It has been my great honor to be associated with TBBF for several years. TBBF has a Christ-centered, mission-oriented and people-focused philosophy of ministry and has taken the driver’s seat to raise funds for Shepherding the Nations (STN).
On May 10, 2014, a fundraising event was held at TBBF. The estimated crowd of around 150 were spellbound by the beautiful music and gifted voices. Steve Lively and Diane Brown presented several songs that lifted our soul. Mike Vos, the event organizer, worked with his team for months of preparation. Their efforts included a wonderful silent auction with many items of interest. There were also many drawings where those in attendance could win a vacation, gift cards or tickets to attend various sporting events, etc. Tammy Werth, who handles the finances for STN, oversaw the collection of donations that night. Susan Leinen’s creative work on brochures and take-home packets helped people to have written material they could read to learn more about STN. During intermission, there was Hawaiian shaved ice and a coffee bar available, as well. Many, many volunteers helped to make this event a success!
Pastor Paul Brown, president of STN International, passionately presented STN’s ministry in India with personal examples from his own involvement overseas. India has 1.2 billion people! and STN’s involvement in this country for the past 10 years has borne fruit that is beyond comprehension. About 90 pastors have been equipped over the past ten years though a systematic teaching of the Scriptures and key Biblical principles and doctrines. They are ready to graduate in the Fall 2014. There is tremendous excitement as several thousand living in remote villages will be impacted by these very men. In addition to this, a multiplication method has already begun in India. Churches are being multiplied and STN ministry has spread to Nepal.
Paul Brown closed by inviting my wife, Flory, and me to come to the stage. Based on a unanimous decision of the STN Board, I will be assuming the position of STN National Director for India. This will involve a myriad of responsibilities and will require us to relocate in India. Flory and I were blessed and encouraged by the time of prayer over us and our future ministry as the evening closed.
Thank you to everyone who helped or participated in any way in this event. STN appreciates your support of its ministry and its mission – to resource national leaders to shepherd their nations, developing a global partnership which trains and supports indigenous pastors to shepherd their nations.