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Nicaraguan clergy study New Testament Greek

October 5, 2015 No Comment
Rev. Brian Dunlop teaching Greek in Chinandega, Nicaragua.

Rev. Brian Dunlop teaching Greek in Chinandega, Nicaragua.

NICARAGUA – Clergy in the Lutheran Church Synod of Nicaragua are preparing for their second course on New Testament Greek, set to take place this coming November.

This year’s course builds on lessons first begun in November 2014. At that time, twenty-five pastors and vicars gathered at the Mission Center in Chinandega to study New Testament Greek for the first time. Rev. Brian Dunlop from Faith Lutheran Church in Desboro, Ontario led the men through the basics of New Testament Greek over the course of one week.

Nicaraguan students pose with their personal copies of the Greek New Testament.

Nicaraguan students pose with their personal copies of the Greek New Testament.

As the students learned the language, they were encouraged to apply their newfound knowledge in ministering to others. The proper use of Law and Gospel for preaching and teaching was a big emphasis. Each of the pastors and vicars were very proud to receive their own copy of the Greek New Testament for continuing study and use at home—a gift made possible through the donation of many donors in Canada and the United States.

The class was challenging to teach, Rev. Dunlop noted. He was teaching on Greek while speaking in English. All the while, a capable and patient translator had to bring his words into Spanish. Despite the challenges, the students eagerly responded to this class with full attendance and insightful questions. One gifted pastor even sang for the class on the last day, using Greek words that he had learned as part of his song.

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