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Ministry Training in Timor Leste

Three people from Sydney will visit Timor Leste between 1-8 December to share in a training ministry with the local church.

With local coordination from Daniel Marcal, we will run a training programme for 16 evangelists and nine pastors at Licquica west of Dili. The training will be focussed on the core skill of preparing and giving a Bible talk. In addition, there will be a session on cults and time for a synod meeting. Wilson Fernandes will arrive early to spend a weekend with the church in Dili and David Burke will have some consultations on behalf of APWM and PresAid before he departs for Singapore.

The team members are as follows:

  • DAVID BURKE: David has been a Presbyterian minister since 1979 and has served in Australia and Singapore. He has conducted mission ministries in Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. He last did ministry in Timor Leste in 2009. David is presently a full time lecturer at Presbyterian Theological Centre Sydney. He is married with three adult children and four grandchildren.
  • WILSON FERNANDES Jnr: Wilson has been a Presbyterian minister since 1992 and has served in Brazil, United States of America and Australia. He has planted churches, directed Christian camps for 11 years and taught missiology at the Presbyterian Seminary in Brazil. He has a Doctorate of Ministry Degree, Master’s Degree in Theology / Missiology, a Specialization in Advanced Christian Leadership and a Bachelor degree in Theology. Presently, Wilson is planting a church in Sydney among the Portuguese-speaking people. He last did ministry in East Timor in 2009. He is married and has two adult children.
  • YAS SHIMIZU: Yas is currently studying at the Presbyterian Theological Centre in Sydney.  He was born and raised in Japan.  He traveled to the USA after university graduation.  In the USA Yas studied English, IT, and also worked as sushi chef.  Yas returned to Japan in 2007.  He married an Australian and moved to Australia in 2010.  They have a two year old daughter.

Prayer points:

  • Trainers: for all preparations to be complete before departure for Timor Leste;
  • Local participants: to be able to get away for the training;
  • Local participants and team members: safety in travel and good health during the training;
  • The training: faithful and relevant teaching and good learning.
  • Daniel Marcal: effectiveness in coordinating on the ground arrangements
  • Synod meeting: to be a good time of encouragement, fellowship and decision-making.