It's been a busy few weeks for TCM! Here in the United States we have attended the International Conference on Missions (ICOM), hosted Freddy, a TCM graduate from Czech Republic, and partnered with Truth at Work to present the premier leadership event "America's Best Hope." At Haus Edelweiss the academic year has ended and there are only a few in-country courses remaining before the end of 2015.
Focusing on the topic of "The Away Team, Strategic Living in a Post-Christian World" speakers at ICOM in Richmond, Virginia challenged us to be bold in our faith, adopting new strategies as we live as Christ-followers in a changing world, one in which Christians are the "The Away Team."
Bedrich Smola, a TCM graduate and church planter in Czech Republic came to Indiana and helped spread the word about TCM through a variety of meetings and gatherings in the Indianapolis metro area. Coming from the most atheistic country in the world, it was a blessing to hear how a relevant Jesus is being brought to a very post-Christian world. Thank you Lord for working through people like Bedrich!
Friday, November 13th was a special day with many business people gathering across the country and in Mexico to attend the premier leadership event “America’s Best Hope.” At Newbury Park First Christian Church, Newbury Park, CA, a TCM partner church and simulcast site, the overwhelming response of so many was that “this was great – a great day of inspiration from business leaders.” The business leaders who attended were often heard repeating the word “clarify,” referring to the importance of leaders helping those who work for them to have clear knowledge of expectations. Our thanks to Christ’s Church at Mason, Mason, OH, Compass Christian Church, Colleyville, TX, First Christian Church, Council Bluffs, IA, First Church of Christ, Burlington, KY, Jessamine Christian Church, Nicholasville, KY, Newbury Park First Christian Church, Newbury Park, CA, Poplar Creek Church, Bartlett, IL, and Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, Bloomington, IN for hosting simulcast sites!
As of this writing the Haus Edelweiss campus is quiet with only staff there. It has been a great academic year with many people taking classes and many people serving them. We are thankful for the short term workers, long term workers, and professors who served throughout the year. We couldn’t do it without you!
At the many in-country teaching sites they too are quiet. The final courses for 2015 will end within the next few days.
Scattered among those events we've also had the opportunity to visit with a number of TCM friends. We are grateful to have been invited to provide ministry updates and be a part of fellowship and worship with you.
While it may seem that things are quiet at TCM that is only the outward appearance. Behind the scene the Haus staff is preparing for the winter work crew in January and the 2016 academic year, short term workers and long term workers are making travel plans, and professors are reviewing their materials and beginning online portions of some of the classes.
We would invite you to join us in prayer throughout the winter months. While there have been many blessings in 2015 there is much to be done in 2016 as we are Taking Christ to Millions by Training Christians for Ministry!
Blessings on your journey,