March or June 2010
- 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.
- Pray for the start of our print shop and bookstore to provide
resources for our conferences.
- Pray for the start up of a self-sustaining café to be run by former child
soldiers in DR Congo.
- 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 they finish
up the New Testament, 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
*** Change of Date! ***
Monday February 15, 7:00 pm
Location: Friberg's house
1010 Loch Lomond Dr., Arlington, TX 76012.
Come find out about how God may use you in
- DR Congo Former Child Soldier Bible
Conference/Business Seminar - March or June
- Kenya East Africa Conference I - June or July
- Rwanda East Africa Conference II - June
- Kenya Costal Conference I - June
- Kenya Costal Conference II - July
- Costa Rica and Ghana conferences - TBA
Volunteer Personnel needed: HIV/AIDS awareness teachers; computer
PowerPoint & Bible Software teachers; other special church topic
teachers; General workers-greeters, registration, logistics; trip
Accountant/Administrative Assistant. Seasoned Bible teachers who have a love for
study and communicating; photographer; Youth Bible study leaders.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You may
download a volunteer application
Note: all dates and locations are tentative and subject to change in the
They were strengthening the hearts of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in
the faith, and saying, "Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of
2009 at a Glance
- 3 Discipleship Conferences (Kenya, Rwanda, Costa Rica)
- Over 100 decisions to follow Jesus as Lord and Savior
- 325 pastors and church leaders trained
- 127 Youth Discipled
- 40 Youth decisions to follow Jesus
- 100 Bible commentaries distributed
- 250 Bibles distributed
- 350 Discipleship training materials distributed
- 13 child soldiers who have made decisions for Christ housed, fed,
- New translations of theological discipleship manual in Kinyarwanda,
Spanish, and 2nd edition in Swahili
- Training in HIV/AIDS counseling; discipleship for all ages;
children's Sunday School workshop; computer skills; preaching; missions;
Bible Translation; evangelism training
- Provided food, clothing, and pans for cooking for refugees in
eastern war-torn DR Congo
Consider giving a one-time gift, or sign up to give automatically each
month. See prayer requests listed to the left.
*We have a special gift of
appreciation for donations of $100
or more--see details below!
Equip Disciples Printshop / Bookstore in Nairobi,
To provide printing and distribution of materials in East Africa.
Café for Former Child Soldiers in DR Congo
To provide self-sustaining support for ex-child soldiers' training and
school fees and daily needs. $1350 needed.
Thank You for your Support!
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.
Lasting Fruit: Teaching Theology in the
Jack Clifford leading a college
Bible study, 1984
by Tammie Friberg
Having a couple of teenagers in our home has made me think of the things
that greatly influenced my spiritual life as a youth. There were two.
One was having a pastor who taught theology from the pulpit on Sunday
evenings. I don't mean he mentioned theological concepts from time to
time. I mean he taught us some of the major doctrines of the Bible by
going through them and studying the supporting Scriptures. This was
a negative or boring thing to me. I was 15
years old and I went every Sunday because I wanted to--I
loved Sunday evenings!
Understand that this kind of teaching
had lasting value to me.
I wanted to know what the Bible taught on these subjects, and I wanted
to know what I believed and why. I wanted to be able to defend my faith,
and to share my faith with others; and I wanted to grow strong in my
faith. Looking back at my spiritual growth at the time, I believe there
is a connection between growing in the knowledge of God and spiritual
growth. Paul knew this because he prayed that believers would grow in
the knowledge of God.
These teachings reach down to me today, and have formed much of what I
desire to see in churches across the world. In psychologically-influenced America
though, the focus is often on what is
entertaining and what meets people's immediate needs. It's all about,
"Me." And there is an apathy about learning. Some people have
even replaced God's ways with the teachings found in psychology books.
The problem is: people want to have knowledge about themselves--and
they believe this will help them with whatever problems they face.
But what about the knowledge of God and following His ways? If we leave out
the teaching of theology and only focus on immediate needs, how
are we going to have a strong church foundation from which to serve God
in ministry and missions? How are we going to
have people in our church who are not blown about by every wind and wave
of false teaching? How are we going to have people in church who are
living in God's ways morally and spiritually? How can we truly plant
mission churches with a solid foundation,
if we don't have a solid foundation ourselves?
The other great influence in my
growing spiritual life was an in-depth Youth Bible study held in someone's
home every Tuesday night. The youth formed this study themselves,
and sought out a very grounded teacher named Jack Clifford. Jack
taught us through different books of the Bible, verse by verse. He
taught us some of the Greek words, the historical
backgrounds, he taught us theology, and he made application to our
everyday lives. Every week we would sing, recite Scripture, and study together.
That study impacted everyone who came. Close to ninety-five percent of those who
attended are in ministry today! Jack believed in teaching to the
strong, and holding up a high standard of Bible study along with
application. And he prayed for us every day. My husband, Joe, also came to this study. I didn't realize
until later how very rare it was to have these great influences in my
One of the greatest challenges any of us face
is to build a solid foundation in the lives of those God has put under
our care, whether these people are our own children, our Sunday School
members, people in our congregation, or Bible study participants.
Include theology and depth in your teaching. I like to put it like
this...Provide something for everyone to eat--no matter their spiritual
level of understanding.
But grow in the grace and knowledge
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
(2 Peter 3:18--HCSB)
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