Does our training work?

What evidence do we have that our training is working? We had six people (two Americans, two Burmese, and two Congolese) for most of the year in our first class that began in July 2017.

One of the Americans decided that he wanted to attend seminary and is currently a full-time student in seminary. The other American is in language training preparing for missionary service in Chad.

One of the Burmese, said during class one day, “my people don’t understand the Holy Spirit. I need to return to tell my people about the Holy Spirit.” Since graduation, he has returned to Burma to tell his people about the Holy Spirit. The other Burmese could no longer make his schedule work to attend each day, but he finished five of our ten classes.

The two Congolese were from the same Swahili speaking Congolese church that had only been planted about a year before classes began. One of the Congolese was instrumental in helping to begin the church and was a leader, and the second one was its pastor. Since graduation, that church has grown significantly.

We had fifteen people in our second graduating class in June 2019. We are researching how the training has impacted them and their ministries.

Our First Student Orientation

On July 26, we had a New Student Orientation that was attended by new students, Board members, faculty, and mentors.

Those seated left to right: Dave Lambert (board member and faculty), Leonard Mkossa( student), Lori Smith (student), Michelle LeBlanc (student), Tim Carrigan (faculty)
Back row standing: Hang Thang (new student), Gene Smarr )faculty), Mang Pau (student), Will O’Kelley (student), James Amar (board member and faculty), Balongelwa Mlumba (student), Bobby Kazanski (faculty), Terry Sparks (Exec. Dir. and faculty)