Hungry for the Word of God: How God Satisfied One Pastor’s Deep Longing


Bill Mills, the Founder of Leadership Resources, recently came back from a trip to train pastors in a sensitive region of the world. When Bill returned, he was eager to share the following story about how God has been working in one of our trainees.

The trainee, who we will call Carl, is a pastor who heard about our training session from a friend. He initially thought our training focused primarily on speaking skills and wasn’t interested in coming.

“I had decided not to come because what I heard about the training was that it was going to be focused on speaking skills. I didn’t feel like I had a great need in that area… but I was hungry for the Word of God.”

Even with a faulty notion of what our the Training National Trainers program was, Carl decided to come (albeit reluctantly) because God placed it on his heart.

As he began the TNT process, Carl quickly learned that this program would greatly aid him preach and teach the Bible. He realized that God led him to our training specifically to give him what he hungered for: training in the Word and encouragement from the Word.

Carl said this after his first day in training:

“I have received the Word of God. My heart is greatly encouraged. But my mind has exploded because the tools with which we studied have changed my perspective completely on how to look at the Word of God, how to study it, and how to bring it to my people. What a gift this is to me! Thank you for coming [to train us]!”

After one day of training, Carl knew that God led him to be there. Will you pray with us for Carl, his church, and his group’s four years of training that remain?

Stories like Carl’s are not out of the ordinary. Pastors come to our training overseas and in the United States with a wide range of expectations and even some concerns. The consistent response across languages, cultures, and education levels is just like Carl’s; people are equipped to read the Bible at a deeper level and preach God’s Word with God’s heart.

We praise God for his work in Carl’s life!

“…Thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.” Psalm 107:8-9

Your church can be a part of God’s work through Leadership Resources! Find out how you can become an anchor church and partner with us to strengthen the worldwide church with the Word of God.



Kevin Halloran

Servant of the Word. Husband. Blogs weekly at Anchored in Christ. Content Strategist/Trainer in Latin America with Leadership Resources International.