This year marks the 20th anniversary of Ta Ethne. From humble beginnings in 1995 using Prodigy dial-up to start what was then called Discernment Ministries to partnerships across the globe, God has blessed us with many opportunities. We started by offering Personal Investigative Bible Studies free to any who wanted one and writing articles on the dangers of heresies in the church. Growth was slow and while many audio and written resources were produced and distributed we seemed to struggle just to stay afloat. 2004 saw the lowest point of our existence. Grand were the plans that year, with the biggest being a Bible Institute. Courses were prepared, instructors lines up, a building secured and a launch date was set. An online option was offered and we enrolled our first students from India. Then the wheels came off one by one, the institute never materialized, and we had to see where we missed God’s leading.
From that soul searching moment came 2005 and a new direction began. A trip to East Asia unexpectedly led us to work with the underground church and started a partnership that is still running. That was followed by training opportunities in Malaysian churches and the rest was history. Books started to be written and made available, speaking engagements started happening and our role of helping to train church leaders across the globe was cemented.
A couple years ago we relaunched with the name Ta Ethne, feeling it better fit our purpose. A move to the Southeast US was also accomplished and new resources continue to be developed. God willing, in the coming year, we will begin production on an audio version of The 180 Project and begin work on some new resources.
Continue to lift us up in prayer as we look forward to serving another 20, 30, 40 years or longer. Partner with us and spread the word. Have us come for a seminar or conference or help donate so we can continue to offer resources free to churches in other countries. We have invitations to go and speak in India and the Philippines and simply are waiting for the funds to come in. God has blessed us these many years and we are confident He will continue to bless us in the future.
Recently, followers of Ta Ethne have read posts of our impending relocation. While details are still being worked out, the opportunity we have to expand our ministry is something to be celebrated. Our partners know of the tremendous changes that have already taken place in the last 10 months. When we founded this ministry in 1995 under the name Discernment Ministries it quickly flourished as we made audio bible studies and personal investigative bible studies available worldwide. In 2004 we attempted an ambitious expansion that unfortunately failed – the launching of the short lived Montana Institute of Theology. While we had overseas students who enrolled and took classes over the internet, local classes never developed. We had the classroom space donated, qualified teachers volunteered (many of them experts in their field) but whether the timing was wrong or for other reasons only God knows the venture failed.
In 2005 we turned our attention to training church leaders overseas, primarily in SE Asia, and the response was overwhelming. To this day we have more requests to come and hold training seminars than we can financially do. God has blessed us tremendously in developing long term relationships flourish and churches started across the globe that we have had a part (albeit small) in.
In 2010 we began writing books to complement our bible studies, and dedicated ourselves to using any proceeds to fund overseas trips. To make sure we didn’t get prideful over money, we also promised to give away two books free for every one we sold. As God has blessed, we have given away over 2,500 books to Christians all across the world via e-books. Each month we place a resource free on Kindle for people to download as well.
In 2012 we re-launched under the name Ta Ethne to reflect our growing involvement in the world, among all peoples. Our ministry has followers from each inhabited continent and many in countries where Christianity is oppressed and afflicted. Almost 100 countries are represented among our correspondence. Truly we are reaching across the globe and that is due to the power of God.
Now, in 2013, we are relocating to the eastern US, where we will be closer to international airports, which will reduce costs for trips and allow us to speak to more churches. While Montana has been very conducive to allowing us the solitude to work on projects, it is quite a bit isolated in other regards. Many churches and people have requested training seminars but the travel costs have been prohibitive. With a relocation, we can be better stewards and reach even more people.
We are celebrating this time, even though it is stressful and busy. To see how God has grown the ministry over the years is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Only He could have opened the doors for us. Just since Easter, we have ministered to leaders from Peru to Korea, Angola to Latvia. How wonderful to see God bless us and direct us.
About the one failure, the short lived Bible institute? It isn’t completely a failure. It may be in a short while that it becomes a web institute to be accessible to even more people than we could ever have dreamed. God takes our mistakes, teaches us lessons and directs us in His will. What a gracious and merciful God we serve. Celebrate with us as we plan for even greater things in His service.
Ta Ethne’s free downloadable resources are now available. Each study will be posted in PDF format. We hope that these studies will assist you in digging deep into God’s Word. Feel free to copy and use it for our personal bible study or group study. May they help you spread the good news of God’s Kingdom throughout the world.
Dominos: A Commentary on Jude Introduction
Dominoes – A Dynamic Commentary on Jude Chapter 1 plus Study Guide
Commentary on Jude Chapter 2
Chinese Edition of Is Jesus Enough?
2 Peter Study
Getting The Most From A Sermon
This month will, God willing, see downloadable resources available for our readers use. Both from this site, and from our sister site, http://www.discernmentministries.webs.com, there will be bible studies added on various topics. Sometime in the middle of August, we will make available, free of charge, a Kindle version of our newest book, A Heart Hungry for Worship for a week. When we get firm dates we will post them. If you do not have a Kindle device, you can download a PC version free from Amazon to use on your home computer or laptop. A PDF copy can be emailed also during that time to overseas friends.
More podcasts of sermons and studies will be posted also. We have been asked about posting video teachings and we will be looking into that for later in the fall. When that becomes available it will be posted on our sister site, which has the capability of storing video.
As you can see, it is going to be a busy August. Will you pray about becoming a monthly partner to help us as we grow? Donations are accepted on our sister site. Commit to praying for us and share our podcasts and resources with friends.
Thank you so much for all the support and feedback we have received. May God get the glory and have His word spread to all peoples.