We were met by a group of enthusiastic men at the airport. They couldn’t wait to be taught how to conduct a Bible study class, using Community Bible Study International (CBSI) model and materials.
Maureen Lee, CBSI Children & Youth Supervisor for East Asia and I were in Phnom Penh, Cambodia last week to equip our Cambodian core team so they can intentionally develop our children and youth spiritually through regular disciplined Bible study. These Cambodians were eager learners as they have never been in such a training before. They learned what it takes to be a spiritual leader. They learned the importance of personal growth before they can minister to the children and youth. They learned the importance of prayer and loving/shepherding the children as they invest their lives in the next generation. They learned how to conduct a Bible study class. They learned how to prepare a mini sermon to wrap up the passage of study each week, so that the students will know the major truths of the passage and apply them in daily living.
These trainees were so fun to be with as they pretend to be children and youth – learning how to memorise verses through various creative ways, and in their role play as one of them lead in the Bible study discussion. They were more serious when it was time for them to prepare their mini sermon and give it out during our training time. They did a good job, I must say!
Now, they are getting ready to start the Bible class – one class for the youth at our Learning Center (60 students) and another class for students of Grade 4 (50 students) from our Primary School. We hope to be able to add more classes as the Lord enables and as He provides more teachers. Please pray for them as they prepare to disciple these children and youth through regular study of the Word. We are planning to start the classes in November as the study material is currently being translated in Khmer.