Dear TCWM Friends and Partners in the Gospel,
It was 1973. I had recently finished my stint in the U.S. Army and was now a graduate student at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. I was studying counseling, and God was working in my life. Attending class each day brought a growing conflict in my heart. I wanted to help people, but the approach to counseling that I was studying would not allow me to share the good news of the Gospel. Meanwhile, God was leading me into the Gospel ministry. As graduation neared, I made plans to enroll in Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia the next fall.
But I had a huge problem. I had no money and, to make matters worse, the Veterans Administration did not pay me the first semester. I lived on 25-cent cans of soup. At times, I was tempted to drop out of seminary. When I was at my lowest, my older brother, Sidney, sent me a check for $15.00. That one gift was used by God to keep me going.
By 1977, I had graduated from Westminster and completed an internship as a missionary in Mexico. Along the way, I met a girl named Martha. The rest is history—42 years of ministry.
Now I find myself as the chancellor of five Bible schools in Central Africa, all teaching centers of Trinity Biblical Institute. We have worked this past year at a fast pace to complete our main campus. It is beautiful. We are ready. We have constructed and furnished a large auditorium, a new classroom building, offices for our faculty, and we are putting the finishing touches on a new road to our campus and even a basketball court.
But we still face a major obstacle: Here is a picture of one of four recently completed classrooms. What does it lack? Students!
Our present 600 students come with very little training and very little money. They are in the same situation I was in some 45 years ago. The whole reason we are building a network of Bible Institutes is to train pastors and missionaries, but in order to attend TBI, these students need sponsors. They need you.
This is the time to open your heart and be a Sidney to one of our brightest and most mature students. Trinity Biblical Institute will open in January. We believe we will be accredited to offer diplomas in missions and biblical studies.
Help us fill these chairs so that churches will have trained pastors, new churches will be planted, and so that the Gospel of Grace will be spread across Central Africa. The cost of our two-year program which includes 24 courses is $1160. That is $580 for each year. I know of no other Bible College on the planet where the cost is so low. Can you sponsor one or more of these students? Can you help us train hundreds of church leaders?
Theological education is the greatest need in Central Africa.
Help us fill these chairs with future pastors
and missionaries for the glory of Christ,
Executive Director, TCWM
These students and several hundred more need sponsors in order to attend Trinity Biblical Institute.
If you can help sponsor our students, please download and complete the sponsor form and mail it to us at P.O. Box 580, Dahlonega, GA 30533. Please write me a note if you would like your seminary student to correspond with you.