Yes, you've already seen this photo before :-). But I thought you might want to know a little bit more of what these pastors are learning. At our last class, we looked at Zechariah's visions in Zechariah 5-6. I opened up for them what these passages meant in their original context – but before that, I asked them what they thought the passage was teaching. One of the first things I learned as a pastor was that I would typically approach passage with preconceived notions of what it taught, and this would then subtly guide the conclusions I drew from it. You could see the wheels turning in their heads as they thought about what this would have meant to its original hearers in their Persian context. This gave them a fresh slate from which to think about their own leadership needs in their own communities.
Please pray for these leaders. The pressures they labor under are strong, and the enemy does not want them to succeed. Please pray that they can remain hopeful, encouraged and confident in Christ's total care for them and God their Father's determination to work all things for good for them and their ministries.
I only know of one Latino pastor in the city who has had any kind of formal theological training. For the pastors I serve, I am their only link to the combination of pastoral care, missional zeal, solid academics and Christian orthodoxy that they will need to lead effectively for the long term. Thank you so much for supporting this ministry!