“How will going through the book of Genesis help to disciple this man in what He needs to know about the Lord?” Stacey thought to herself. “Usually you start in John or something like that.”
Stacey Wyse has been teaching with Theological Education by Extension (TEE) for 12 years now. The goal of TEE is to teach and disciple pastors that cannot afford to go far away to attend Bible School. TEE enables them to stay home in their own villages or towns while attending courses.
“It’s Bible study, but it’s deeper than that because there’s tests at the end of every lesson and there are practical assignments as well. Part of doing TEE involves them going out to the villages and doing something with what they have learned as well.” shared Stacey.
A couple of pastors came to Stacey right before she was to teach a course on Genesis. “Many times pastors will bring people to visit so they can see what TEE is because they are very excited about it.” They told her about some men who had been part of a group of raskols (not pictured; raskols are similar to street gangs) that had come to know the Lord. There was one man in particular who they wanted to bring with them to the Genesis course. Stacey agreed but wondered how Genesis could be used to disciple this man. “Ok Lord, you know how,” she silently prayed.
A week later they started the Genesis course. It happened when they got to Genesis 1:26a.
“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.’” (Gen 1:26a ESV).
“This man, you could tell he was really emotional, he started talking and tears started going down his cheeks. He said, ‘If God has made women in His image that means I need to treat my wife differently!’”
The other men sitting in the room, they responded as well,
“Yeah, that means I need to treat my daughter differently.”
And “I need to treat my Aunt…”
“That means…” (etc.)
“For the next half hour, I watched them as they all did their own Bible study on that one verse. I just observed as the Holy Spirit moved in these pastors and this former raskol who had just given his life to the Lord. I was blown away as I thought to myself, ‘Ah that’s how God disciples through Genesis!’”
Months later Stacey went to a church commissioning service near Yonki Dam and this man was in the group attending. She noticed throughout the time at the service how well this young man treated his wife and children, how they interacted with smiles and laughter, and how his community had accepted him back in. “It was really exciting to see how God had moved and worked in and through this man.”
Please continue to pray for God’s Word to continue to impact the people of Papua New Guinea.