Many of us can quote Bible verses. Lots of people can rattle off John 3:16 without thinking. Seattle Pacific University Professor David Nienhuis writes in A Concise Guide to Reading the New Testament of students who “have been trained to be Bible quoters, not Bible readers.”
It is important to read the Bible, entire passages. At Entrust, we focus on the whole counsel of scripture. One of our modules, Discovery Bible Study, offers practical training in how to dig into the Bible, to discover God’s meaning. In context. Not just to know, but to live. To be transformed.
Check out our training schedule and consider joining us.
Time for a change of scenery? How about a change so dramatic you’ll think you’re in South America? In fact, you WILL be in South America. If you’re interested in honing your Bible study or your small group facilitation skills, AND you need to get out o’ Dodge, why not head to Brazil this May to take Discovery Bible Study or Facilitating Relational Learning? Our ministry partner Equipping Women International (EWI) is offering both Entrust modules May 7-16 in Brazil. For more information, go to www.entrust4.org/BZhub. “Obrigado.”
“I’ll never read my Bible the same way again. I now see how personal God’s word is to me, not just general to the church, but to me!” Women in Novi Sad, Serbia, discovered how personal and applicable the Bible is as they completed Entrust’s training module, Discovery Bible Study.
The women felt DBS was the most difficult course they had yet studied with us. They were stretched, but now they have the tools to dig deeply into God’s word and share it with others.
Check out this amazing DBS cake! One of the participants, a baker, creatively captured the elements of DBS—observation, interpretation, application—with representations of a scroll, a page of notes and a magnifying glass. Hovering over the cake is marzipan dove, representing the Holy Spirit.
Stonebriar Community Church hosts many Entrust trainings. As you read this, several women are working intensely together at two of our modules: Discovery Bible Study (DBS) and Women Serving Women (WSW). Pray for each participant, each facilitator and co-facilitator, Jan. 8-11, as both groups work hard to finish part 1 of their respective modules.
Amidst Dr. Seussian sculpted trees, elephant fountains, orchid gardens and rich Thai hospitality, 20 women representing 12 nations came together for 10 days of rest, worship and lack of rest. Say what? While the setting was exquisitely peaceful, the ladies worked hard. It was an intensive women’s ministry training offered by Entrust partner Equipping Women International.
The women, each in full-time ministry, completed at least 50 hours of pre-study prior to coming to Thailand, then spent another 50 hours of classroom time, some in Facilitating Relational Learning, some in Developing a Discerning Heart and some in Discovery Bible Study. “God truly was in the middle of us,” reflects coordinator Debbie Lamp, “working his good into every one of our lives.”
For information about next year’s training in Thailand, visit www.entrust4.org/ThaiHub.
Rachel Wilson serves with SIM in Ethiopia and has taken three Entrust modules, including Discovery Bible Study (DBS) which I co-facilitated at our training hub in Switzerland in March. She and I re-connected at the wedding of an SIM staff member this past July. At our table, we were surrounded by SIM staff.
It was a thrill to hear Rachel, second-generation Entrust learner, tell the women at the table about Facilitating Relational Learning, Developing a Discerning Heart and DBS. The best part was her describing how she’s passing along what she’s learned with other women, including nationals in Ethiopia and women in the States. An SIM worker who served in Nigeria for many years was excited to hear about the training and asked for more information. God continues to widen the opportunities for Entrust across the world thanks to participants like Rachel who are “multiplying.” – Trish Barrett, Entrust facilitator and Mid-Atlantic hub coordinator
Bonding through quilts and frogs … in Switzerland.
We always enjoy a day off during our intensive Women-to-Women Ministry Training (WWMT) trainings in Switzerland. This year the participants and facilitators spent a lovely spring day in Basel. One of the participants in Discovery Bible Study (DBS), Ann, is a quilter and wanted to find a quilt shop in a suburb. I decided to go with her even though I am not a quilter.
Ann is an introvert and was ready to explore Basel and the quilt shop on her own. All she felt she needed was a map and her sense of adventure. However, she was willing to have someone join her on this expedition. I tend to be more task-oriented and often forget to make room for the Holy Spirit, so I wouldn’t normally have seen a reason to go with Ann. But, I’m glad I went.
God used that day of walking, talking, eating lunch in a beautiful quiet park, discovering a sign we could not begin to understand (Frog Crossing?) and just spending time together, to help us get to know each other better. God stretched Ann out of her normal mode of aloneness and reminded me of the importance of listening to the Lord.
–Trish Barrett, WWMT facilitator