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Training goes virtual, crosses continents


GEMUNDEN WEILROD, Germany — A church-owned campsite in this forested German village sat empty for this year’s Advanced Bible Study Series, which began in 1968 and brought believers together for an intensive dive into Scripture.

Dan WiebInstead, members of Churches of Christ from across Europe, Canada and the U.S. gathered online for the series. 

Jaro Marcin, regional director for Eastern European Mission and member of the Church of Christ in Prague, Czech Republic, spoke on “Lessons learned from the Teacher (Qoheleth)” in Ecclesiastes. 

Patrick Boyns, principal of the British Bible School in England taught from Ezekiel. Craig Young, a missionary in Marseille, France, spoke on “Ephesians: A Unity Beyond All We Could Ask Or Imagine.” Todd Olsen of Oklahoma City presented lessons on “Two Tools and a Ready Answer” that focused on how Christianity answers the questions of origin, purpose and destiny that all world religions attempt to answer.

A guest speaker for the series was 94-year-old Dan Wieb, who logged into the seminar from Dauphin, Manitoba, where he once served as president of Western Christian College, a former ministry training school in Canada associated with Churches of Christ.

“Some might see it as the highlight of the week,” said coordinator Paul Brazle, a missionary in Belgium, of Wieb’s participation of the event from a continent away.

Filed under: Churches of Christ Germany International News

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