The desire to know and obey the Word of God is in the heart of every true believer. The closer we are to Jesus, the more precious His Word is to us as well. Many missionaries have been drained dry by the constant demands of new believers with no Bible background who want to learn. Then, these missionaries return to the Lord in their Bible study times with blessed hearts but empty cups for the Lord to fill. There is no shortage of students among new believers who fall in love with the Lord. Teaching nationals, many of whom are preliterate primary oral learners, is overwhelming, challenging, and one of the most rewarding ministries ever known.
I regularly meet pastors, leaders, and church members all over the world who are pleading for someone to come and teach them. It is encouraging that the need for instruction rises from their own lips rather than from their hearers. Many men are struggling along in pulpits week by week and are painfully aware that they need biblical training and pastoral preparation. On one occasion in the banana fields of Ecuador, I was addressing a gathering of six pastors and leaders of rural village churches. I shared the basic Gospel message in a way that spoke of God’s holiness, man’s sinfulness, Jesus’ work to pay for our sin and give us His righteousness, and the requirement to repent and be born again. One pastor said, “I have never understood the Gospel so clearly before.” Another pastor repented of his sin and prayed to receive Christ as Lord and Savior!