Pastoral Counseling in Other Cultures

July 4, 2010

Indonesia to Tanzania

I’m headed for Tanzania, Africa in August and you can help.

Every August 35 pastors from around their country come to the capital city, Dar es Salaam, for a Pastors Conference.  A Dallas Seminary doctoral student whose native country is Tanzania organizes it.  This year, he asked for a track on Pastoral Counselor Training.  So following a week of teaching in Indonesia (sponsored by our church), I’m flying there to help train pastors to connect with the people in a practical and helpful way.

Here’s what I plan to teach (yes, it’s being translated into Swahili)

  • A five-session Strategic Pastoral Counseling Model.
  • How to Really Listen: the Critical Aspect of Effective Counseling
  • Forgiveness: the Road to Freedom
  • Suffering and Pastoral Counseling
  • Example: Reconciling a Marriage after an Affair

Then, we plan to take a “mini conference” (an additional two days) to the nearby island of Zanzibar to minister to the pastors there.

While about half of the country claims to be Christian, only a few universities are equipped to provide solid Christian teaching.  That’s why we feel the urgency for leadership training.

The total cost of this part of the trip will be about $3,000.  My church is handling the trip over there, but I need to raise these additional funds for the ministry in Africa and the trip back home.  Whether or not you can provide financial support, Please remember us in your prayers.

I would appreciate your prayerful consideration of this letter.  If you’d like to support me, please make checks payable to

East-West Ministries, Int’l.  Memo Line: “Dr. Lee Jagers Account #4052” and mail to: East-West Ministries, Int’l, P.O. Box 868050, Plano, TX 75086-8050.

Stay tuned for updates, most significantly insights about things we can learn from them.