monument.jpgSeptember 26:  Today is day 3 of 3 of the Conference and I’ve just listened to Sheldon Searle speak on “Following Him” and Mark Smith teach “Jesus, the Master Teacher.” I’m awed by the quality of teaching and teachers we have at Community Bible Church. However, as I listen to the speakers, I am wondering about the accuracy of the teaching. Is it precise? Does the teaching convey the concepts as God would have us understand them? The lessons are not being taught in the original language it was initially taught, and now it is being translated into yet another language through our translator, Mortuza. Is there some loss in translation? Then I thought about the material…the program…the Gospel. God’s word is extremely powerful if it can be taught by a child, the illiterate, a new Christian, a mature Christian, a non-Christian, even the rocks and trees! Effective delivery of the message has more to do with the power of the message and of the Holy Spirit, than with those doing the teaching.

During our afternoon break, our group went to the Bangladesh National Monument, a beautiful memorial park, north of Dhaka, dedicated to the 3 million soldiers who lost their lives during the 1971 War of Independence. While at the monument, ———, a long time member of the WOL Staff, gave a moving prayer, thanking God for the soldiers who gave their lives for the independence of Bangladesh and for Jesus Christ, who gave his life so that all men might have freedom from sin and its consequences.