Monday, November 25, 2013

Ministry Highlight: Bible Storying

Bible Storying at Tenwek Hospital, Kenya
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16, 17 ESV).

This verse is one of the most significant in all of Scripture for Christians. It tells us that Scripture is given to us so that we will be equipped and complete. It tells us how this is accomplished—it trains us in righteousness, it corrects, it reproves, it teaches. It even tells us why Scripture is able to accomplish this work—it comes straight from God...breathed out by Him!

As Christians there are many doctrines of Scripture that we hold dear: The Priesthood of All Believers (there is no elite class, but we are all equal in our access to God and in our responsibility before Him)—and—The Clarity of Scripture (Everything in Scripture that God deems necessary for us to understand is clearly communicated to us).

I have always said that I believed these things, but my experiences during our last term in Uganda have thoroughly convinced me of their truth! During a Bible Storying Training at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya, our team leader led a group of local believers through Genesis 1:1-4a. Many of those in attendance had little or no formal education. The text of the story contains thoughts that are theologically weighty and deep. I have to confess that I was not ready for what came next. As the story leader led the group through the story slowly, using simple questions that he had crafted, the crowd came alive. The insights these people shared were simply astonishing! It was electrifying to see believers, considered simple by the world’s standards, encountering God through His Word in such a powerful way—and sharing such wonderful thoughts. The insights that they had into who God is as revealed in these opening verses of Scripture were on par with any commentary I have read.

This experience bolstered my confidence that Scripture is for every believer. More importantly, participants in the training gained a new confidence in their own abilities to interpret Scripture accurately. All over Africa and the world Bible Storying is bearing similar fruit.

For more information go to SimplyTheStory.org.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Meet the Burke Family

We are Matt and Joy Burke. We live and serve in Uganda with our two children, Judah (5) and Lily (3). I (Matt) grew up in rural South East Michigan in a large family (7 kids!). At the age of 8 I was convicted of my own sinfulness and inability to stand before God. Jesus met me in that condition and welcomed me into His family. My salvation experience was also my calling into mission, as my new heart sought to respond to a love that I had never known—a love for all peoples. At the same time, the Holy Spirit was at work on the other side of the world in the heart of a little girl who would become my wife. Joy was saved in Kenya, where her family served as missionaries.

It was Joy’s love for Africa that eventually led us to visit her home one summer while we were students at Asbury College. While I was committed to go wherever God directed, I never imagined that it would mean Africa. But over the summer God gave me a deep love for the land and the people of this amazing continent. The rest is history!

Now we are part of a mission family that desires to see people and their communities transformed by Jesus. We do this by training leaders who will reproduce themselves in others to carry out the work. It is immensely satisfying to see people encountering the living God through the stories found in His Word. There is no better story than God’s Story! For more information visit SimplyTheStory.org. We are excited to see God working in communities through the ministry of CHE (Community Health Evangelism/Empowerment). As people are introduced to God’s vision for healthy, vibrant communities they are discovering and using their own God-given abilities and resources to bring hope and wholeness.

What an amazing adventure! I cannot imagine anything better than being on mission with God in Africa.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Hopson Podcast


Our apologies for the blog silence!  We have been on the road for the past 6 weeks, and this blog took a backseat. 

We do want to give you a chance to hear from Kenneth and Delight Hopson once more before we move on to our next guests.


Click this link to hear their latest podcast!



They are also in the midst of a 50/50 Challenge- so check out the Hopson Ministry facebook page to find out more about how you can participate in their ongoing ministry.