Dear Christian Friends and Partners in the Gospel,
Greetings from Central Africa!
Today our two teams started teaching pastors how to preach in Kigali, Rwanda and Kapchorwa, Uganda. These men and their churches will never be the same. Many of these pastors have never taken a preaching course.
In addition, I am here in Uganda to prepare for an inspection by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). In just three weeks, they will send a team to inspect the campus of Trinity Biblical Institute and in November they will vote on our accreditation.
We have made great progress. Some schools have taken 7 years to come to this final step in the process. The academic programs have already been approved by NCHE. Now we have until the end of September to complete the entire campus.
This is one of the most difficult tasks we have tackled. God has done a great work here and an entire college has been built on a beautiful mountain. This year we have constructed a new classroom building, a sick bay, computer center, administrative offices, and a police station. We are finishing up a concrete road that goes up the mountain to our campus. We have purchased chairs, desks, computers, beds, new security, and safety systems, white boards, library shelves, and supplies to feed and house our students.
To fulfill a requirement of the government to have a sports program, we are constructing a basketball court. The cost is $6800. (See the site plan at the end of this letter.)
Four days before the inspection by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), we will bring our staff and faculty and workers for training and for the preparation of every building and the entire campus.
We have stretched and stretched the funds available. But
in order to meet all the requirements to have Trinity Biblical Institute accredited, we still need $9,937.
Accreditation, in my opinion, is no longer an option. For example, in Rwanda, pastors must graduate from an accredited institution or their churches are closed.
This school is right at the heart of the great commission. Our accreditation will mean that in the future we can go into new countries in Central Africa. Our two majors are designed to train pastors and missionaries.
Already these facilities are being used. We hosted a conference here last week and 1,300 people came five days in a row.
I believe we are going to complete our mission, but we need special help this month. Your generous gift will mean pastors and missionaries from several people groups will be trained.
Training church leaders for the glory of Christ,