Saturday, August 1, 2009

Back to school for the preachers

We talked about it for a long time and we finally did it. Since last year when Pastor Danny Sweatt from Berean Baptist in Atlanta visited, we've had plans for a special pastor's modular course on Church Administration.

During the last visit, we had a get together with local pastors (as we always do when we have someone here who knows something worth hearing!). Brother Sweatt said while treating some other subject, "It's too bad I don't have time to go into this, but I have a full course on Church Adminsitration". Whereupon, one of the men said, "Will you come back sometime and teach it to us?" Brother Danny said, "Yes, and I'll bring someone very good with me."

And that's how it happened. Brother Sweatt brought Dr.Chuck Phelps (formerly Trinity Baptist in New Hampshire, formerly Marantha Baptist Bible College and now Colonial Hills Baptist, Indianapolis) with him and we had a terrific time for three days. Pastor Dorivaldo, whose church hosted the meetings and is President of a statewide pastor's fellowship, said the level of instruction was equal to any conference or seminar he had ever been in.

Thirty-five pastors participated, during the three days. One of the pastors came up to me and asked, "Now when is the next one scheduled?" I was sad to say that nothing is planned yet, but who knows? The two pastors taught for about 4-5 hours each morning and we had a Bible conference each night in which they both preached. We tried to make the trip worth while to them as well as to us.

We have been able to squeak through another month of construction. I'm not sure how long we'll be able to go on. Here are some pictures of the interior walls and the outside as of July 28. We are close to getting inside. About $6,500 if the dollar doesn't sink any more!

Thanks for your prayers and support.
Graham and Rene Foran

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