It's been ten weeks already? At least, that is how I feel. We have graduated our first students from the Make Disciples Training Program! Yesterday morning (15 April), I preached on John 4:31-38. After worship, I asked the congregation to stick around while we honored the graduates. When receiving their certificate, I asked them to answer two questions:
What have I personally gained from Make Disciples Training Program?
What do I plan to do with my training from now on?
Their answers were very encouraging, and I hope they stirred up a bit of hype for the rest of the congregation, as we plan to offer MDTP later this year.
There is a lot of work and commitment required for MDTP students. I would have completely understood if one or more of the students came up to me three weeks in saying that they were unable to continue in the program. However, all thirteen students that began the program graduated yesterday.
Individually, the students completed:
30 hours of classroom time
1 hour of assignments each day
Together, the students...
had 293 religious conversations
set 40 Bible studies
conducted 28 Bible studies
And we rejoice to say there is one baptism to report.
Thank you to everyone who supports this work. As things continue to happen, we will post more updates, but it may be a bit quieter than it has been lately.
Please pray for the graduates as they continue to make disciples. God bless you all.
Thanks to Jeanette Raine for the photos. Two students were sick and unable make it to graduation.