International Ministries

New Beginnings at the Bible Institute

November 3, 2010 Journal
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We started our new school year at the Bible Institute in Kimpese with a retreat for students and faculty members, on the theme "Rise and Shine, for your light has come!" from Isaiah 60:1.  Two days of messages, small group discussions and prayer were climaxed by a hike to our nearby waterfall and an agape meal.
Here's a profile of our student body: Sixteen student pastors are enrolled, all men, eleven in second year and five in first, ranging in age from 25 to 58, all married except two: one single and one widower.  They have an education at least equivalent to the sophomore year of high school.  Among their wives, who study in the Women's School, one has a high school diploma in education, one finished her freshman year, and several never made it past third grade.  The others are somewhere in between, and many of them can't read.  But they are enthusiastic about entering the ministry with their husbands, and we are hopeful that they will soon be reading and writing fluently.  Several families have very small children, and we've opened a nursery for the smallest ones.  The older ones attend preschool, elementary or high school at the center.
I'm teaching church history, missiology, introduction to research methods, and English at the Bible Institute, French to the women, and I'll soon start teaching Ethics at the Protestant University of Kimpese, which shares buildings on the campus.
Thanks for your faithful prayers and support which enable me to be here, ministering to student pastors and their families.  The director, Pastor Ruben Mumpasi, and I are the only full-time faculty members.  Donations to my "specifics" account pays a small premium to the pastors and teachers who serve as part-time professors.

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