CLEAR AND CONCISE: A TIMOTHY LEADERSHIP TRAINING STORY
By Pastor Byron Aguilar
I have had the privilege to bear witnessed how the great love of God´s being poured over all people without exceptions. No matter if you’ve one side of the Law or the other. God always come to us with mercy, particularly over the people who have a deep desire of Him.
I’ve also been witnessing that the process of unity in the body of Christ is not impossible, but possible. More so, it should be a goal through the lives and work of our leaders. When I received the invitation by The Center for Transforming Mission –CTM- Guatemala to serve as a facilitator for the Timothy Leadership Training, a program that empowers local Pastors in the work of serving their communities, I said to myself that a good goal will be –amongst other things- to coordinate “godly encounters” with the participants. But, even in my wildest dreams, I never thought that God was going to do the things we’ve been experiencing. Particularly, because the participants of the trainings have been rivals or enemies (in other words) for long time.
God had something more beautiful in mind: Members of the Guatemalan Police Fore and ex-gang members now Pastors of local churches are teaching us how that unity looks like. It has been something THAT “spiritual”, that we’ve been able to see and interact in the fellowship, the relationships; we’ve even had the blessing of playing soccer together (which can only happen if we’re friends). All that has helped us see how unity can be lived on a daily basis.
We are still half way of the road. But, if this is what we’ve seen half-way, I can’t wait to know what’s the other half!
Byron Aguilar is the Senior Pastor of Christian Church “Rhema”, Director of Cross Road Bible Institute in Guatemala City, Chaplain at the Police Force and Penitentiary System; he’s a wonderful friend and mentor. We’ve learned a lot from him… still are.