November 13, 2017 Training in Grand Rapids Last week we held TLT training near our home office in five of our manuals. Our participants came from many places including South Dakota, Illinois, Indonesia, Haiti, and right here in Michigan. It was wonderful to hear how God is at work in the various places they minister. At the end of the week we were pleased to certify two new Advanced Trainers who have plans to use the TLT program in their daily ministries.
Please join us in prayer for all the leaders that attended - that they will be blessed in their ministries and that TLT will be a useful tool for them in training up other leaders.
August 18, 2017 New Director! TLTI would like to announce that we have a new director - Rev. Gary Bekker.
In July, Gary Bekker began a transition from serving as director of Christian Reformed World Missions, now Resonate Global Mission, to director of TLTI. Since World Missions and Timothy have had a close relationship for some time, he is well acquainted with its effectiveness in training church leaders to share the gospel in their communities as well as disciple believers in their congregations.
In fact, Gary has had some role in Timothy almost from its beginning, first as academic dean of Calvin Seminary, and then as director of World Missions. He shares his excitement in seeing and hearing how Timothy Leadership Training has revitalized pastors in their calling, as they learn how to preach and do the work of ministry better because of their training.
We are grateful to Stephen Tuuk for serving our Lord through Timothy for the last five years, the first two as a board member followed by three years as President and Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, Timothy expanded the reach of its ministry and reorganized internal operations. Stephen will continue to serve TLTI going forward as our Board Chair.
July 25, 2017 Certification Name Change In order to better align with how our levels of certification are translated into dozens of languages we are re-naming our "Master Trainer Certificate" as the "Advanced Trainer Certificate". All previously issued certificates are still valid, but the new name will be replacing the older ones in our manuals, on our certificates, and throughout our other publications. The name change only affects the name in English. Please contact us if you have any questions!
July 14, 2017 - Niger The second week of July in Niamey eleven TLT Advanced (Master) Trainers came together from different regions of Niger for a train-the-trainer event. They had three goals: that Advanced Trainers from different regions will be recycled and encouraged in their training ministry, that they will become better acquainted with the manual "From Harm to Harmony", and to set up a new coordination team to develop an new Action Plan for Niger.
The group met for three days studying "From Harm to Harmony", creating action plans, and electing a new coordination team and a new coordinator - Pastor Oumarou Wate.
Three Gourmantché trainers were part of the group and reported on how they are using the first three TLT manuals which are now available in their mother tongue. They were so grateful to have the manuals in Gourmantché and look forward to receiving the rest - which are in the process of translation now.
The team is making plans to introduce TLT throughout the whole country, this is a big task as Niger is the largest country in West Africa. However, they report that already 600 people have taken the first three TLT manuals!
~taken from a report by Marc Nabie, TLT Coordinator in Burkina Faso
Pastor Oumarou Wate New Coordinator in Niger
New Niger Coordination Team
Yenfoba Yombo & Baba Mandjeri Advanced Trainers in Gourmantché
July 11, 2017 - Haiti
Josue Gedeon is a Regional TLT Facilitator in the Léogâne at Darbonne region of Port-au-Prince. He took his training with Clonel Dufresne, a Haitian TLT Facilitator, over the past several years.
In 2016, Josue wrote a TLT Action Plan about repairing the physical structure of the church he attends. One side of the church was destroyed and open, and the foundation was dangerous. In September 2016, a church member fell and broke his leg while entering the building. It was a danger for people to go and worship inside.
Shortly after this mishap, Josue met the pastor (“on September 4, 2016 at 6 pm”) and presented his plan to repair the church. His plan was following the strategy of TLT: he identified the Activities he could do that would achieve a concrete Goal for Kingdom Change. He mobilized members and gathered money to repair the church. Each member contributed 1000 Haitian gourdes ($16.00USD), and one woman give 150 blocks for repairs. Josue’s strategy and determination came through his TLT training. As a result, people in Léogâne at Darbonne now have a safe place to continue to worship the Lord.