Traveling to Myanmar and Raising Support

Posted: January 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

I am writing because the Lord has presented me with yet another unique opportunity. I have been asked to join a team of three other teachers to travel to Myanmar (Jan. 16–26). In Myanmar we will invest in students and local pastors as we teach theology and pastoral ministry. This is a tremendous chance to exercise the gifts God has given me and to join in fulfilling the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19–20).

You may ask how teaching overseas fulfills the Great Commission. Isn’t that about sharing the gospel with those who do not know Jesus? It’s true that the Great Commission calls us to share the gospel. Yet, it calls for more than simply engaging in evangelism. Jesus instructs his followers to “make disciples…teaching them to obey all that [he] commanded.” So, teaching is part of fulfilling the mission that Jesus gives us. And one of the tremendous needs around the world is instruction in Bible, theology, and ministry. Those we teach are equipped to share what they learn with others (i.e. teach) and continue fulfilling the mission Jesus gave to his followers.

The team is part of Training Leaders International (TLI). This is an organization that is devoted to providing theological education for Christians around the world. In the United States we have amazing access to quality Bible study literature, a multitude of preachers, Christian conferences, and even affordable seminaries. Outside of our country, however, all these things are extremely hard to find. TLI is laboring to try and address the theological famine that is so prevalent around our globe. It is an honor to be asked to travel with their team and share with others what I have been blessed to learn.

Our family moved to Minneapolis in 2012 in order to attend Bethlehem College & Seminary (BCS). This move was made, in part, because we feel pursuing academic ministry is what the Lord would have for us. This is continually confirmed as the Lord provides numerous opportunities to teach and write. Traveling with two other BCS brothers provides yet another chance to engage in this type of ministry. Furthermore, this trip provides a chance to teach theology in a context that is in many ways starved for theological training!

However, traveling to Myanmar is not cheap. It requires resources that I honestly do not have. So, I am writing and asking you to partner with us as we engage the Kachin people in Myanmar. I am asking for prayer and financial support. What is needed in order to make this trip a reality is around $3,500. This money will be used to purchase plane tickets, cover food and lodging, and a number of other needs while we are in the country. It is a lot of money, but the Lord owns cattle on a thousand hills (Ps. 50:10). I am confident that he will provide the needed support. One means of God’s provision is financial partnerships. I am hoping that you would consider such a partnership.

So, there it is. On January 16–26 a team of men will travel to Myanmar to share with others what we have been fortunate to learn. In order for this to happen we are asking for people such as yourself to partner with us. I’m asking that you take some time to consider two things: 1) Committing to pray for the team as we travel and teach; (2) invest financially in the trip.

After you have prayerfully considered this request, if you would like to partner with us, you can contact me at jonathon.woodyard@gmail.com. If you are partnering financially you can mail your support directly to TLI. Simply write a check, indicate that the money is for Jonathon D. Woodyard and the Myanmar trip. Then mail to the following address: Training Leaders International, P.O. Box 310, Wheaton, IL 60187-0310

Thanks for reading and blessings to you as you consider partnering with us as we seek to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things, for the joy of all peoples, through Jesus Christ.

Surrendered,

Jonathon D. Woodyard

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