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.
Student Testimony Leonard
Our First Classes Start
We began classes on July 31 with seven new students present including 2 men from the Democratic Republic of Congo and two from Myanmar (Burma).
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)
I am happy to report that we have added additional students for a total of eight. This is a solid start toward our prayer goal of 12 students when we begin classes July 31.
We are delighted to report that we have received four student applications. Classes are scheduled to begin July 31. We have ten plus qualified teachers. We have many partner churches and Christian organizations planning to send interns to Clarkston Bible Institute. In addition we have a growing number of monthly as well as one-time donors. Come and join us for this exciting venture!
I am pleased to report that for your convenience we now have a PDF of the student application on “The Program” page. Be sure and include a $20 non-refundable application fee with your application. We will process promptly.
We are so glad you visited our website. We are exciting about the way progress is being made each week toward our beginning classes July 31. We are here to answer your questions promptly and meet your needs. Soon we will have an application online for your convenience. We are excited that you like what you see and are prayerfully considering being a student intern. We know that it will be a life changing experience!