BIBLE SCHOOL

On a number of recent trips to the mountain area of Chididi we found the meetings for the elderly were attended by more and more independent pastors from as far as 50 miles away. Many of them had no Bibles and yet they have such a love for the Lord. We have supplied them with Bibles in their own language but they have had very little to no teaching of the Word. In October of this year 2016 we started a Bible School. We were expecting about 12 to 15 pastors and 26 came. We were amazed to find out that more than half were not filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking in other tongues. The first night we taught on the subject and most came forward and nearly all received and were gloriously filled with His wonderful Spirit which gives them the power to be witnesses.
We had four 90 minute sessions a day and then a meeting in the evening after supper. On the second night we did what we call “pop corn” preaching. A pastor was given one random verse, he had five minutes to think about it and then had to stand and preach on it for ten minutes. That certainly sorted out the sheep from the goats and showed us not only those who should not be behind a pulpit but also gave us the confirmation that the school is desperately needed. The pastor who did the best was one of those who could not read or write. I asked how he managed to preach and he told me that God had given him the amazing gift of remembering all he heard when his children read the Word to him.
These pastors are, for the most part, “ignorant and unlearned men,” but they have made themselves available and that is all that God requires of us – that we do not look at our faults and failings and we do not need super education, just that we are ready to say, “Here am I Lord, send me.” He does all the necessary equipping.
We hold the school every six weeks. At this last school the pastors brought their wives so that they could learn how to run children’s church. In most African churches the children run around outside while the adults attend church. How do we ever train up the next generation if they are not being taught at an early age?
Each Bible School session for 26 pastors costs about $300. If anyone is willing to support that every six weeks we would be extremely grateful.

First Bible School

First Bible School


Evening service at the school

Evening service at the school