Dear Ministry Partner,
Last month, Mindy and I celebrated a CCI graduation with 6 BTCL students (Bible Training for Church Leaders) about 1 hour north of Bangkok, Thailand. Through the leadership of Kittikun Meetang (CCI Thailand National Director), the ministry in Thailand has experienced tremendous growth. In August, we attended their annual teachers’ conference in Chiang Mai. Over 50 teachers representing 7 people groups attended the conference. Under Kittikun’s leadership, the ministry in Thailand has grown from just a few classes now to over 300 students, with 52 trained trainers, from among 7 people groups. We are thankful to God for how He has used Kittikun to grow the ministry at great sacrifice.
On October 18, I left for the Philippines. I attended the sixth annual staff conference in the Philippines. We enjoyed the presence of the Lord with one another during times of worship, time in the Word, prayer, reporting, planning, celebrating the Lord’s Supper, and the ordination of our staff in the Visayas (Central Philippines) and in Mindanao (southern Philippines). The theme of this year’s conference was Hebrews 13:21, “Equipped in Every Good Work to Do God’s Will.” I led devotions each morning from Hebrews 13:20-21. This is a benediction often proclaimed at the end of many worship services. What a great passage to focus on for our conference! I learned much during our conference about our team in the Philippines. Here are some of my observations:
- Our team of coordinators is bearing much fruit all over the country.
- They are passionate about the CCI mission and vision.
- They are serving with little resources (some receive only $100 a month or less).
- Many churches have been planted through their work.
- They are personally investing their lives into many men and women.
- They are accountable for their work and ministry funds.
Quote of the week: “Many of my friends who are pastors are adopting current church growth techniques for quick growth but at the expense of sound teaching and understanding of Bible truth. The result is vulnerability to false teachings and no solid biblical foundation” (Pastor Eloi Cabillan).
Our time together has proven that these men and women are worthy of your personal support. By supporting a national coordinator, you can invest in the health of the church in other nations, which is ultimately our goal. Without solid leadership on the field, work developed by mission agencies and missionaries may fall apart. Our focused role is the equipping of these leaders through solid training in the context of a discipleship relationship.
The godly example of the teacher who shepherds the students through a
discipleship relationship with
results in a grounded, matured, fruitful leader who will serve for many years to come.
We encourage and invite you to invest in a CCI coordinator who knows the culture, the language, is a godly man, and will serve for many fruitful years under our care and nurture for the glory of God.
November 9 CCI Aotearoa Board Meeting (New Zealand)
November 12 Grace Covenant Church, Pottstown, PA
December 2 CCI Board Meeting (Brandon FL)
December 3 A Church of Living Hope, Langhorne, PA
December 10 Mountain View Chapel, Douglassville, PA
We are grateful for you!
Grace and peace,
Dr. David Nelson
Founder & President