Education

Maasai Outreach Mission

Through Maasai Outreach Mission, Pastor Simon Muntolol trains evangelists who reach out to the Maasai with the gospel while still maintaining the Maasai culture. 

Wayne & Miho Jansen

Tokyo Union Theological Seminary (TUTS) trains pastors for congregations of the United Church of Christ in Japan (Kyodan). As a homeroom teacher for the freshman class, Wayne Jansen gets to know newcomers to the seminary and provides pastoral care for them through their time at TUTS. He also works with the seminary’s Clinical Pastoral Education program. Miho Jansen has a degree in linguistics and has taught English in Japan and Japanese at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

Barbara Kapenga

The Nkhoma Synod in Malawi needs an RCA person on the ground, working with our partner church there to support its new university (especially the theology and education departments) and to help prepare more pastors to serve the growing number of congregations.

Mark & Deb Wilson

The Christian church in Cambodia was nearly wiped out in the late 1970s under the Khmer Rouge. Since the return of peace in the mid-1990s, the church has been steadily growing. Its leaders need nurturing and a strong biblical and theological foundation.

Rowland Jr. & Jane Van Es

St. Paul's University in Limuru, Kenya, is an international and ecumenical institution that prepares men and women for ministry in the Christian church and in society. Founded in 1903 as a divinity school, St. Paul's recently expanded to become a Christian university. In addition to doing theological studies, students can now earn a bachelor's degree in business administration. Rowland Van Es Jr., who has training in economics and theology, teaches in both departments.

Chuck & Jean Van Engen

Unprecedented growth among the Protestant churches in Latin America has created an urgent need for leaders who can mentor other leaders, disciple new believers, help transform society, and engage in cross-cultural mission. The Latin American Leadership Development Program (LALDP), a multinational and multi-denominational community of Latin American scholars, churches, and educational institutions, helps meet the need for advanced theological education in Spanish and Portuguese.

Abdi Tadesse-Mulat

Abdi Tadesse-Mulat began ministry as a volunteer leader in his home church. Soon after, a communist revolution swept through Ethiopia. Abdi was arrested and tortured repeatedly. Though no Bibles or prayer were allowed in prison, he witnessed to his fellow prisoners, confirming and refining his faith and his gifts as an evangelist. After his release from prison the government assigned him to Bale, a predominantly Muslim area.

Shelvis & Nancy Smith-Mather

Shelvis and Nancy Smith-Mather work with RECONCILE, (Resource Centre for Civil Leadership), an indigenous ecumenical Christian organization, which was established in March 2004 by a national church council. It promotes peace-building by providing training in trauma recovery, conflict transformation, and civic education. RECONCILE's activities are in areas of high inter-ethnic conflict, with the churches often being the typical point of entry into these communities. Shelvis and Nancy participate in RECONCILE's training events that address inter-ethnic conflict.

Albino & Sandra Rodriguez

La Casa del Maestro, together with families and churches, seeks to equip and empower indigenous youth in Southern Peru. This is accomplished through a holistic and sustainable discipleship program that recognizes the true source of life and salvation in Christ. Youth learn to navigate the modern world, provide for themselves, and contribute to society in order to bring about generational change.

Albino serves as executive director of La Casa del Maestro and Sandy is the administrator.

Evangelical Seminary of Caracas

While the evangelical church in Latin America is growing, so is the need for sound biblical and theological training for its leaders. Also, in recent years Venezuela has undergone natural disasters and political upheaval, leaving many people cynical and hopeless. The Seminario Evangélico de Caracas (Evangelical Seminary of Caracas) is responding to these needs with a program that offers a choice of morning, afternoon, or evening class schedules.