Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Prayer for a 'potential' preacher/teacher

Since God desires to hear from us in all things, we solicit your prayers for a certain man, John Lanta, and his family here in Lae. We feel he has been fitted--by God's grace--for the calling of preacher and instructor of theology. He grew up in the Reformed Church in Port Moresby, has served as a leader in the churches in Lae for some 9 years and is well versed in Scripture and theology. He is also exceptional at mathematics and is serving as an instructor at the University of Technology in the math department. Although he doesn’t have a master’s or doctorate yet, he has been highly recommended by the department head to seek them overseas (England or Australia). He has been looking into this and has the backing from the University.

I have spoken to John about changing from a masters and possibly a doctorate studies in math to theology. Although we feel the Lord has led him to this decision-making-time in his life (having served faithfully for many years in the churches; having a love for teaching Scripture and wishing to go for further studies overseas), we, of course, can’t force his or his wife’s hand in this decision. The decision would probably mean seeking his Masters of Divinity overseas at the CanRC Theological College in Hamilton, Canada and, upon completion, serving outside of Lae in a new discipline, theology. The hope would be that he would serve as a professor at our Reformed Churches Bible College in Port Moresby.

In all this much, much prayer is needed. Please commend John his wife and their two young children to prayer as they process this life-changing decision. We know that the call of the Gospel is often a call to leave family, friends and some comforts for Christ’s sake. This is a step of faith and this faith is only obtained by God’s Spirit. Please pray for them as it seems the time is ripe for them to make a decision. And the need to have faithful men serving as teachers and preachers of God’s Word in PNG is paramount!

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