A Man Walks into a Bar…and Comes to Christ?

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Years ago, a Ugandan man named George entered a bar looking for a drink. What he didn’t know is that God would use his time at that bar to radically change his life forever.

George went into the bar as an unbeliever and walked out a follower of Christ. Someone took the time to share Christ with him and as a result he was born again. Inspired due to his newfound faith, George witnessed to the owner of the bar–and this man also received Christ!

They soon closed the doors of the bar and reopened it as a church (pictured in the above photo). George is now a pastor that ministers to hundreds in his area.

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George and Doug Dunton, LRI’s Director of Africa

Training with Leadership Resources
Six years ago George began the Training National Trainers program with Leadership Resources. God has worked in his heart in amazing ways and George has experienced various layers of transformation.

After receiving training in the Scriptures, George now trains others with the TNT curriculum, including four separate groups of pastors and thirteen church planters. George has even led his wife through the training, and she has passed on the training to other women.

Before being equipped through TNT, George’s congregation didn’t even bring their Bibles to church. Now after TNT, they make big sacrifices in order to purchase their own Bibles.

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George leading a TNT Group

The transformation George has experienced has blessed his community, not only by pastoring his church, but by reaching out to pygmies and other outcasts in his community.

One man, an unbeliever, noticed such a positive change in the community through George and his church that he gave George a cow to thank him! This cow is now used for ministering to the people of their community.

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Doug and his “Cow Selfie” with George and Friends

God’s Word and God’s Heart
When our team was in Uganda a few months back, they were able to speak in George’s church, which was bursting at the seams with hundreds of people listening intently to the message preached. After the sermon, eight people came forward to talk to Pastor George and receive Christ. One congregation member even commented how the guest preacher (our Doug Dunton who had trained George) preached just like George!

What a gift to see and hear how God is using this pastor to impact his community as he faithfully exposits God’s Word. His people are recognizing that he has something important to say from God’s Word–and they want to listen!

Pray for George and the dozens of others that we train in Uganda as they implement these new lessons in their churches and their communities so they can become transformed through God’s power.

 

TNT Update: God at Work in Tanzania and Uganda

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Doug Dunton, the Regional Director for Africa, recently trained pastors in Tanzania and Uganda as part of the Training National Trainers program. Below is an update of his trip and some highlights of how God is using our training to equip pastors for biblical ministry.

Different Places and Different Faces–But the Same Story: Four Highlights from our ministry in Africa

1. “Entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also…” 2 Timothy 2:2

Doug: “I spent two days with six mentor trainers (country leaders who will continue our training after we are gone), training them how to best do Word Work, teaching and discussing our hermeneutical principles, and Program Work, which has a practical focus on how to set up more training venues and how God has used their ministries.

3.Lira-Group-and-MTs-300x183One of our goals in The Mentor Trainer Program is to give mentor trainers a sense of empowerment. We want them to believe that they are competent by God’s grace to do this work and that they don’t need to depend on outside influence.

This was one of the most, if not the most, dynamic venues I have been at. They were equipped, competent, and confident of their work.”

This is what LRI’s tagline, “Launching pastoral training movements worldwide” is all about. We train people in the Word and after God transforms and equips them in and through His Word, they continue the work we started.

2. Equipping people for ministry in their own contexts.

George, recent graduate of an American seminary and a dynamic African leader had this to say about the Training National Trainers program:

“This is a ministry that takes it down to a local level… Everything I have learned in higher education does not work on the local level.”

Leadership Resources seeks to equip pastors like George for ministry in their own contexts. Our approach to missions in Training National Trainers equips nationals to reach their own people.

God has used George to plant thirteen churches, raise up thirteen pastors, and develop each of the thirteen churches to serve as Resource Centers that train pastors and do church planting. George also teaches at a local Baptist seminary and teaches our TNT principles to his students.

3. God’s Word softening a hard and difficult heart.

In one of our 2 Timothy workshops, a pastor named Alfred was deeply convicted through God’s Word and shared the following testimony:

“I’m known to be a very difficult man… This week I’ve learned that I do not lead with a heart that is right for the ministry. I’ve been selective in what I do and who I work with. I thought I was always right–and now I realize I need to repent and will be easier to work with and more beneficial to all. I never want to be a difficult man again.”

God’s Word cut Alfred to the heart and caused him to rethink what a true biblical ministry is all about. His story of transformation is not uncommon, but is something we expect because of what God promises to do through His Word.

4. Reprogramming minds through the Scriptures

One of our older trainees commented that our training is reprogramming the way he thinks about the Word of God.

“This is difficult…I feel like I have to ‘offload’ a lot of my previous knowledge. What I learned today is a different way–but a good way to learn.”

Below is a short video of Doug Dunton describing more about his time in Africa:

Doug plans to return to Uganda in several months to train in six different locations. Pray that God would continue to use and expand our training to cause His Word to prevail mightily across the continent of Africa.

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

     

    Launching Pastoral Training Movements Worldwide

     

    The mission of Leadership Resources is to launch pastoral training movements worldwide. This blog shares articles, resources, and updates from staff of God’s work around the world through our training. If you’re new to our blog, start here.

     


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