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MTM Partners With Heralds of Hope In Benin City, Nigeria

January 20-28, 2014 MTM partnered with Heralds Of Hope Inc. From Breezwood, PA to facilitate a pastoral leadership conference in Benin City, Nigeria. MTM provided one teacher and Heralds of Hope provided all the other teachers. Glenn & Rhonda Lauver from central PA and pastor at Lauvers Mennonite church was the teaching couple. Richard Swartzentruber from Delaware was the other teacher that Heralds of Hope provided.

The Ministry Teaching Team; L-R; Raymond Burkholder, Glenn & Rhonda Lauver & Richrd Swartzentruber

Yours truly represented MTM as a teacher. This was one of the more stretching experiences for me. The Burkholder’s were back in USA for Christmas so I facilitated this conference from USA rather than from Thailand. Therefore I came from extreme cold weather and snow in Pennsylvania to the heat and humidity of Nigeria Africa. Since we reside in Thailand the climate change normally is not a part of the stretching experiences.

The Full Pastoral Conference Group At Benin City

Nevertheless we had a good pastoral leadership conference in Benin City, Nigeria. There are many spiritual needs in this region of Nigeria. There are innumerable churches and pastors in Benin City. They are in dire need of discipleship teaching and training. My heart simply wept as I heard so many of their hearts seeking after the wrong things in ministry … with little to no burden to know the Lord & to make Him known. But at the same time I was greatly blessed by the proverb that pastor Sunday spoke in summarizing the conference. He said “rather than giving us a fish you gave us a net and a hook and told us to go and catch our own fish”. That really is what MTM is all about. 

Raymond Burkholder

Benin City Pastors Conference Photos


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