Thank you for your support of Crosslinks Study Partners. At the end of May we were able to offer 13 new bursaries.
Peter Njoroge Kimani will be studying the two-year Master of Arts in Biblical Studies course at Africa International University in Nairobi. Peter writes, ‘Some of the churches in my area are not very healthy. Many are being deceived by the prosperity gospel and the Word of Faith movement - there is a huge need for people to proclaim the gospel faithfully. There is also a gap in discipleship work. Young believers need teachers who will ground them in the scriptures and we need to train more people for this task. Faithful preaching and discipleship require a better understanding of the scripture, which I hope to have at the end of my studies.’
Peter will train young people on iServe’s TransformD Discipleship programme and serve in church pastoral leadership.
Innocent Manirafasha is studying the South African Theological Seminary’s distance learning Master of Theology course from his home in Kigali, Rwanda. ‘We have many people in our churches here and new churches are being planted. But there is a clear absence of biblical preaching, discipleship and bible training for church leaders. That makes the Church in Rwanda very shallow and the lives of the believers often unchanged and unproductive. My desire is to equip young graduates for gospel work by setting up an evangelical training school. This will need an accredited theological programme, since the law for religious institutions in Rwanda makes it mandatory for every pastor to have a qualification. The course I am on now will enable me to be a teacher of church leaders and new church planters.’
In Togo, Daniel Gmabe is enrolled on the three-year Batchelor of Theology course at the West Africa Advanced School of Theology in Lomé. As an assistant pastor in Ministry of Jesus International Church, Daniel is training to become better equipped for church leadership and church planting.
Studying the three-year Batchelor of Theology course at the Uganda Baptist Seminary in Jinja, Gerald Ludhaba will go on to train others for bible teaching and mission, targeting unreached communities. ‘I began a bible-teaching class for members of my own church, but realised that I needed more training and materials myself to equip them effectively for faithful teaching.’ Gerald will be working with Gospel Link Afrika.
Engaged in the year-long Diploma in Expository Ministry at Proclamation Institute Zambia, Jane Kumwenda is being trained for evangelism and discipleship. She writes, ‘There is a need for a spiritual awakening in my church, especially to prayer and evangelism. Good doctrine is preached but people’s hearts are still hard. Many are too occupied with their own businesses and not the Lord’s.’
Timothée Ballin will be studying degree-level theology at Faculté Jean Calvin in Aix-en-Provence, France as he takes on the role of full-time GBU regional staff worker in Marseille. Timothée will be supervising GBU groups in cities around the Mediterranean region as they train, mentor and encourage Christian students to be witnesses on campus and help non-believers discover Christ.
Also with GBU France, Joanna Ong will be engaged in a year-long intensive programme at the Faculté Libre de Théologie Évangélique in Vaux-sur-Seine. Joanna will be the GBU Regional Co-ordinator for south-west France, overseeing local staff workers and training student leaders in bible teaching. She writes, ‘I need to have a solid foundation in my own faith and theology to reach out to non-believers in our weekly bible studies and other events.’
Igor and Renata Mudri are enrolled on the four-year Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies at the Baptist Theological School, Novi Sad in Serbia. Igor is assistant pastor in a newly-planted church with 25 members in a city district of 400,000 residents. Supported by his wife, Renata, they are keen to see the church grow.
At Abuja Bible College, Nigeria, there are four new students taking the one year Expository Preaching course. Ashiru Ayuba Dannomau, Samson Adamu, Inuwa Lawan Galadima and Moses Ifor will start in August 2019.
Please pray for those who have completed courses in the last couple of months and will be beginning to serve in churches, bible colleges and other Christian organisations:
Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky, USA Masters in Theology Ramkumar is returning to the faculty and leadership of the Nepal Ebenezer Bible College in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Munguishi Bible College, Arusha, Tanzania Diploma in Theology Avord is serving the church in the ACT Diocese of Victoria Nyanza.