A couple of recent posts from Bondia Timor Leste about the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Timor Leste are both worth noting.
The first has to do with the purchase of a block of land for a church building in Dili.
For two and a half years the Dili congregation has met under a thin blue tarpaulin in the driveway of one of the homes of a church member. Under the tropical sun the tarp just slows the light a little, while casting a blue light over the congregation who are perspiring under the heat which radiates through. During the Wet season the gravel driveway underneath becomes a torrent of water, and even sends the wandering hens and pigs off to find better shelter.
The recent outcome:
Local negotiations over price with the local landholder, his family and his village were fairly straight forward, but then the whole process had to wait in a processing queue in government departments for two years while they tried to cope with their overwhelming backlog of land rights issues.
Late last night we finally received the exciting news from Rev Daniel Marcal, Moderator of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Timor Leste …
“Praise the Lord. God has given land for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Timor Leste.”
This is the land for the church and the beginnings of a fence (a very important part of securing ownership).
Read the whole post here.
The second post contains news of an immanent ministry training trip to Timor Leste and is provided by David Burke leader of the Training Team
Three people from Sydney will visit Timor Leste between 1-8 December to share in a training ministry with the local church.
With local coordination from Daniel Marcal, we will run a training programme for 16 evangelists and nine pastors at Licquica west of Dili. The training will be focussed on the core skill of preparing and giving a Bible talk. In addition, there will be a session on cults and time for a synod meeting. Wilson Fernandes will arrive early to spend a weekend with the church in Dili and David Burke will have some consultations on behalf of APWM and PresAid before he departs for Singapore.
The team members are as follows:
- DAVID BURKE: David has been a Presbyterian minister since 1979 and has served in Australia and Singapore. He has conducted mission ministries in Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. He last did ministry in Timor Leste in 2009. David is presently a full time lecturer at Presbyterian Theological Centre Sydney. He is married with three adult children and four grandchildren.
- WILSON FERNANDES Jnr: Wilson has been a Presbyterian minister since 1992 and has served in Brazil, United States of America and Australia. He has planted churches, directed Christian camps for 11 years and taught missiology at the Presbyterian Seminary in Brazil. He has a Doctorate of Ministry Degree, Master’s Degree in Theology / Missiology, a Specialization in Advanced Christian Leadership and a Bachelor degree in Theology. Presently, Wilson is planting a church in Sydney among the Portuguese-speaking people. He last did ministry in East Timor in 2009. He is married and has two adult children.
- YAS SHIMIZU: Yas is currently studying at the Presbyterian Theological Centre in Sydney. He was born and raised in Japan. He traveled to the USA after university graduation. In the USA Yas studied English, IT, and also worked as sushi chef. Yas returned to Japan in 2007. He married an Australian and moved to Australia in 2010. They have a two year old daughter.