May was a busy month here at State College, PA. But what an enjoyable sort of busyness! Three major events took our focus and built to a climax during the last weekend.
We started on the 15th with new member orientation. Getting a well-rounded understanding of what ABT is about and how we operate is helpful. Taking some time to look into Bible translation and community development helps new members understand team functions. Placing both of those efforts squarely within their proper role of supporting the ultimate goal of church planting is an essential focus.
Five people participated in Orientation:
- A young single sister, who grew up in a missionary family in Mexico. She plans to return to work with her family among the Tarahumara, especially focusing on a literacy program. She is supported by a church in Mexico and a church in Pennsylvania.
- A couple from a church in northwestern Pennsylvania are preparing to serve in a community development role. Like many members in training, they don't yet know where they will be serving.
- We ask new spouses to take Orientation, so another member from a church in southern Pennsylvania brought his bride and went through it with her. This couple plans to join the Mixtec team in Guerrero, Mexico.
Highlights of Camp Week were great content, meaningful fellowship, and lots of inspiration and encouragement. All available members in training and several from the field came together under a tent in the back field for three grace-filled days.
As we mentioned earlier, Melvin Lehman came and shared with us about the Kingdom of God. He brought a number of challenges, calling us to keep God's Kingdom as central in the gospel we live and proclaim as it is in the Bible itself.
Other speakers addressed the following subjects:
- Paul Shirk. How We Got the Canon of Scripture (Did you know the Bible itself explains how we know which books are Scripture and which are not?)
- Paul Dye (Ethnos360). Working Together: How an Uncontacted Tribe Received the Gospel (The initial contact, and then—Why did it take so long for them to really hear the gospel?)
- Jay S. Supporting, Encouraging, and Staying Connected with Your Members (What are some roles that need to be faithfully filled?)
Check out the Camp Week recordings that are being uploaded to our Youtube channel!
The final two days were packed—in more ways than one! Nearly 200 people attended EXPLORE ABT, which made for a packed room. And we had lots of sessions and information packed into a short two days.
You can view the program here. Better yet, check out the recordings as we make them available on our Youtube channel!
And you can even reserve your place in next year's event!
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
“Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
“Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
“In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
“That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
“That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
“Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
“Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
“Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
“As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
“More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
“All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
“Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
“Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
“That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
“For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
“All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
“For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
"This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
"You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9,