This past spring we announced the launch of our internship program in the Philippines. This program offers hands-on training and biblical education to youth in search of opportunities to grow in their capacity for ministry. I have been working with Nate Cameron and Shaun Galford—team members and instructors at the Institute for G.O.D. Int’l—and teaching assistants Irish Dagami and Rina Miller to facilitate the biblical education component of the internship.
The Biblical certification consists of two 7-week lecture series where the students are required to engage with the teaching and biblical text through homework assignments and tests. For the first session, the interns have been exploring the concept of covenant under the instruction of Nate. They watch the video recordings together as a class at Tahanan, submit their assignments, and then receive feedback from our team’s bible teachers. Below are a couple of excerpts from a recent assignment on what they have been learning:
Jairus Tumamak, SEA Agriculture Intern, reflects on Genesis 12 and the challenge it would have been for Abraham to leave his family and culture in obedience to God:
“Being obedient to God is a beautiful risk. I left a lot of things found in my culture specifically in my daily routine that I’m familiar with and also to my family. But I know that God will take care of my family. Through our Bible studies, it filled up my senses that helping people or being a blessing to others is important and for sure God will be happy for it.”
Sherelyn Campo, SEA Social Work Intern, offered the following reflection:
Every lecture that we listen to is a big help for me. God is so good that He always reminds us the importance of having a good and intimate relationship with Him.”
The interns are currently working on their homework from the fifth lecture. The final two lectures of the first session will explore covenant in Deuteronomy 27-28 and Jeremiah 31. Our next lecture series, taught by Shaun Galford, will introduce the interns to select themes in the New Testament. What a gift it is to learn God’s Word!