Saturday May 25
The official course work part of the Study Leave has begun. Already this morning we have been challenged and inspired by three presentations done in a live TV style taping session:
* Nola Leach is the CEO of one of Europe’s leading Christian charities and she spoke on THE TOP 5 LESSONS LEARNED AS THE CEO OF A CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION: the need for vision, the need to understand the times, the necessity to team-build, the necessity of honesty, the requirement to be Christ-like
* Peter Mead is from England. He regularly instructs on subjects relating to Biblical preaching, and he did his D. Min. degree at Gordon – Conwell Theological Seminary, my M. Div. school. This session, A FOUR-LOCATION PREACHING JOURNEY, took us through the steps of moving from the ‘passage’ to the ‘pulpit’: the Study (the private place with God, in The Word), the ‘stop & pray’ place, Starbuck’s (the public place), and finally the ‘stand & deliver’ place.
* Jim Cecy, Senior Pastor-Teacher at Campus Bible Church in Fresno CA, regularly teaches in Europe. Jim has written The Purity War: A Biblical Guide to Living in an Immoral World, Snowfall Press, 2011. We were able to hear his first presentation on “Sex- it really is God’s Idea”.
This afternoon we each have a 4 hour seminar. I will attend David Robertson’s (Presbyterian Minister from Dundee, Scotland) A Church Based Strategy for Persuasive Evangelism while Yvonne will take in Women Entrusted with Scripture with Ann Blaser.
Our first of two visits to Targu Mures in Romania was such a blessing! We were graciously received and joyfully welcomed. Yvonne and I had time to speak with the Pastor of Maranatha Pentecostal Church about how St. Andrew’s Kimberley will be able to partner with them over the next year to expand ministry into the very needy Roma Village called ‘Cold Valley’. Look for details soon. We return there after the European Leadership Forum for a weekend of worship at their two churches and relationship building with the Horvath family.
By the way, how appreciative they were for the generous response of our Kimberley church, Barnabas Bridge partners, and our family and friends from around North America that helped ‘keep the heat on’ in Maranatha Church during the winter. They were so glad to be able to pay the gas bill and again have a building to gather in for worship and prayer. So thanks to all of you who made donations!
Thankful for you all
Doug & Yvonne
In 2016 Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work and travel. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they live in Creston, BC. They have four grown children plus eight grandchildren. Doug is a serious runner. Combined with an insatiable passion for geography from his youth, running races around the world has become a gateway for adventure. Doug started distance running at age 60. He has worked, studied, traveled, and run internationally.
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