God’s Word: Setting Hearts—and Idols—on Fire!


“So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.”

Those are the words recorded by Luke in Acts 19:20. These words describe what we are trying to do all over the world: make God’s Word spread widely with power!

Screen-Shot-2015-03-31-at-4.11.57-PM-300x198Gustin, one of the pastors we train in Indonesia, is doing his part to make this happen. Every six months Gustin makes a grueling 14-hour trip from his remote island to receive training in Training National Trainers (TNT), and his efforts are not in vain.

He’s already put his training into practice by preaching evangelistically to a group of animists near where he lives. Animists, like the ones Gustin ministers to, combine spirit worship with some elements of Christianity for a hodge-podge of beliefs that fall way short of Scripture and the true Gospel.                                                                                                                          Gustin (on the left) during a TNT session.

Even so, they do know several stories from Genesis. Gustin decided to use this fact—and the training in Genesis he had received—to his advantage by preaching the gospel to them from the biblical stories they already knew.

Screen-Shot-2015-04-01-at-11.54.28-AM-300x199Gustin preached from Genesis 3 that Christ is the promised seed of Eve who would crush the serpent’s head. He explained from Genesis 4 that the blood sacrifice Abel made points to our need for a blood sacrifice for our sins and that Christ is that blood sacrifice.

As soon as these animists heard the true Gospel, they believed!

After they saw the light and professed Christ, they took their wooden carvings, prayer belts and other mementos from their animist past, piled them up, and set them ablaze. This burning ceremony celebrated the amazing work of God in their lives by destroying tokens from their previous life.

God’s Word is spreading widely with great power in Indonesia!

God is using the Training National Trainers program in amazing ways to equip men like Gustin to reach all sorts of people—including former spirit-worshipping animists. Praise be to God!

Thank you for your partnership in ministry!


Craig Parro
President of Leadership Resources

PS: Another TNT group in Indonesia is short of funding. Please pray with us that we don’t have to shut down the group and that God would provide the necessary funding.

A special gift this month will go a long way in keeping this movement going.




Craig Parro

Since joining Leadership Resources International in 1989, Craig directed its international ministry, and as of January 2010, he now serves as President. A graduate of TEDS (M.A., Mission), Craig is a stimulating teacher and has equipped and encouraged pastors and churches throughout the U.S., Latin America and Asia. Craig also serves on the Board of Directors of TOPIC (Trainers of Pastors International Coalition), an association of pastoral training organizations focused on accelerating pastoral training worldwide. Craig has authored articles appearing in several magazines. His first book, Unlikely Warriors, was published in 1992. He is also co-author of Finishing Well in Life and Ministry: God’s Protection from Burnout.