Strength in numbers!

 GTN Colleagues in Livingstone, Zambia (L to R): Gary, Doug, Carl & Patsy, Abby & Doug and Joel

GTN Colleagues in Livingstone, Zambia (L to R): Gary, Doug, Carl & Patsy, Abby & Doug and Joel

When we heard that two other Global Training Network teams would be in Livingstone, Zambia at the same time we were, we couldn't believe it! But, sure enough, the Carl Green and Doug Dorman teams did come and we had a great time connecting and relaxing over a couple of dinners and a river cruise. It was very, very encouraging to be together.

Percy, Abby & I were especially interested in observing the Carl Green team during its two day Year 1 training. They offered three tracks for: pastors & leaders, pastors' wives, and teachers. Subjects covered included Discipleship, Old Testament Survey, Inductive Bible Study and Developing Men's Ministries. The teaching was excellent and will be followed up with Year 2 & 3 training to the same groups in 2017 & 2018.

 Students pray during closing worship over prayer requests posted on the discipleship cross.

Students pray during closing worship over prayer requests posted on the discipleship cross.

Even though our approaches are different, we learned a lot. In fact, Abby & I just used the discipleship content taught by Joel Madson (Vice President of GTN) in a subsequent day of training in Sesheke, Zambia, but that's the subject for another blog!

We're very grateful that Carl & his team invited us to sit in. It was great to spend time together, compare notes and mutually encourage one another.

Doug Dorman and we agreed to get together this fall and compare Zambia notes; it was his first trip here. Since he and his wife, Joan, and their family live in Myrtle Beach, it'll be easy to connect.

Another great thing that happened was that Percy connected with other GTN staff. It has opened the door for the possibility of Percy joining Abby & me at other GTN training opportunities outside Zambia. Countries such as Rwanda, Ethiopia, Nepal and Cambodia were discussed as future possibilities.

Please pray for GTN especially the Carl Green & Doug Dorman teams who have headed home. And, pray for us as we look to the future possibilities outside Zambia, trusting God to order our steps.