2014 October 14
Dear newsletter family,
As promised, we would like to give you an update on each of the three areas of our project: laymen evangelism training, audio evangelism, and literature. Today we would like to share with you how God has been working and what some of our needs are with the evangelism training. The other two newsletters should come later this week.
Over the past couple of years, we have traveled to a number of different villages and conducted short one-week or two-week revival and evangelism training programs. This has provided us with a unique opportunity to build relationships with pastors and elders around this part of the country and to get a feel for some of the needs here. It has been a difficult and challenging experience for us, but a time of spiritual growth and satisfaction that comes from doing God's work.
We are excited that our two-month training program is beginning soon, on November 17. The training will focus on revival and reformation and will include a lot of practical experience including how to study the Bible, how to prepare and present Bible studies, the meaning of the gospel, how to live healthfully and eat nutritious food, and how to prepare for and be ready for end-time events. God has provided us with a number of volunteers and church leaders who will help us with the teaching.
The training will be held in a strategically chosen village of Dabgue, which is roughly equidistant and within walking distance from a number of villages where there is little or no Adventist presence. The church in Dabgue has been struggling for a long time. But due to various acts of Providence, there is a renewed and growing spiritual interest in the area. The seminar will end with an evangelistic program put on by the students.
Finally, we are growing close to our goal of hiring full-time Bible workers! This should take some load off us directly as we will soon have trained workers. The candidates for this course are hand-selected based on our evaluations of them from previous trainings and on counsel from church leadership. We pray that they will be serious about learning and becoming more qualified workers for God.
While we are excited about this school, we could still use some financial help. While there are some general funds available, we are hoping to apply as much of those as possible for our literature project (see upcoming newsletter). Any funds marked specifically for "lay member training" would be appreciated. We are offering the course and meals to approximately twenty students for free. They will pay for their transportation cost to and from the training and their own personal expenses. Desert Tree Ministry has estimated a budget of $5,500 for this year's program. This is higher than the average training course because we are developing the facility as part of the same effort. To help compensate for a free course and meals, the students will have to participate in a work program where they will provide free labor to finish the construction of the church, well, and outhouse, and perhaps a community project. Here's a breakdown of the major points:
$3,500 student food and cook salary
$240 two new bicycles for transport needs of cooks
$160 hand-dug well
$1,000 building materials to finish the church (brick, cement, doors)
$100 twenty-five French Bibles
$150 printer toner and paper for printed course material
$350 miscellaneous (fuel, notebooks, pens, etc)
If you would like to help with a donation by check or money order, make
it payable to: Outpost Centers International
For: OCI's work at Desert Tree Ministry
and send it to the following address:
Outpost Centers International
5132 Layton Lane
Apison, TN 37302
Or, you may donate online through Outpost Centers International at http://www.outpostcenters.org/donate. Remember to mark your donation online "OCI's work at Desert Tree Ministry" Thank you!
Please be praying that the Holy Spirit will prepare the way for these messages and that God will hold back the efforts of the devil to hinder His work. Please pray that we will remain healthy. Please also pray that the students will be serious and apply what they learn and become dedicated workers for God.
In His service,
Jonathan and Melody and Gideon Dietrich