When the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy,
“…the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be able to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2), he wrote because the church was growing and needed leaders who were trained and equipped. As Tony Swanson describes on page 13, the church in Africa is growing today too; it also needs trained and equipped leadership. This is why AIM is commited to developing leaders through theological education programmes.
In the mid-1980s AIM was investigating the possibility of starting ministry in Mozambique. The country was at the height of its long civil war following independence when mission leaders met with a group of church leaders. The church leaders essentially said, “We have no food, we have no water, we have no shelter; send us Bible teachers”. So the Sofala Bible Institute in the city of Beira was established, which Tim and Beth Wood write about on page 18.
As part of our vision to train African leaders, it is exciting to read of the various theological education programmes that are proving their effectiveness in seeing the church in Africa expand and grow, and going to serve in places where his name is not yet known.
As you listen week by week to your pastors and are taught by them, give thanks to God for the training that they have received. Spare a moment too to pray for those in Africa who are receiving theological training, and for those who are giving it.
Peter Root, Personnel Director