This is the final week of the Discipleship Training School that started in July. It is hard to believe that the five month school (3 months lecture, 2 months outreach) is over. It was just amazing to see students come in from different countries and backgrounds and watch God get a hold of their lives. I mean lives literally transformed right before your eyes.
The outreach was here in Costa Rica. The students were able to experience many things – evangelism, running church services, reaching out to at risk youth and children, working to help people by building a house, digging a ditch and other acts of service. These guys really jumped in and applied the things they learned in lecture phase. These guys get it. They are not going to people who just love God with their words, but with actions.
“What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2: 14-17
It has been my honor and privilege to be a part of these students lives as the DTS leader and I look forward to hearing what they will do from here.
(Photos by Annie Blakeslee and David Wright)