God is moving in incredible ways in Africa, Asia, and in Central and South America among Muslims, Hindus and others. His church is growing as people turn to the only One who can meet their deepest spiritual needs and restore hope in their lives. And God is also raising up national leaders and pastors to advance His kingdom while reaping a plentiful harvest and equipping believers to live Christ-glorifying lives. These nationals are passionate, full of energy, and want to serve the Lord with all their hearts.

They are ready and willing, but they desperately need support and proper training. According to a widely reported statistic, 85 percent of pastors around the world have no formal theological training! As a result, bad doctrine that is contrary to Scripture is widespread, and sound teaching is greatly needed. In 1 Timothy 1, the Apostle Paul strongly cautions against unsound doctrine and its ugly consequences. His desire, as he states in 1 Colossians 1:28 is “…admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom… we may present every man complete in Christ.”

That is why, with the help of supporters like you, we have been investing in the training of national leaders and pastors in Uganda, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, Thailand, and Guatemala. Some of them serve in places where opposition and even persecution puts them at risk. Many of our pastoral students travel long distances, even carrying their own mattresses at times, to participate in the training you help to provide.

I recall the first pastor training conference I participated in like it was yesterday. We were hosting trainings in Uganda, but there were pastors from neighboring countries as well.

I vividly remember one young pastor in the meeting, Eric, who travelled from Burundi on a bus for 18 hours to attend the conference. At age 25, when he came to know the Lord, he attended the Kampala Evangelical School of Theology. This is where the AMG Uganda offices are housed and where Dr. Reuben Musiime, AMG’s Uganda Director, was a principal for some years. He came there on faith and enrolled in the school even though he had no money to pay for his education. He eventually was gifted a much-needed scholarship to continue his training.

For months, while he was in school, he lived on 1,000 Ugandan shillings a day (about 40 US cents), which he earned by cleaning the AMG office. He would receive a daily meal of eggs, cassava root, and tea. But God was using him in powerful ways to draw people to a saving knowledge of Jesus and equip them for service.

There are many more like Eric who desire to be trained, and you can make that training possible. Christianity is growing tremendously in Africa, and Uganda is in deep need of trained pastors with sound doctrine. Will you prayerfully invest in the life of one or more of those pastors by partnering with AMG in their training? Your investment in one pastor will positively impact a local church and an entire community. Thank you for your partnership.

 

Tasos Ioannidis

 

 

President/CEO