Today we welcome you into a classroom in Butembo, DRC where the lesson for the day is based around a scripture in Samuel:
The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. 4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.” 5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” 7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’
You are part of a class of 18 others who have come together to have an in-depth study of this text asking questions like “Who are the subjects in the text?” “What are the main things happening in this passage? "What are the important words spoken in this text?” The lesson is a simple evaluation of the text that grows the knowledge of these pastors that they will take back to their churches and communities.
The day ends and you go home. But the work continues as DRC country director, Denis, takes time to talk over how the day’s lesson went and how to reach deeper in knowledge the next time he teaches. He continues to work and perfect the next lesson to come. The flight it took to get the this class - which was the safer options while looting, kidnapping, and killings are happening on the ground - is not the thought in his head. His heart is for his students. And the congregations that will hear Truth from these pastors as a result of their studies day after day. He's a Nathan to a classroom of Davids. This is the work of the Lord. Thank you for being part of it.