Monday, October 12, 2015

Developing Leadership

We are so thankful for the team of workers God has brought to IBR.
This year James has felt led to invest in national leadership. 
It is really easy to always be focusing on the weak or unbelievers around us.  Doing Bible study after Bible study,  always visiting the struggling and assuming that the "mature" Christians are OK, stretching yourself thin and rarely seeing long-term growth.  
An older missionary challenged James to spend some time investing  in believers who have leadership qualifications and then divide the work with them.  So that has been our focus for most of this year.  James started meeting once a month with our deacons and wives to pray and plan and that evolved  into weekly meetings with the men to study the Word, as well as to plan effective discipleship and evangelism tools. 
A culmination of this was being able to go to a conference with two of our three main couples.  

God was so good allowing them to be away from work for the week, to provide transportation for us, the privilege to hear the faithful preaching of the Word.  It was also a special time of bonding for us as a group, laughing together, discussing the messages, and sharing difficulties.  We are so thankful for the united heart and mind that God is giving to us as a group.  IBR is growing and there are MANY needs.  James and I are not physically able to meet the needs of so many but God has already brought in the needed reinforcements!

Please continue to be in prayer for these two families as they seek to follow the call of God in their lives.
*Sandro and Gilmara
*Edinelson and Meire

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