Maturing Toward Christ-like Character – Africa!

Orucho sem.2In anticipation of teaching our Discipleship Training Seminars in 4 locations in 4 weeks (Kenya and Uganda), I get excited all over again! My trip begins this Thursday July 9th!

The goal is for pastors to be trained so they can train those in their churches and other pastors, to the end that they all would increasingly mature in Christ-like character to the Glory of God!

This is a big goal and can only be done in the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit. We’re just a small part of what God is doing in their lives!

The Lord ministered to me the other day with the passage in Luke 12 v.32, “Do not be afraid little flock for your Father has been pleased to give you the Kingdom.” I love being part of his “little flock”, those he has chosen and nurtured.

Yet, I’m sobered by the surrounding warnings of what NOT to be anxious about…those who would kill my body (v. 12:4), defending the Gospel before authorities (v.11), all kinds of greed and hypocrisy (v. 1 & 15), concern for food and clothing, (v. 22)…things that capture the heart and distract from serving Him.

Back to the promise of the Kingdom… I’m captivated by wonder in thinking of the Kingdom! Jesus will be King and he will rule “in character” with holiness, justice, righteousness, truth, compassion… those who have come to him, like a child, for salvation will be transformed into his likeness, there will be no more sorrow, pain, brokenness…!

We can see that its fullness is not here yet but we are charged with being his ambassadors! We are given the same power that broke open the tomb (Ephesians 1.18-21) to stand firm, speak boldly, showing radical sacrificial love, demonstrating a different kind of rule. This begins in our hearts and grows, strengthens and multiplies with others to increasingly glorify God and the Risen Jesus Christ! Time to worship an awesome God!

Pray with us that the Lord will give us wisdom in teaching and answering questions in the seminars and in conversations along the way, for health and safety (but if He choses to use those challenges, that we would handle them well, to His glory)!

-Mary

June Digest

WDA Staff Conference

WDA Conference

Recently, we had a great time at our Staff Conference in the Atlanta area. It was a wonderful week of fellowship, training, meetings, catching a vision for the future and of course a little bit of fun!

One evening we had a wonderful dinner party with the entire Board of Directors of WDA. These men and women have a deep commitment to following Christ and believe in WDA‘s ministry. We are thankful to have such a caring and wise Board, some of whom are WDA alumni!


Summer International Missions

Upcoming: Mary will be facilitating discipleship training in East Africa and Everette will be traveling to Romania to do the same! They will be reporting on that soon!


Testimonial Updates

Take a look at our Testimonials page to read what our alumni have to say! Two more were added today!

Check out one of our alum’s post on Facebook! “WDA@Purdue changed my life. Scott Tiede, Senior Pastor – Delaware Bible Church, Delaware, OH”

If you are a Purdue alum and would like to send one, please use the Contact page or e-mail Mary, Parks or Everette.


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