- For God to bring the right team members for the trips this year.
- For the location, planning, and preparation of the conferences with the purpose to
expand God's Kingdom and strengthen the churches.
- For specific topics and the leading of the Holy
Spirit in all we do.
- For our friends and partners in Africa: Alfred, Amos L., Dieudonne, Martin, Mbusa.
For God to provide for
them, and guide them also as they plan and invite church leaders from
- Pray for our partners in Costa Rica: Timothy, Philip,
and David Jones, as
they are translating the Bible into the Cabecar language, as we work
with them in producing discipleship materials for the Cabecar Indian
pastors, and in the planning of training conferences.
- For peace in Congo.
- For the believers to keep the faith and expand God's Kingdom.
- For continued fruit from the conferences last year.
- For God to provide for us.
- For God's wisdom and direction.
- For God's protection.
Thank you to our board members at Equip Disciples for their counsel,
support, and encouragement throughout the years! Joe
Friberg- Pres. and Treasurer; Jennifer Carson- Vice Pres.; Tammie
Friberg- Sec.; and members: Brad Scott; Mark Carson; Cheryl Allovio;
Jeff Caffey; and Phyllis Hardy.|
Consider serving with Equip Disciples this year!
Visit our Website
New resources under
- HIV/AIDS booklet has been posted
in English and Swahili
- Theological Discipleship manual in English
has been updated
Let all mortal flesh keep
Christ our God to earth descendeth...
As with ceaseless voice they cry,
God Most High.
--ancient 4th century Greek hymn; cf.
Equip Disciples Ministry
Please read through our needs below, and consider giving a gift to help us
in ministry this year.
*We have a special gift of
appreciation for donations of $100
see details below!
Theological Discipleship Materials.
Get One/Give One. $5 per book
These materials are ones we teach from in all of
our conferences. Each church leader is given one to take notes from and use
in their own ministries. They are useful in literate and illiterate
settings, and for people of all ages and spiritual maturity. To help
out our printing costs, we are now offering our Theological Discipleship
Manual for sale here in the States. These manuals are excellent references
for parents to teach their children a Biblical worldview; for self and group
study; and for church leaders who are working in 3rd world countries.
Consider buying one for yourself and donating the cost to print one for a
pastor in Africa or Costa Rica. We need around 600 for our conferences this
summer. We have English, Swahili, Kinyarwanda versions available, and a
condensed version in Spanish.
Get your own Theological Discipleship Manual for
$5 plus shipping (starting at $2.38). Get one for a pastor in Africa or Costa Rica
for an additional $5 donation.
You may order on-line at
Bibles for Pastors and Church Leaders.
$20 for each study Bible
This year we will be leading around 4 conferences for church leaders in
Africa and Costa Rica. At each conference we give the pastors and
church leaders study Bibles. In most cases, these pastors and church leaders
do not have study Bibles, and some of them do not own their own Bible. In
fact, there are whole congregations which do not have Bibles. Consider
giving a Bible for a pastor or church leader in need. This year we hope to
give out around 600 Bibles. We purchase and distribute these Bibles while we
are in Africa.
Self-Sustaining Café for Former Child Soldiers
in DR Congo. $947
As you know, two years ago we led a youth camp for former child soldiers who
were being reintegrated into civilian life in the city of Goma, DR Congo.
All 40 of the youth came to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. After this
time, some of them could not return to their homes either because there were
no longer family members alive, or because people feared them and would kill
them. They were also in danger of being captured once again by rebel
groups and forced to fight, or to be killed for leaving. In fact, some
of these boys after we left, were recaptured and later escaped. Some,
we do not know what has become of them. As a ministry, we have been
supporting the boys who escaped for two years, providing clothing,
shelter, and schooling. We are trying to set up a cafe for them so that they
can be self-sustaining and learn some business skills. We are doing this
with the help of our partner ministry there in Congo, Beyond the Bridge
Tammie and Joe Friberg with one of the former child soldiers who has come
to know Jesus in DR Congo.
Starting an Equip Disciples Printshop/Bookstore in Nairobi, Kenya.
This summer we are planning to start a print shop in
Nairobi so that we can print our materials cheaper and have a place to offer
them to churches across East and Central Africa. Discipleship materials are
scarce in most parts of Africa, and very expensive. We hope to be able to
offer discipleship materials for little cost to the people. We will also
offer other types of resources there such as Bibles and study guides.
Thank You for your Support!
We value your help in our ministry. All donations
postmarked by December 31 will count for 2009. We will be issuing
year-end statements to contributors shortly after the close of the year. We cannot do any of the
conferences without your support and prayers. Every little bit helps us to
achieve the opportunities God has placed before us. May God's
blessings and the warmth of His presence be with you this Christmas season
and through-out the year.
While Supplies Last, we will send
everyone who donates $100 or more to Equip Disciples, a bar of homemade
organic hand soap made from goats milk and essential oils, along with a copy of our Discipleship Manual. This soap was
donated by a friend who makes it, and is very good for your skin.
Equip Disciples is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry.
All donations are tax-deductable.
Equip Disciples News
several people who attended our summer conferences went back to their
hometowns to lead a training conference for others. The picture to the
right is of a
conference held in East Africa for Baptist Church pastors in one city.
on a Spanish Theological Discipleship translation for use in Costa Rica.
Plans are to work with a Cabecar artist to illustrate the Theological
Discipleship materials for use among Cabecar Indians in the rainforests of
Costa Rica. We are starting with a Spanish translation, later to be
translated into Cabecar. We have had other requests for a Spanish version,
so we are working to complete this task.
on a Chinese and African French Theological Discipleship Manual translation for future use.
Please pray for volunteer teachers for our conferences in
Africa and Costa Rica.
Planning meetings begin Sunday, January 31 at the Friberg's house
1010 Loch Lomond Dr., Arlington, TX 76012 (see
details). You can also contact
Church Leadership Conferences in the works:
- East and Central Africa, 3 different locations (July 2010)
- Costa Rica (TBA)
- Possibilities: Kenya; DR Congo; Rwanda; Ghana
Volunteer Personnel needed: Seasoned Bible teachers who have a love for
study and communicating; HIV/AIDS awareness teachers; computer PowerPoint &
Bible Software teachers; other special church topic teachers; General
workers-greeters, registration, logistics; trip Administrative Assistant.
Requirements: immunizations; preparation meetings; travel insurance;
Volunteer Cost: estimated at $3,200
Basic Information: Conferences last from 8 to 5 each day, and in the
evenings we pray and share together from the Word of God and the days
experiences. We typically stay in a hotel or guest house in a large city. We pay
careful attention to security issues in each country. Volunteers must be active
in their local church and have gifts in the area of service where they want to
You may fill out a volunteer application form at
Rev. John Stroud, Pastor of Discipleship at Old Dominion Baptist
Church in Bristow, VA, has served as a teacher in SE Asia and has an
counseling/ discipleship ministry in SE Asia. John served with Tammie on a team in Minnesota and
Wisconsin through the Baptist Student Ministry while they were both in college.
Guest article by Rev. John Stroud
Unfortunately, I often define myself, not only by my past sins, but
also by my past wounds and successes. Sometimes the failures of my past
shape my identity and I see myself as a pervert, a narcissist, a liar, a
Pharisee or a gossip. The enemy loves it when I drag my failures
forward, and he's all too willing to add his two cents to the
discussion. He's also happy when I look at my successes to define
myself. He is a major proponent of the "I am what I do and how well I do
it" philosophy. Allow a success or two- even in the area of victory over
sin- to happen, and it's not long before I'm seeing myself as an
excellent counselor, a gifted singer, an anointed preacher or a clever
IT guy. All or none of these things may be true, but they NEVER define
me! What I do is NOT who I am! When my wounds, hurts and losses rise up
to become a theme in my thinking, I can fall into the pattern of
believing that I am defined by them- I am a victim. I am detestable to
others. I'm not a real man. Blah, blah, blah! Again, I am not defined by
the wounds of my past! They are a historical fact, but they don't say a
thing about who I am!
To find my identity, you have to look at whose I am. I belong to God. He
is my creator and my Father. I am His precious son. I have been brought
out of death into life, out of darkness into light. He has given me the
righteousness of Jesus. He has "removed" my sins from me and has raised
me to walk in newness of LIFE. This is the supreme reality of my life
and the source of my identity.
I must continually remind myself where Identity comes from and what Papa
says of me. The key to believing this truth is hearing it from Him over
and over again. As I know and love Him, I become more and more convinced
of His love. He shapes my will, aligning it with His own and empowers me
with the very life of Jesus to do that will!
Have a Merry Christmas!
Pay attention to the ministry you have received in the
Lord, so that you can accomplish it.
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