The second day of the Bible Institute on Ometepe saw another full room of pastors and teachers (about ½ are women). They have been very attentive and are asking good questions. We covered a number of important topics today including the inspiration and inerrancy of scripture as well as an overview of the process of interpretation and the Holy Spirit’s role in guiding believers in understanding and applying God’s Word. We’d asked you to pray for a spirit of unity among the pastors, and we feel that we’re starting to see that. We’ve emphasized several times that we are all students and that we need each other, and the feedback we’ve received from our host pastor has been that the spirit among the pastors has been cooperative.
Teaching in Nicaragua is a bit different- the temperature in the room is probably 80-85 degrees and periodically a stray dog will wander through, but nobody seems to notice. Our translation team continues to do an outstanding job and have made our time very comfortable. Tomorrow and Thursday we’ll be trying to identify other ministry opportunities that might be folded in to future trips (next Institute on Ometepe is scheduled for mid-Oct.). The Christian camp where the Institute is being held has classroom space that could accommodate VBS or other ministries, so please pray for discernment on where the Lord would lead. The Bethel team is doing great and fully in the rhythm of teaching with a translator. Tomorrow we will focus on how the Canon was established. Thanks for your prayers!