So I’m going to Africa
I’m going Africa for 2½ weeks in May. Why?
You might know I do preaching mentoring with Michael Raiter from the Centre for Biblical Preaching. You might not know that Michael has been a key figure in our lives for a long time.
Michael preached at a missions convention Allison & I attended about 20 years ago. That was a profound experience for us and was instrumental in us going to the Middle East. While we were away we bumped into Michael a couple of times at various events and were encouraged each time. During our period in Townsville he visited us twice to do preaching workshops with the college and also with local pastors, staying in our home. He’s also been a Bible College Principal so we connected on that level too. Now we continue to see each other regularly.
At Belgrave Heights convention in January one of the main speakers was from Langham Trust who train leaders in the developing world. This is something I have been passionate about and involved in for many years. So I had a long conversation about doing short-term work with them. They also partner with CBP.
Recently at a preaching mentoring session and a couple of things happened:
Firstly, during a break we were talking about our past lives as missionaries. He was in Pakistan while we were in Bahrain. I miss cross-cultural work and the opportunity to encourage brothers and sisters who are doing it tough.
Secondly, I offered to go with Michael on his next trip just to ‘carry his bags.’ It turns out he is really keen for me to come and help by sharing the teaching. For me it would be a great opportunity to invest in Christian leaders and help out someone who’s been so influential for us.
Where is Michael going?
Rwanda, Zambia, Johannesburg
What is he doing?
Training church leaders in preaching, particularly from the Old Testament. Michael will be doing most of the training, and I’ll be helping him.
When is he going?
From May 13th to May 28th – about 2 ½ weeks.
It’s all come together over the last couple of weeks and now I’m off to Africa for 2 weeks in May.