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March 2014 News

A night of great insight in the shed

  • Written by  Shed Happens
Tim Lithgow with his wife, Sharon. Photo: Provided

February’s Shed Happens event was privileged to have Tim Lithgow, former Director of Wycliffe Bible Translators in Papua New Guinea, share some of his experiences and lessons learned throughout his life.

Shed Happens is a monthly event for men, and those present heard about Tim’s passion for Bible translation, including his reminder of how lucky we are in an English-speaking country to have such easy access to God’s Word in our own language.

Of the 4000+ languages around the world that still do not have a word of Scripture available (about 60% of all the world’s languages), over 400 are in PNG.

Tim also spoke about his burden for the development of capable, Godly leaders. He explained that too often, he sees gifted people become promoted into leadership, without being given specific training to function as a leader.

Another very crucial observation was Tim’s insight that, particularly in the Church, the Body of Christ has a key responsibility towards their spiritual leaders.

When Christians fail to pray for their leaders as Scripture commands, and neglect to love their leaders by providing them with support and accountability, it is all too easy for Church leaders to drift away from powerful beginnings, and the result is hurt for all who had been influenced by them.

Tim’s call for Christians to take responsibility for developing and supporting their leaders is certainly one to be heeded.

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