35 delegates from 8 states representing three zones (East, West & North West) had a profitable time from 7th to 9th October during the national level Pioneering Ministry Training which was held at Patna, Bihar directed by Br. John Jebaraj on behalf of UESI FDD.
The delegates were enlightened on the knacks in pioneering, being missionary students & Tent-makers, the mandate of intercession. During morning and evening devotions Jesus’ love towards Samaritans, Philip’s obedience and hard work to reach out to the Ethiopian eunuch, Paul’s message in Athens according to the context were inspiring. Mission Anthropology, Planning and working strategically, broad understanding and exploring Business missions were new learnings in this training. Case studies on a few IFES movements were eye-opening on strategizing. Stories from Himachal demonstrated the aspects of broader vision, love, sacrifice, risk taking, stretching beyond limits, and God’s work in His way in His time. Sessions on Tent makers and missionary students helped graduates and students affirm their call with clarity, to serve with total commitment in their mission fields. Different approach of posing questions made the delegates think & explore new ways in networking.
The resource persons unfolded relevant and valuable lessons for life and ministry in the pioneering contexts. Their narration of breakthrough stories of their pioneering experiences was an add on. Resource persons were Dr. Emmanuel Shubhakar, Mrs. Lizzy Christopher, Mr. Selwyn Samraj, Rev. Dr. JJ. Joshua, Dr. Himadri Sinha, Mr. Thomas Antony, Mr. Abraham Dennyson, Mr. Sathish Simon, Mr. Tapan Kumar Singh, & Mr. Sushil Nayak. Sharing their personal experiences turned illustrated their sessions well. We are grateful to God for the impact this training has brought into our ministry.
Suzana Weston, Staff, Haryana.