I finished up the “Computers for Pastors” class in Soweto on Saturday. We spent the whole day covering the World Wide Web and Email.
I had a lot of fun showing them the blueletterbible.org, especially using the Greek to read through John 21.
He said to him the third time, “Simon, [son] of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.”
On the first reading, you completely miss the meaning. Why was Peter grieved? The English makes it seem like it is because Jesus asked three times, however if you go through the Greek, even without knowing what each word means, you will catch a lot more. If you look at v.15 and v.16 you will see that each time Jesus asks He uses agapaeo and Peter answers with phileo. Then in v.17 Jesus changes the question. That is what grieved Peter.
Seeing the ease with which they could access so much information really opened some of their eyes. I could see how excited they were. Especially Pastor Edward, who is the head of the Bible school, he is studying for his masters. Cybercafes are everywhere, and while none of these pastors have a lot of money, they are not out of reach for a few hours per week.
We also covered email, and I walked each student though setting up an webmail account, then logging in and sending me an email. I tried to respond quickly to each one, so they could see a reply. Below are my favorites of the ones I received.
thank you brother paul for teaching us the computer may god the almighty bless you abundandly i kindly ask you to come again another time and teach us more about the computer .thanks so much.
prs god bro may god bls u so much 4da u did 2 me 2day’
Praise God you are so helpful to me, through you i have learned something very important. may God bless you
Dear Paul i take this orppotunity to thank you for your tireless effort and sincere heart and not forgeting the much time you have invested in for teaching us how to use acomputer.
thankyou very much and God bless and your family.
Thank you for taking your time to take us through the computer class. The Lord bless u and your family richly.
Dear Br Paul,
What a wonderful opportunity with you br Paul for having accepted to come and train our bible school students.
We do appreciate your warm heart and commitment to the Lord’s work.
It is amazing what we have just learnt right from Kawwngware to Soweto.
Br Paul we may have nothing to give back but let our good God remember you and your dear family.
Pass our regards to your wife Cami and your two sons Peter & Andrew.
On behalf our the Systematic Bible Institute of Kenya.
I truly am blessed as so many of the students asked of the Lord.