The video below features Herediki, a pastor from a remote Indonesian village, sharing how WordPartners Training has transformed his life and ministry by equipping him to preach biblical sermons.
Traveling to his town to film this video was the first time WordPartners’ staff has had contact with Herediki. Herediki receives training from his pastor, Audy. Audy has been trained and faithfully passes his training on to Herediki and others in their remote Indonesian village.
Transcript of the Video is below. Note: “TNT Training” is now called “WordPartners Training.”
My name is Herediki Lupon. I attend a Baptist church in the village of Atep Oki. I joined this church to understand the Word of God related to me personally. This church has an emphasis on helping us understand the Word of God more clearly. This church is different than other churches around us: how we follow Christ is seen in our lifestyle with God’s Word.
I am an assistant pastor for the church. I wanted to become closer to the Lord and take the steps to become a minister, but I have not had the opportunity to go to seminary. Since I was young, I have had the desire to enter theological school, but was not able to follow my desires. All of the pastors that come to pastor here have encouraged me to attend theological school. But there are many challenges to getting to a theological school. It is quite far away, very time consuming and finances are very limited. And besides, I am forty-nine years old now. But it’s OK. So far, I have learned the training from Pastor Audy, and I can understand the Bible much clearer now.
[WordPartners] Training has been an answer to prayer and a great encouragement to our family… When Pastor Audy returns from a [WordPartners] Training, he teaches me and others what he has learned, lessons about finding the big idea of a text, understanding the context of a passage, and many other lessons. This allows me to have a much more detailed understanding of the Bible, a better understanding of the context of the text.
Before I learned the [WordPartners] Training method that Pastor Audy taught me, when I would preach a sermon, I would just speak about any idea I found and would like to talk about. After learning the training methodology, I have become much more careful. I try to be an encouragement to the congregation so they can understand the true meaning of God’s Word. This has been helpful for my own family and the church members as well.
We try to give the training to our whole family so that our family can continue to be faithful. Not only our children, but also our grandchildren. I would really encourage you to continue the training because it is having a very big impact—not only to the pastor, but to the church members. It has really become an encouragement to me personally.
Herediki is living proof of how God is using second generation training to further strengthen the global church and is another example of why we love being a 2 Timothy 2:2 ministry!
“…what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2
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