Training the Trainers

My goal is not to "teach", but rather to "train others who then train still others (2 Timothy 2:2). Today was a highlight in that regard. Yesterday was spent training 22 Ugandans as trainers - with widely varying levels of capability. Today we opened the training for pastors and leaders and volunteers from the churches in Mbale. About 75 people came, among them were 10 of our "trainers." I led the morning training session. The people were quiet, attentive, but reluctant to share much. During the lunch break I asked Joseph, one of the trainers, if he would begin the afternoon session and try to invite questions and comments. (I sat in the back.) Oh my, did Ugandans open up...one question would be followed by responses from 3 or 4 different people - often from the trainers themselves. The Q&A time lasted 40 minutes. It was lively. It was honest. People helping people to understand better. And the trainers offered solid responses, often expanding on what they had gained from yesterday's 'train the trainers' session. I felt like a delighted grandparent seeing their own children now effectively spiritually parenting others. I felt I could have boarded the plane for home and they would do fine without me!

Tomorrow we take training on the road - to Kumi, a 60 minute drive away. Trainers will lead much of tomorrow's training. Saturday we drive to rural Palissa, with trainers again doing much of the training.

Pray for meaningful personal conversations; for safety as we travel; and for the trainers to improve each time they lead.

Wifi connection is very weak here. I am unable to email any photos, and even sending updates is hit and miss. I will leave you with the closing blessing we prayed over those who attended today's training - 1 Peter 5:7-12:

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.  And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it."

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