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 How you can help (Part 2 of 2)

We need a team of people who care about the cause. We believe is it biblical to careabout our brothers and sisters round the globe. For some of you, the first step in caring is learning about the church in Africa. Caring for our brothers and sisters on the other side of the world means praying for them. The church in Africa—like everywhere else in the world—has much we can learn from and it also has needs. Because we are all part of the same universal church, let’s learn from our African brothers and sisters, pray for them in love, and share wth them the blessings that God has given us.

In order to do this well, you might need to grow in some knowledge. Consider checking out The Gospel Coalition in Africa. They have articles written by local believers in Africa, which speak to some of the unique challenges there. Chopo Mwanza is a pastor of Faith Baptist Church and professor at CABC. He blogs here. You should definitely read his article, “What the West Should know about Churches in Africa,” hosted by 9marks. Also, Isaac Adam’s interview with CABC professor Saidi Chishimba is well-worth hearing.  Learning a bit about the cares and blessings of the church in Africa will help you care deeply about the theological training of churches throughout the world.

We need people to pray. Pray for the CABC, and other schools like it that are aiming equip and disciple leaders in Africa. Pray that they would remain faithful to God’s Word. Pray that God would raise up faithful professors who can disciple students for fruitful ministry. Pray that the curriculum would challenge the prosperity gospel and spiritualism that has crept into  many of the churches in Africa.

Also, pray for us as we prepare to join this good work. Pray that we would raise support. We need to raise monthly support for one year, plus a number of one-time expenses, including a vehicle, furniture, and other set-up costs. (Email me if you want more precise figures.) A friend asked me if I thought I could raise all the support we need by January. What I said was, “I don’t really have a good plan B.” What I should’ve said was, “No, I don’t think I can, but God can do it.” Both are true. It will take a work of God. But we believe He can do it. This is what we are asking Him for, and we are going to run hard after it. Will you join us in praying that God will equip the church in Africa and that, if it be his will, he will send us there in January?

We need financial supporters. As noted before, the job involves raising our own salary. Our raising our salary saves money for CABC, making theological education much more accessible. It means that no local believer who has the character and gifting for ministry has to be turned away because they can’t afford tuition. It also means that the school can decide who to enroll based character, calling, and gifts, not based on who can afford it. This also means that a crushing debt will not be imposed on the believers when they graduate. But for this model to work, someone else must bear the cost. There’s something fitting about this. Obviously, it is fitting for teachers of the Word to be paid for their work. But under special circumstances, it was fitting that Paul embody Christ by foregoing what he would have a right to receive and bearing the cost himself. I think our mission to Zambia qualifies in that special circumstance. We are trying to raise money so that the brothers and sisters in Africa could have training available that they could not have otherwise.

Our church, Imprint Community, is sending us, but they can’t do it alone. The support page they’ve created for us is here. They are committed to praying for us, supporting us, and providing accountability. Feel free to reach out to me, if you want a detailed account of our financial support goals. Will you prayerfully consider making a donation of any size to support our mission in Africa?

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