Traveling to teach pastors and church leaders is always a privilege. It is a special privilege to return to the same location more than one time. During the week of September 19-26, we were able to return to Otavalo, Ecuador, for the second of nine training modules.

The training was again held at Iglesia Bautista Canaan in Otavalo.   Each day, the teaching was broken up into two training sessions, each with different students.  Our morning sessions included a number of pastors, both from Otavalo and surrounding communities.  While there were a couple local pastors in the evening sessions, the majority of attendees were members of Iglesia Bautista Canaan.  These are people who desire to learn more in order to serve more effectively. 

Joining me on this trip were Pastor Ed Roman (Carlisle Baptist Church, Carlisle, PA), who taught on the spiritual discipline of prayer, and John Raudenbush (Oakwood Baptist), who with me taught a survey of the New Testament.  John carefully walked the students through Paul’s letters; I had the privilege of teaching the other of the New Testament books and letters.

The morning sessions in particular generated a number of good, thought-provoking questions.  We were extremely encouraged by the level of attentiveness and engagement of the students.  Conversations with the students before and after the sessions as well as on breaks gave evidence as to how helpful the training is for them.  Many of the pastors indicated this is the first time they’ve ever had any type of Biblical or pastoral training.

On the last day, Reaching & Teaching missionary, Cody Whittaker, put a list of suggested resources (available in Spanish) on the white board. The hunger for more teaching was demonstrated as many of the students wrote down the names of books and asked specific questions about the resources. I was extremely encouraged to see that a number of excellent resources are available in Spanish as a free pdf download. Praise God!

I mentioned at the beginning that training leaders  is a privilege. We at Reaching & Teaching would love for you to join us. The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. How can you labor alongside us? You can be a teaching laborer, joining with us in either a short-term or long-term capacity. You can be a prayer laborer, assisting us by remembering us before the throne of grace. You can also be a financial laborer, supporting us by helping to fund our training ministry. We are eager for you to serve together with us for the health of Christ’s church and the advance of Christ’s gospel around the world.

Dean Bertsch

Dean Bertsch serves as Regional Mobilizer for Reaching & Teaching. Dean frequently travels abroad to train leaders in the RTIM program. He and his family live in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

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