Hermeneutics Class for Kazakh Speaking Pastors
Right at the beginning of July I conducted a class on hermeneutics for Kazakh-speaking pastors. It was arranged by my brother and partner in the Gospel, Bagid. The lecture was translated into Kazakh. It went for the whole day with a break for lunch. It went very well and was received with great enthusiasm. We decided to have another class on hermeneutics soon to allow the students to practice their skills. Please pray that more preachers would hear and see that expositional preaching is a biblical way to preach the Bible. I also plan to conduct a similar class for lay people of our church so that they see the beauty of the Scriptures and grow in appreciation of an expositional preaching.
Every service at our church we have a short meditation on a passage related to the main passage of the sermon. It is given at the beginning of the service. Usually if the sermon is from the Old Testament, the passage is from the New Testament and vice versa. Last Sunday, June 23, Nurmuhan shared such a meditation with the church for the first time. It was theologically sound and pastoral. He spoke on eternal life from John 17:3 which prepared the way for the sermon on Hosea 4. Several people came up afterwards and thanked him for some profound insights into eternal life being primarily about knowing God and not about endless succession of the periods of time. Please pray that God would show us and Nurmuhan if he is called to the teaching or preaching ministry.
Preparation for an Eschatology Class
I have started working on Eschatology class. Bagid and a couple of pastors from Taraz requested such a class. The longer I work on this class the more I understand that such a class could also be taught to lay people so that they get a clear understanding of what the end times are all about, i.e. that it is about the coming of the King and submission of all to Him. Please pray that God would bless my preparation.
Translator is Found
You know that we have been looking for a translator from English into Kazakh. I have asked you to pray for that. Looks like we found one. Praise be to God. Thank you for your prayers. We are in the middle of negotiation about the details of the first project that we plan to do with the help of COAH. Please pray that God would bless our efforts. Also, please pray for the translator. His name is Talant.
Please pray that:
- We would be patient and wait upon the Lord
- God would bless our partnership with Bagid and brothers from Taraz
- We would be bold in sharing the Gospel with the unbelievers (here are the names of some: Daulet, Alexander, Danil, Bahytzhan, Mark)
- God would be glorified in our conversations and meetings with others (Zhanibek, Aisulu)
- God would bless our discipleship efforts (Nurmuhan, Oleg)
- God would be glorified through our translation project
- God would build His church in Kazakhstan