It seems fitting to send you this email on Good Friday to share an update on our ministry efforts. I pray that you and your family experience the fullness of hope this season brings as we reflect on the sacrifice of King Jesus on our behalf so that we might experience the fullness and depth of God’s love for us.
So much has transpired in the past 30 days for our ministry. Earlier this month, we gathered as a ministry family at our 2018 International Conference & Training Retreat to celebrate the 15th anniversary of God’s work through TPI in La Ceiba, Honduras. I am eager to share all the updates from our Country Directors over the coming months so that you can be as encouraged as I am for what God is doing through our combined efforts as a ministry. Our time had worship, laughter, preaching, tears, testimonies, training, and planning for the future. It was a precious time together that I will cherish the rest of my life.
In today’s update, I want to hit the RESET button by calling us back to the mission God has given us. In our interview questions during the conference, our Communications Director asked several of our staff a very simple question that I will pose to you now: Why does it matter that pastors receive training? Whether you have known of TPI for the past 15 years or you were recently introduced to our work, I believe this is an important question to revisit from time to time.
I hope you noticed the updated header at the top of this email. While it might seem to be a small adjustment that can easily be overlooked, it is everything.
Our Calling As a Ministry
- Equipping National Pastors | In the United States, we take our access to biblical knowledge for granted. It isn’t our fault; it is merely our cultural norm. If you were blessed to grow up attending church, it is possible you have known stories from the Bible for several decades. Many of the pastors requesting biblical training from TPI are the first generation converts to Christianity in their village or region. Through some experience or another, they have been introduced to the good news of Christ’s gospel and accepted the free gift of eternal life by trusting Jesus as their Savior and Lord. They are revered as Christian leaders, ambassadors of Christ in their community, and desire to deepen their knowledge of the scriptures so that they can impact their village for Christ. How will they grow in their own spiritual maturation much less share the gospel with those around them if no one is around to help train them?
- To Accomplish the Great Commission | After the crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples to encourage, prepare, and strengthen them for the road ahead before he ascended to heaven. His final command to His disciples, and the Church at large, is known as the Great Commission. It has two parts; first, to make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and second, teaching them all that I have taught you. One expression of the two parts is evangelism and discipleship. It is impossible to accomplish Christ’s final commandment to His church without both.
- One Trained Pastor At A Time | At TPI, we have been called to equip national pastors to accomplish the Great Commission. It is our firm conviction that the greatest way to impact the world with the hope of the gospel is to provide sound biblical training to indigenous pastors. Nationals already understand the language, customs, and cultural dynamics of their people. They merely lack the biblical foundation to effectively impact their communities for Christ. When we train a new group of pastors, we have been amazed to see the explosive growth of God’s kingdom all across Central and South America as these pastors are able to effectively minister and win people in their towns and villages for the Lord.
And you are very much a part of this ministry! Through your prayers, encouragement, financial contributions, and recruitment of other believers to join us, you are helping us to accomplish the Great Commission one trained pastor at a time. I can’t thank you enough for being a part of the TPI family!
In the coming months, you will hear from many of our TPI Staff about God’s work all across Latin America. It is my hope you will share our eNewsletters with family or friends, as well as follow and share our posts on your own personal social media accounts. You can use the icons at the bottom of this email to connect with us for real-time ministry updates.
May God bless you and your family richly this Easter as we remember His sacrifice and respond in obedience to His calling on our lives.
President & Founder
Training Pastors International