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A Missionary’s “Free Time”

POSTED ON Aug 20, 2017 by Bruce Enemark

“On the Side”

For many of us, our lives consist of daily work, be it part-time or full-time work. Many of us also set aside some time each week to participate in a ministry in our church – maybe on a weeknight or at some time on Sunday. Steve and Donell Trostrud, missionaries in Papua New Guinea, are faced with an interesting dilemma: what do missionaries do for a side ministry when their full-time ministry is … ministry?

Stepping Out to Minister …

Since the Trostruds minister in an administrative role supporting church planting missionaries, they want that side ministry to be involved in a spiritual outreach. And they've found a way.

What better way to reach the unreached than to train young adults to take the gospel beyond their immediate communities? Steve and Donell have become involved in the Young Adult Group Study (YAGS) at their local church, teaching through the Firm Foundations materials in order to disciple them to be the future leaders in the church, the community and even the nation.

Young Adult Group Study Members

… To Teach Others to Minister

The goal of the Trostruds’ off-hour ministry is to help others become able disciplers. They said, “The interest throughout Port Moresby for the Firm Foundations material is staggering. … Those who go through the study want to learn how to teach this way, so Steve held two separate weeklong evening seminars to train teachers to take this message onward. … The teachers are eager to go and make disciples themselves around Port Moresby and beyond.”

Steve and Donell are embracing God’s leading to minister in their off-hours, and in the process, they are positioning young lives to go beyond their normal comfort zones. Pray for the Trostruds both in their full-time ministry and in their off-hour ministry.