Reflections from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
Tonight I am sitting in my room reflecting on how awesome God is! In the eleven days since the “In the Beginning God…” teaching tour began I have met so many wonderful people who are passionate about discovering truth for themselves. I have been blessed by the stories I have heard in every province, but my heart has been moved by a young pastor and his wife here in Yellowknife.
Derek and Jodi Lee serve at Calvary Community Church. In January 2013 Kay spoke in Edmonton at a conference called Break Forth. As usual Kay taught the Inductive Bible study method and little did we know that among the group that day there was a young pastor’s wife who was struggling in her devotional life. Jodi Lee describes her devotional life as non-existent for two years prior to studying with Kay in that one-day workshop. From that moment her eyes were opened to God’s Word in a whole new way and now she has a greater hunger for God’s Word. (You can read Jodi Lee’s full testimony here.)
After Jodi Lee came home from Break Forth she wanted to get Derek to try studying with Precept and together they studied Lord Teach Me to Study the Bible in 28 Days. After finishing that study Derek took what he learned in Jonah and created a sermon series and preached using the inductive method.
Both Derek and Jodi Lee are committed to making disciples in their church using the Inductive Bible Study method. Jodi Lee is now a certified Precept Upon Precept leader and has started classes in her church. God has been working in their lives, growing their church spiritually and raising up disciple-makers.
Derek and Jodi Lee did not know God was answering a longstanding prayer of our ministry for open doors to establish people in God’s Word in areas we have never been before: Northern Ontario, Quebec, PEI, Newfoundland and the northern territories.
Tonight as I prepared to teach I was reminded of the awesomeness of God. I stood ready to establish people in God’s Word in Yellowknife. In that moment prayers were being answered!
Our God is an AWESOME God. He answers the prayers of His people, He has grabbed the heart and attention of a local pastor and his wife to radically change the way they do ministry.
God is preparing our country for something great. Over 500 people were trained in 12 days for which we are so thankful. . .but we are not done, there are thousands more who, like a young pastor’s wife, are struggling or frustrated with their devotional life and are not growing in their relationship with God.
Our desire is to continue to follow God’s leading and go where He calls us to go. Many in remote locations have a hunger and desire to study God’s Word but they don’t have the same access to Bible study materials and training as those in urban areas.
Your ongoing partnership with us will further establish people in God’s Word in the far off places of Canada and it will bear much fruit to the glory of God.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the opportunity to serve with you in Canada. I am again humbled by the opportunity to meet so many great people who share two commonalities, faith in Jesus and Precept Ministries’ Inductive Bible Study.
It is through your prayers and God's faithfullness that we are on the verge of expanding the work of Precept like never before in the history of the Ministry. God gave us a vision to reach 30,000 new Canadians with Inductive Bible study. And we can see that it is truly His vision.
Have we met our goal? Not yet. But we are well on our way, and I know God will continue to be faithful as we follow His leading. Thank you for hearing God's call and partnering with us in this incredible opportunity.
Blessed by your partnership,
Mark Sheldrake, National Director