Philippines Update 3

2017-11-15

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Big, high visibility, public events are great. They help build awareness, momentum, and can often open new doors for our ministry.

But the real story of our Walk Thru the Bible is the small, private events that few people even know are happening. Such is the case this week here in Manila.

2017 11 15 image 2It was exhilarating to share Revolution, our new course on Josiah, with over 3,000 small group leaders last Friday night. And to watch them purchase 1,692 DVD sets to share this life changing teaching with their groups was nothing short of thrilling. And speaking to over 1,300 Christian school teachers and administrators on Saturday was also pretty cool.

But those things are nothing compared to what I got to witness on Monday. I had the privilege to stop in and visit a group that is among our first ntLIVE trainees. They were beginning several days of hard work learning to teach our new 40-step overview of the New Testament under the able guidance of Gil Balignasay, our Filipino training director.

Gil asked me to give these 14 men and women an overview of what God is doing through Walk Thru the Bible around the world. They were thrilled and motivated to realize they're part of a huge global family of like-minded Bible teachers in 138 other countries. Gil also asked me to challenge them from the Word as they begin this new ministry adventure.

What an honor! And so humbling to see my 31-year-old self in each of them as I remembered my first training with Walk Thru 29 years ago. (Yes, your math is correct, I'll hit the big 6-0 in January!)

Hardly anyone even knew that training was taking place. And yet, before they're finished, that tiny group will impact more people for Christ and turn more people on to the Scriptures than all my big events this week put together.

Such is the miracle of multiplication. We are a 2 Timothy 2:2 ministry committed to entrusting what we've received to faithful people who will in turn teach many others, most of whom we'll never meet this side of glory.

2017 11 15 image 3So if you've ever wonder what happens after I get on a plane and fly home, don't worry. Things continue on just fine. My role isn't that of superstar. It's more like player-coach or maybe even cheerleader.

The real miracle of Walk Thru the Bible is being carried out by quiet servants like Gil. Nearly every week of the year there are multiple trainings taking place in the nooks and crannies of this planet. And someday when we gather in heaven, you'll meet people from every tribe, tongue, and nation whose lives were changed by anonymous servant leaders who are intimately known by our Lord.

Until then, please pray for Gil and these 14 new instructors and the 25,000 or so men and women who actively teach our courses around the world.

Big events have their place, but often it's the smallest events that yield the largest, most lasting fruit.

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