost three weeks, and we covet your prayers as we prepare for our time there. We are finishing up on some commitments that we have here, including finishing up the Pastor Resource center, preparing videos to show back home and packing stuff away. Stephanie is bringing homeschool to a close and tying up loose ends in her world as well. She is feeling well despite being continually tired. The kids are doing well, excited about coming home but knowing they are going to miss Africa as well. It has been an amazing nine months and we feel like we have been born again in many ways. We look forward to sharing these experiences with you all soon.
In case you haven't heard, we will be arriving on June 1st, if the Lord is good with our plan . I (Steve) will be speaking on Saturday night, June 7, at Crossroads Bible Church and we will be at the Sunday service on June 8. I will then speak to the Northlake youth on Tuesday, June 10. We will be back at Northlake on June 15. We look forward to reuniting with those who are there and look forward to catching up this summer.
In case you did not receive our last newsletter,I just wanted to let you know that our latest newsletter can be found right here! This is the same newsletter that you received in the mail, but just in case you wanted to see it again, we oblige!
Have a great day!