Archive for the Training Category

Sep 14

WIM Update on Summit 2016 – Chuck and Cindy Harper

2016 | by Clint | Category: Field Updates,Native American,Prayer,Training

Here is some excited news about great things that are happening among the Navajo Nation and the Western Indian Ministries’ work with the Navajo church:

Dear Friends,

I am so excited to tell you about how God is working on the Navajo Nation – and using Western Indian Ministries to help grow and nurture the Navajo Christians and the Native Churches for His glory!
On August 19 and 20, Western Indian Ministries hosted the firstNavajo Nation Christian Leadership Summit! What a joy to see several hundred Christian leaders and over 90 Pastors join us. The Navajo Nation President’s office suggested the event, and assigned one of their staff to work with over 50 pastors in planning, and then asked if Western Indian Ministries would be the host site for this historic event.
We were honored to host this event, especially because serving and equipping the Christian Churches on the Navajo Nation is what WIM is all about! Our amazing staff worked long hours planning the logistics, cooking and serving food, creating a special prayer trail, preparing signage, setting up parking spaces, porta-johns, etc., all to make the event happen! I wish you could have seen our team doing such an amazing job, all with the joy of the Lord glowing in their hearts – even after a long and busy weekend!

The summit was a huge success! Our theme was Biblical Unity- John 17. Difficult issues were discussed, and some strategies were set in motion to meet critical challenges on the Navajo Nation. Break out sessions addressed the priority areas that our planning team had identified. These included: suicide, biblical counseling, disciple making, coping with grief, leadership development, the church and Navajo law, marriage, and youth ministry. Some of our staff and board members were part of the teaching and strategic development.
So, thank you for your prayers and for helping to make WIM relevant and effective. God is listening. Your prayers make our ministry possible!

I can also joyfully report that God used the Navajo Church to fully fund this event! What a joy that is, especially as we are working hard to rebuild our own financial foundations and fully fund our ministry.

Again, thank you so much for your investment in us and in Western Indian Ministries! God is truly using our team to transform Native America!

Chuck and Cindy Harper

Jun 30

God’s Work in Guatemala

2016 | by Clint | Category: Field Updates,Global,Rabinal Achi,Training,Trips

God has been doing a lot in Guatemala this month through our church and its partners; The Barreras went back for a 2-month visit, the Water Filtration Project, the Medical Missions Trip and most recently, the Pastors’ Training.  Here is a summary from Pastor Ron who went as part of the leadership for the Pastors’ Training that wrapped up a couple of weeks ago:

The summer conferences we are leading in Guatemala go through the 9 Marks of a Healthy Church.  The teaching intentionally takes topics in a specific order so topics build upon each other.  The topic of this conference was Sound Doctrine (Sana Doctrina).  We began by talking about the “indicative” (statements of fact, truth) and “imperatives” (commands, responses, applications and principles about Christian living) that fall under sound doctrine, teaching them that imperatives (commands) flow from indicatives (doctrine).  Also, we talked about how sound doctrine leads to so many things in a church setting such as holiness, unity, love and proper worship.

The topic lead to lots of practical discussions that were facilitated in small groups of 8-10 after the teaching and a question-and-answer session at the end of the day to solidify the day’s teaching and discussion.  An example of the practical discussions was unity in the church.  Pastors discussed the lack of unity within their churches, the various ways it can look and how leaders should respond.   Another topic of discussion was sound doctrine in musical worship.  Most of the pastors do not coordinate at all with the musical worship leaders.  So we talked about how they are responsible for sound doctrine being taught through the lyrics of the songs their congregation sings as much as through the teaching.

One final encouraging aspect was to see the pastors interact with both the speakers and each other.  The pastors in Baja Verapaz, for example, were able to interact with pastors from a different country, some leading pastors in their own country and then fellow pastors in their same area who lead the small group discussions.

Please continue to pray for the work laid out by God through some members of DSC and our partners in Guatemala during this past month.  Pray that it would be fruitful in the lives that their work, as well as, God’s Word touched.

Jun 17

Pastor’s Training Update

2016 | by Clint | Category: Field Updates,Global,Prayer,Rabinal Achi,Training,Trips

Desert Springs’s Mission Pastor, Clint Moore, Pastor Ron Giese, and newly appointed Deacon Bud Tidman partnered with Iglesia Reforma, the Barreras and some of the local Achi for another pastoral training this week in Guatemala. Here is a little note they sent during the week:

DSC, thank you for praying for us as we gather together to put on another pastoral training here in San Miguel Chicaj!

This training’s topic is Sound Doctrine. Our goal is to help the pastors understand better how Sound Doctrine (teaching what the Bible teaches about…everything!) is critical for our love for God and one another, our growth in holiness, our unity with one another, our worship of God, and our witness to the world. Please pray with us that these men are encouraged to stand on God’s word alone for what to understand and teach to their flocks.

Please keep them in prayer as they’ve wrapped up the week of training and are heading home.  Here are a couple of photos of the first days of training:


Pastors Training1

Pastors Training2