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By Chris Phillips
Chris and Dawn Phillips and family
We thank the Lord for what He is
doing in the lives of the families
who have received Christ at Iglesia
Bautista Victoria (Victory Baptist
Church) in Charleston, South
Carolina. We recently concluded
a unique opportunity that was
presented to our church two years ago. The director of a local counseling center approached
us about piloting a biblical counseling training course in Spanish. The training includes
four courses, 20 lessons each, and covers topics such as Foundations of Biblical Counseling,
Dealing with Depression, Parent/Child Relationships, Eating Disorders, Christian Growth,
and The Sufficiency of the Scriptures in Counseling. It is designed to train leaders in local
churches to be able to be effective biblical counselors and resolve issues in their own lives, in
their families, and in the body of Christ.

Normally, a training course like this costs around $500 per person, but our church has been
allowed to take it at no charge. In return, we are revising the course notes, translating articles
and worksheets, and organizing the course layout so it can be used for other Spanish-
speaking churches both stateside and around the world. In reality, this type of counseling
course is intense discipleship on the heart level that deals with common hindrances to
spiritual growth. We have already seen the life-changing effects in some of our members.

Twenty of our church members and leaders completed the course in November 2017. There
is no doubt that God has a plan for our being allowed this amazing opportunity. Please pray
that God will raise up godly, biblical counselors from our church and that He will give us
the vision as to how He wants us to use this material to impact our community and beyond. W
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