Thank you to all who have been praying for the students in Himo. By God’s grace our small catechism class has gone very well, and we are even in the rare position of being on schedule! We spent all of last week on the Ten Commandments and the Apostles’ Creed, and this week we will continue on to the Lord’s Prayer, Baptism, Confession, and Sacrament of the Altar.
This past week I have developed a renewed appreciation for the wonderful simplicity and clarity of CPH’s Small Catechism with Explanation (translated into Swahili by the Lutheran Heritage Foundation). Its format of question, answer, and Scripture has been very useful to the students, and its hundreds upon hundreds of bible citations provide doorways to Scripture for further study on every teaching. A theme the students and I have repeated to one another many times over the past week is that it does not matter what the popular local preachers say or what our common sense says; what matters is what the Word of God (Swahili: Neno la Mungu) says. “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God stands forever,” and that Word is shaping these young men for ministry.