Today was the "relaxed" day on our schedule. The first class began at 6:30 a.m. (not mine this time) and we finish tonight at 9:20 (my class), but the middle of the day was filled with worship, food and rest. The Internet connection is too slow to post a video of the singing to this blog but it was sweet. It worked on Facebook. Some of the men who are looked to as leaders of the group led the worship gathering in the hotel dining area. Doc Bearss brought a solid Bible message from 1 Thessalonians 2 and emphasized what it looks like to be a faithful pastor. This is much needed in a land where the television preachers are either frenzied, screaming Haitians or pretty-teethed American prosperity preachers promising health and wealth to those who learn their secrets. Role models. Grrr.
In addition to the content of our classes, the goal at HBI is to model a careful handling of Scripture. Religious fads and freakish frenzies eventually come up empty. Accuse us of not keeping up with evangelical fads, but there are some things that need not change. Try coming up with a new and exciting way to breathe. Jesus did say that His words are not going anywhere. So we teach these guys to plagiarize Jesus till the cows come home. It pleases Him.