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February 2021 Update

God continues to accomplish many things around the world despite all that is going on in the world. In many respects for ENW, 2020 was a whirlwind and 2021 is off to a great start!

India Mini-Module Course

It was a joy to teach a mini-module course via Zoom in India last month: January 14th through 18th (Sunday through Thursday). This mini-module course was taught for Heritage Baptist Bible College and Seminary, Tamil Nadu, India.  Dr. Rein Alweill and I had the privilege to team teach that class. This was a change in venue for us, as ENW was able to be in India “face to face” in 2018 and 2019.

Uruguay Pastoral Training Conference

The next thing on ENW’s agenda was an ENW series of video recordings for Uruguay’s Pastoral Training Conference. “Foundations for Advanced Biblical Counseling” was the module. We will meet at Park Avenue Baptist (Pastor Dave Robinette) February 8th through 10th and begin the training on Monday morning.

Brother Dave and I will be doing this training.  Kevin White, our missionary contact in Bolivia, is home on furlough and joins us to do all the verbal translating. ENW is incredibly grateful for this providential timing. Rossana, pastor Gaby’s wife, did all the hard copy translation work for the men in Uruguay.

The sessions for this year include:

  • How to think and what to do about your past
  • The Cultural Doctrine of Self-Esteem, Self-Love, and Self-Image
  • Anthropology: The Scriptures Speak
  • Biblical help for stressed-out people
  • Replacing sinful pride with Christ-like humility
  • Dethroning the god of materialism

Philippine Youth Conference and Pastoral Training Conference

ENW will be conducting a second youth conference via Zoom in the Philippines at the end of February (26th). Pastor Vanni Solores (pastor of Anchor Baptist Church in Legaspi) is the host pastor and is working diligently to make all the technical connections as well as to get as many pastors and youth in his area involved as possible.

In addition to the youth conference, Pastor Vanni is organizing a pastoral training conference to be conducted on three consecutive Saturdays for the Filipino pastors  (Friday evenings from 7:00 A.M. to 3:30 A.M. for us). This Pastor’s Conference will also be conducted through Zoom on March 19th, 26th, April 2nd. The training will be from Unit Two — Foundations for Biblical Counseling.

Please pray that the devices, electronic equipment, and internet/Zoom connections will all be functioning at peak capacity for all these training sessions.

Myanmar Training Conference and Special Need

ENW had tentatively set up a tour in Myanmar for June, but this will most likely be postponed based on the latest political happenings there. Please pray for wisdom in this decision and for the people of Myanmar through the challenges occurring.

One of our concerns in addition to the pastor’s conference is our church plant in Tedim. The pandemic has affected Pastor Mang’s meetings with the church plant group. Also, the basic food needs of the study group are serious. One individual told Pastor Mang that they boil 2-3 cups of rice for 8 to 10 family members. One bag of rice can last a family for one month and the cost of each bag is approximately $35.  If anyone would like to sponsor one or more bags of rice for these families, please send the money to our sending church, Grace Bible Fellowship (address at the end of the update). Please mark your donation for the “Mang Rice Fund” and we will be sure it all goes for this project of supplying rice for the Myanmar families under Pastor Mang’s pastoral influence.

Doctoral Work on Ordination

On sort of a personal note, I have gotten my doctoral work published and will receive my first hard copy in the mail soon for final edits. I would love for this to be a help for many churches/pastors as we prepare the next generation of shepherds. The title of my doctoral work is ORDINATION: Rediscovering & Restoring the Biblical Process to the Ecclesiastical Context. This is the biblical process whereby young men are identified, recognized, evaluated, prepared, and authorized by the church based on their passionate desire (I Timothy 3:1), character qualifications (I Timothy 3:2-7; Titus 1:6-9) and sovereign gifting by God (Ephesians 4:11). Please pray with me that God will, indeed, use this work for His glory and His church.

Thank you for your continued prayers and financial support especially during these times of uncertainty and readjustments.

India and Myanmar January/February 2019 Report

ENW began its winter tour on January 22, 2019 flying to Trichy, India, home of Heritage Baptist Bible College and Seminary. This was ENW’s second visit and the continuation of Biblical Counseling Training there. The student body, now grown to 40-45 students, was a joy to teach as they are so eager to learn. The class format consisted of lecture sessions, group workshop/research sessions, and group discussion/open note exams at the close of each day. The class was designed to ensure truth and concepts were embraced and clearly understood for life application and ministry rather than simply teaching as much material as possible and reproducing facts on an exam. My goal was that teaching for life application brought us closer to “causing the students to learn” rather than just “acquiring knowledge”. One unusual experience for me this year was having a 13-year-old student in a college class room. He was a sharp little guy and such a joy to teach.

ENW’s next stop on this winter tour was Tedim, Chin State, Myanmar. This training opportunity is one of our most exciting and very promising in terms of the II Timothy 2:2 model. Our contact, Dal Go Mang (who has translated all written material as well as all oral teaching sessions) is quickly becoming an eager “Timothy learner” for this mentor. It was a joy to hear brother Mang comment regularly about learning and applying these principles of local church ministry and shepherd care.

One of the training concepts I challenged him with (again, flowing out of our II Timothy 2:2 model) was to select a few men he could begin working with in between ENW’s annual meetings. Before the day was over he had accepted the challenge and hand-picked six “faithful, capable men” to begin the process. What a thrill! We have already begun an initial conversation about him and his team reaching out as trainers to another area of Myanmar.


ENW spent two weeks laying the foundation for pastoral private word ministry (i.e. Biblical Counseling). This idea of pastoral counseling was very new to this group of 35-40 pastors. Prior to this training, the pastoral task of “Word Ministry” was essentially preaching one or two times per week. By the end of the second week, this imbalanced perspective was wonderfully adjusted, to God be the glory.

Next year the two-week training will be Foundations for the Christian Family. Our goal for that training is to have all the wives join their husbands for the conference. Having said that, your help with your prayers and finances are humbly requested.

This year two of ENW’s supporting churches each sponsored one week of the conference at $2,500 each. That covered the cost of food and fuel for the men with some left over. It takes approximately $50 per person, per week. Next year, with the wives joining their husbands, the weekly sponsorship (X’s 2 for both weeks) will be about $2,300 per week. This is considering 40 pastors and 30 wives as some of the pastors are single. What we had left from this year’s conferences will be applied to and lighten the financial load for the 2020 conferences.

The choice to have the wives attend with their husbands is a bit unprecedented in Myanmar as it is uncommon in this culture. The conference is sure to be a huge blessing, especially considering the subjects to be covered.

Any gift will be a much-appreciated investment in these shepherds and their wives and is tax-deductible. Gifts can be sent to: Grace Bible Fellowship, P.O. Box 1015 Somerset, PA 15501. Make any checks out to Equipping Nationals Worldwide and earmark it for 2020 Myanmar conferences.

Thank you for your continued interest in and consistent support of training the next generation of shepherds. Chris and I are grateful for those of you who support us personally and regularly as well. Our goal is to be fully supported by year’s end. Please pray with us to that end.

If you know of a church or individual that shares the same passion for training pastors, please contact them and have them go to our website: www.equippingnationals.org or send me their information and I’ll be happy to make contact.

ENW’s next tour is just around the corner as we will be departing on March 14, 2019 for Bolivia and then on to Uruguay. These tours are back-to-back in South America.

We continue to be your co-laborers for equipping next generation leaders for the churches of Jesus Christ, by His grace and for His glory.