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Training Toward Maturity
Fred & Sandy Burrows
1109 Lassen Street
Vallejo, CA 94591-4836
28 October 2002
Interest in Mission Changes
My time at Abilene Christian University's 2002 World Mission Workshop was wonderful. So many young people are showing interest in mission work today. In years to come we can hope to see our brethren do more outreach.
The class: "A Mature Church: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Dependence", presented by Jody Jones, was my favorite. Missionaries from Europe, Africa, Australia, and South America expressed their concern for learned financial dependence among Christians in their respective countries. It appears that foreign funds are not only chocking the work in PNG but in other countries as well. My prayer is that more congregations around the country will wake up to the problem of dependence our funding is creating. Perhaps we will soon free our brethren from the burdens foreign monies bring them.
Our November class begins the second year for TTM. Sandy caught up our attendance and homework records tonight. It is so good to see a good pattern in the work so many are doing. During the November class studies will become more difficult. Study skills learned in the past will have to be used to work through the lessons.
This time we will study the qualifications of an evangelist. In the beginning of all our classes we taught and reviewed the work of an evangelist. Now that we see the five-fold work it is easy to realize that only qualified men can do the work. Congregations who go beyond the minimum will be blessed because of the God-designed work on their evangelists.
I am looking forward to our group discussions. Each group will have a passage to study from which students need to find qualifications of the particular preacher. Each day the groups will discuss a different preacher. The five are: Jeremiah, Jonah, Amos, Timothy and Judas (yes, Judas). My daily presentations will come from 1. Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus.
Kundiawa Class Scheduled to Meet
You remember that we had to cancel the August session because of post election violence in the Chimbu province. Since I was not sure if things would settle by November the plans for Kundiawa's session five were in question. Then a letter arrived from the Korokoa congregation (five miles outside of Kundiawa) saying that they are looking forward to the November session. Sandy and I made some last minute adjustments to our airline schedule and plan to be in Kundiawa to teach session five on 11 November. What a great joy. I graded the homework from Korokoa for session three - they did great.
Outreach Campaign for July, 2003
Sandy will have a special task during our November trip. We talked with several Christians in PNG and agree with them that we want to help with more outreach work. Several ladies said they would like to help organize a campaign in Goroka and Lae. Part of the campaign will be to sign up people with the World Bible School correspondence course. In the past we left about one thousand courses in Lae. We know, from past experience, that people like to study correspondence courses. It is best to have Christians in PNG grade the courses and handle most of the follow-up.
Our hospital visits continue. Last Sunday evening some Christians from Tucson helped us pack baby blankets, clothing and toys in plastic bags. We are ready to pass these out in Lae and Goroka. It is exciting to know that so many of you participate and send us items for babies and small children. A special thanks goes to Christians from Sydney who made a special effort to get items to Lae for distribution. Patricia Vann sent wonderful toys. We had fun learning how to play with them before we packed them.
We give thanks to God that so many of you support this work with your prayers and money. It is our honor that you decide to help with the spread of the gospel through the TTM program.
Our schedule for taking Teaching Partners is filling up. In the next newsletter I will try to get you a list of time slots that are still open. Taking Teaching Partners has added so many valuable facets to our work. Thank you for taking time out of your life to go with us.
God bless you.
In His Service,
Fred & Sandy Burrows