Back home from Cape Town

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Cathy and I returned late Friday night from an incredible ten days in Cape Town, South Africa.  We got to see the diversity of the body of Christ in full display!

Leadership International from Nashville, Tennessee partnered with Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina to provide work teams to finish up work for a Xhosa church in the Khayelitsha township (over one million residing within a few square miles between the airport and the sea).

Meanwhile, I joined others in teaching a three-day pastors’ conference for church planting pastors from Ethiopia working under the auspices of an Bible Training Center for Pastors leadership team from South Korea!  Cathy got a tremendous response as she led a two-day retreat for women church leaders from the Khayelitsha township.Version 2

Over 750,000 refugees from Ethiopia make their home in South Africa.  In the past 10-12 years, this group of pastors and their colleagues have planted over 75 churches among those refugees, largely self-sustaining and committed to multiplying themselves all over the country.  The Korean leadership team offers training and some financial support. The Americans, like us, provide periodic teaching and training resources.  It is glorious partnership and snapshot of the international flavor of the church Jesus Christ is gathering unto Himself!

When you get a chance, check out the Equipped for Life website for a few more pictures!

In the meantime, here is a look at the Providence team at work on the church building and child-care center!

 

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