In 2011, Hope Universal invited an LT team to Sierra Leone, Africa to teach oral inductive Bible study methods at their Bible school campuses. While visiting, our team also assessed how LT might assist the local church there.
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Carol Noah who comes from Inokoi village of Brugum District , in the East Sepik Province had the challenge to develop human resource since 1997. She observed that the ‘Haus Tambaran” (house for men where training of adulthood is taught) activities occupied the minds of the potential students who could have received better education. She made up her mind that she would strive to set up a training school to train others to excel higher. Back in 1994 she had a call to go to her local SSEC Bible School in Brugum. After completing her two years she went to Christian Leaders Training College (CLTC) in 1997 and completed a Diploma in Theological studies.
Nikolai (MAF wife serving in PNG) has been USING Bible Storytelling & Discussion since she took the very first workshop five years ago. She did not attend the PNG workshop. She lives "way out" on an MAF base, and finds herself a resource for pastors there ALL THE TIME. I am so excited to see that now that she has the manual from the Oral Strategies Workshop, she is confident to teach others. PTL!!
The Gospel has been available throughout the Western Province for over 60 years, but local churches and Christians are isolated by vast distances and difficult terrain. ‘Getting things’ is hard, and that includes Bibles and literature to encourage and strengthen God’s people.
Nick Frey, serving with MAF in West DRC reports:
We recently started using LT’s Estante program as part of our monthly meetings with our hanger staff. I had received the program and Bible study software while at the IT conference in Uganda. Looking over the material I thought that our staff could really benefit from the topics of marriage and stewardship especially.
In Arnhem Land MAF is well known for its aviation service which is now approaching 40 years! What is not so well known are other areas of MAF such as Technology Services! Some would even ask: “What is Technology Services and why does MAF support such ministry?” Previously labelled Learning Technologies, this work has been part of the MAF Arnhem Land programme for the past two years. In 2013, MAF International adopted a name change to better reflect the type of work that MAF offers at a local level. The expectation is that this type of work will grow world-wide as a part of MAF’s ministry.