I spent last week in Chisinau, Moldova teaching at Moldova Bible Seminary. This is a class of second and third year undergrads preparing for ministry in the church or out on the mission field. The class topic? The Book of Leviticus…in 5 days! Perhaps you can discern from the below photo that my students look reasonably excited…but this picture was taken on day 1…
I actually did get through the 27 chapters…and threw in the last 17 chapters of Exodus for good measure.
Why Leviticus? Well, for one thing it’s my favorite book of the Bible (that’s a topic for another post). But it addresses a very sobering question: How do you live out your faith in the presence of a HOLY God? I prepared my outlines and class discussions with that question in mind.
So when you read in Exodus 24:15, 16, 17 that when Moses “went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain…the glory of the LORD dwelt on Mount Sinai…the appearance…was like a devouring fire…”
And then in Exodus 40:34, 35, “…and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle…Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it…”, you’re dealing with something, or I should say SOMEONE quite different that anything or anyone ever encountered.
Quite simply, Leviticus tells you how to approach the “devouring fire” without getting devoured. My initial thought, and perhaps yours is, then why go near it at all?
Written by Rick Pierson, Executive Director of CompassGlobal
Over the next few posts Rick Pierson, Executive Director of CompassGlobal, will be sharing about a recent trip to Moldova. Despite having fertile soil, Moldova is one of Europe’s poorest nations. Many seek work in Europe leaving children to be raised by grandparents or in single parent homes. The country has a strong Orthodox history, but less than 4% of the population is Evangelical Christian. The nation also has deep political tensions as the country is divided between aligning with Europe or with Russia.
Please view this video and pray for Moldova. Be sure to check back, or subscribe to this blog so that you don’t miss seeing how, above all the challenges, God is doing a great work in Moldova!
On Sunday January 29th, The Compass Church commissioned Matt and Laura Pheneger and their three children. The Phenegers have served with Ambassadors Football since 2000, both in Spain and more recently in the US.This month the family will be moving to Peru, where Matt will have oversight for the organization’s work country wide. The vision of Ambassadors Football is, “Transformation of individuals and communities through indigenous football outreach.”
Commissioning is an opportunity for the church to pray for and affirm its commitment to missionaries it is sending out. Both Matt and Laura grew up at the Wheaton Campus, so it was especially significant to commission them from there.
Praise God for the Pheneger family and their obedience to serve where God has called them to go. Please pray for their transition to Peru and that God would use them for His Glory.