The first courses of the new decade are underway at our Lomé Togo campus. The cohort that began their studies in 2016 will be taking their final courses during this term, and the cohort that began in 2018 will reach their half way point. In July we will take in a new 2020 cohort. Students in this session come from the far-flung countries of Botswana, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Reunion Island, South Africa, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The students are comprised of Bible school principals, teachers, national church officers, pastors, and missionaries. Faculty teaching this term include Drs. Chuck Wilson, Enson Lwesya, Jimmy Kuoh, and Bob Braswell. Thank you for your prayers for these students. Their responsibilities are numerous, and it is challenging to maintain their responsibilities in ministry while further preparing themselves for kingdom work through their studies at PAThS. Pray that God […]
Nigeria has the largest AG church in Africa with over six million adherents. They are in desperate need of trained pastors to lead this rapidly expanding church. PAThS recently held a introductory course for potential students. From that group, we have over 20 applicants. We plan to begin courses in Nigeria in July of next year (2020). This is a stretch goal for our leadership team at PAThS. Please pray for God’s direction, strength and wisdom as we move forward with this new program.
October 6, 2015 was a great day for Gabon. Pastors and leaders from Gabon, the Central Africa region, and the USA joined together on the new Gabon Advanced School of Theology (FATAD) campus to dedicate this facility to the glory of God. Over 120 leaders gathered for the dedication service in the newly constructed classroom building block. This classroom and the nearby library are nearly complete. The foundation has been laid for a cafeteria building and the first floor is enclosed for what will be a two story administration building. The classroom building consists of one large and one small classroom, teacher offices, teacher lounge, and two guest rooms. The library has a large book holding and study area as well as two offices, a computer lab, and storage. The cafeteria will have a dining area as well as the kitchen. The administration building will have offices on the lower […]
I just visited the construction site for the Gabon Bible school. It is exciting to see that the construction is quickly moing forward as funds are available. We are thrilled to see what God has done up to now, and believe he will supply the needed resouces to complete this school for training current and future pastors, evangelists and missionaries for the Gabon AG. I am in Kenya as I write this with a session of the Pan-Africa Theological Seminary. Internet is slow so I can not upload photos of the school, but will do so when I have a better connection.
Yesterday Judy and I were privileged to minister in Sunday school and the main service at First Assembly of God in Buffalo, Missouri. It was great to be with Pastor Keith Pyles and his wife Sherry and the wonderful congregation. Judy shared a powerful testimony in the Sunday school class. Many were blessed by her ministry. Pastor Pyles noted that there was a special anointing on the service. The entire congregation committed themselves to greater effectiveness as believers who are called of God to share Christ’s love with a broken world.
See the YouTube video: http://youtu.be/Zwflzgu0SIw Sunday morning at International Chapel, in Lomé Togo. The video clip is of the first choir, second choir, and a bit of the worship. The service starts at 7am. Last Sunday, we went until 10:55am, five minutes short of a four hour service. For those of you in the US that feel a 90 minute Sunday service is long, Pastor Bandé preached for 90 minutes.
For the past three weeks I have been in Lomé Togo for the Pan-Africa Theological Seminary (PAThS) July session. We have a group of 13 doctoral students from all over West Africa. One is the General Superintendent of his country. Others are Bible school teachers and administrators, and pastors of influential churches. Yesterday I spoke in chapel on “Faith, Suffering, Miracles and the Sovereignty of God.” I let the students know that God has a plan and He is working out that plan through the obedience of His servants. This is our final week for this quick term (one month long). The students will return to their places of ministry and then return to PAThS in November for more of their courses. In November we will have a three day lectureship series where Dr. Jim Bradford, the general secretary of the US Assemblies of God will be the speaker. We […]