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Here am I, send me – Isaiah 6:8 
(Sept. 30, 2018)

We’ve passed the baton to another group of students, charging them to go. They are trained, equipped, and ready to preach and teach God’s redemption story to all the ones the LORD blesses them to shepherd. We opened today, united as one in prayer, focusing on our calling and the empowerment that God has given us through the in-depth study of His Word. The students testified that they are prepared to go and teach the metanarrative of God’s redemptive plan to others. Praise the LORD!! So we prayed and commissioned them to go: “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Tim. 4:1-2). We encouraged them to "fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith" (2 Tim. 4:1-7).

This evening we came together in unity joined in an unbroken circle to represent the process and life cycle of discipleship ministry. For just as we are called to go and “make disciples…teaching others to obey everything Jesus commanded,” we are also instructed to “entrust what we’ve learned to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well” (Matt. 28:19-20; 2 Tim. 2:2). The praise and worship service was divine – filled with the Holy Spirit and the peace of Christ Jesus. What a glorious day it is to know that we are sending trustworthy workers into God’s vineyard, for we live in a time where truly, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (Matt. 9:37-38). And now we pray for the wisdom, power, authority, and grace of Jesus Christ to go wherever He leads – commissioned, ready, and dressed in the full armor of God, saturated in His Word, and covered in prayer (Eph. 6:10-18).

The testimonies coming out of the Stories of Glory: An Orality Journey Through the Bible course are amazing. Many explained their personal spiritual growth and how they now have a better understanding of Christ’s love for us, and that we are to share that same love with others. We also had eleven pastors and church planters that came to take the class for the second time, which was a tremendous blessing. They knew what was expected, so the minute they walked through the door, they went to work digging into Scripture and helping others embrace the process. They spoke of the different ways they are using the art of biblical storytelling in their ministries of evangelizing and church planting. Several brought truly inspirational stories about how people are coming to know Christ through the stories. And all prayed, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isa 6:8). To God be the glory! Amen!   —Jackie

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