When Paul was getting later on in life and he knew the end of his ministry was closer than the beginning, he admonished his young coworker, Timothy to continue to missionary ministry of training the next generation of missionaries. He instructed him by saying “what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” It was obvious, if the church were not continually recruiting and sending out new missionaries, the church would soon stagnate, wither on the vine, and then begin to die off. Paul considered the training of new missionaries to be an integral part of his own missionary ministry. And those of you who have heard me preach know that Paul is my hero and my model in my own missionary ministry.

In Colombia we have tried to emulate Paul in the way he established indigenous churches that soon were self supporting, self governing, and self propagating. We have been honored to see churches growing to maturity and taking on the responsibility for their own ministries and now even starting new churches on their own as well. We have been blessed to see the Lord bless the ministry in that way. At the same time, I have been concerned that many new missionaries going out do little or no evangelism or church planting. When I question why, I realize that it is because they are not receiving proper training in the area of missions in their Bible college training. So eight years ago now, I agreed to work with KCU and help change that.

At their request, I began teaching on campus every other year for one semester. I then teach one class online the three semesters I am not on campus. The school did not have the finances to support a full time missions professor since their were not enough students to pay the costs. The dean of the ministry department did not want to drop the program, so he asked if I would teach without a salary. Since I saw it as a ministry and not as a job, I gladly agreed. KCU does give me free housing and a meal ticket in the cafeteria. They provide a stipend to cover my gas milage in and out of town as I need to continue traveling and speaking to my supporting churches on the weekend. I am in my fourth such cycle now and have done this for eight years.

I have classes that start at eight in the morning and my last class of the day ends at three o’clock. I then jump in the car and drive to Rittman and arrive home about eight in the evening and do some housework and gardening on Saturday morning. Then I leave about noon and head to my speaking date. I spend Saturday night with a host family from the church and then speak at Sunday School and preach at church. Normally, after a lunch with the missions committee or some people from the church, I hit the road again and head back to KCU for my next week of teaching.

It is an exhausting schedule, but I enjoy teaching and I also enjoy visiting with you and sharing the work that the Lord is doing in Colombia. It is exciting to see what is happening there and I want to share that excitement with you! It is also exciting to work with the next generation of missionaries who will in the not too distant future replace me when I am no longer able to serve. I thank you for supporting not only the work in Colombia but my efforts to teach here at the Bible College as well. May God bless you for that partnership in this ministry!

2 thoughts on “The Missionary Ministry of Training the Next Generation

  1. I am a believer in this model of on the job training and Dale is one of the best I have come to know . His leadership and background is a wealth of great practice and great results . He is a man of God who has who with God blessing and directing Dale’s effort produced a lasting church in Columbia today .The staying power of God at work there is in those who are inspired to follow in his footsteps . This model must be done every generation who accept Christ and do the will of God during each life devoted to doing just that . None of the churches that Paul started in the book of Acts as he went about doing this are here today . The generations that followed Paul did not make it continue to happen and they all fell away . We have the start of the church at Ephesus ,in chapter 19 . We have the book of Ephesians , where Paul writes about there growth , We have the prophesied demise of that same church recorded . We have a history of that church’s demise in around AD 200 as well as 6 more of them from that time and location written about in Rev chapters 2 and 3 where John declares the words of Jesus saying that the angle will remove their Lamp-stands . Jesus said in Matthew 5: 14-16 “you are the light of the world …..you put light on a lamp-stand and it gives light to every one in the room in the same way you let your light shine before men , that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven ” That word praise in not a vocal affirmation to God about the person but a tribute to God as they are inspired to do the same thing , the same way that you inspired them to do likewise .The lamp stands were removed by the angel because the light went out . What was the light ? ” their first love ( as seen in any new convert that must tell everyone that they meet about Jesus ) ( the excitement , the joy , the devotion to all know that God loves them ) ( you can see the light fade and go out in many ) Dale , you are that inspiration so needed to continue this work of evangelism .

  2. Thank you Dale for fulfilling this important need in educating future missionaries. Mission classes used to be full at KCC/U. There was great desire to “go”. I pray new workers will be challenged by your teaching. God bless!

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