(Report from Jonathan) “God is at work in Hmawbi!! I arrived today at 3pm and found that potentially up to 5 brothers had finished the manual! With only an hour with them today, I did not have a chance to look through everything. A couple of them travelled 3 hours both ways and needed to be home by dark which also limited our time together. What a group of faithful men! They were answering questions very quickly as if they knew their material. This really shows the power of the Holy Spirit working in them and manifesting itself in their willingness to learn.
Another evidence that God is working in them is that there was no mention of money. They only wanted God's word from me. What a joy to experience this confirmation that the Spirit was producing a hunger for the Word more than anything else.
Pray for me as I only have one full day tomorrow and will try to keep focused those who have finished and move them forward with the projects in hopes to graduate them in the Fall. The Scripture that comes to mind is 2 Corinthians 8:5 where Paul was speaking about the unbelievable generosity that came from this poor Macedonian church; "and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us." These are my sentiments about the brothers in Hmawbi. They have absolutely exceeded any expectation I had. And we praise the Lord for the power of His Spirit and His Word in those who have given themselves over to Him.”
This report reminds me of Paul’s confidence he had in the Philippians: “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence” (Philippians 2:12). This was the work of the gospel in them and in those in Hmawbi. Their obedience started when and how they received the gospel. It was not forced. The challenge for us is to examine how we received the gospel and how it has produced obedience.
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