Posted by: Jack | September 8, 2014

And so we finally met …

Léon, Jack's colleagues and one of ETF's doctoral students presenting his research at the colloquium.

Léon, Jack’s colleagues and one of ETF’s doctoral students presenting his research at the colloquium.

We had corresponded and Skyped several times. We really looked forward to meeting one another. Students picked her up from Brussels airport in the midst of ETF’s annual study week for doctoral students (see picture). And so finally, last Tuesday evening, we met.  ‘Joss’, as she prefers to be called, is professor of practical theology in England, and she will be teaching a master-level course at the ETF on pastoral care. Students have expressed a desire for more training for this important ministry and this course will be a major building block.

Jack works with several Christian counselors in the wider area to provide practical training for students that is not part of the formal curriculum. Thus, in early November, the ETF will host an experienced Christian counselor for an entire day of training in how to counsel people who are involved in home violence (the victim, the guilty party or other family members and friends) which is an increasing problem — even among Christian families.

Almost 150 people joined the BMW conference. Notice the group of teens in all these missionary families - the future of missions?

Almost 150 people joined the BMW conference. Notice the group of teens in all these missionary families – the future of missions?

 

We look back to a full and fruitful summer. Jack spoke at a few conferences, we enjoyed some vacation time, and we helped organize the annual European field conference for our mission BMW. Now, it’s full steam ahead for teaching & research at the ETF, and serving in our local church (Jack as elder, very involved so far). We’re also concerned with care for our parents, who face some major health issues.

Thanks for praying with us. Click here for more up to date prayer requests.

In Christ, Jack and Pat Barentsen

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