We have had an exciting month witnessing God open remarkable ministry opportunities! Because of what we are learning from pastors serving in difficult, dangerous places around world, we are more committed than ever to equip these courageous men and women of God.
Here is a brief update. Nigeria is considered the most dangerous nation in the world for Christians. We have just enrolled pastors serving there. The Prime Minister of India plans to establish India as a Hindu nation. As a result, persecution of Christians in India is on the rise, including the recent murder of a pastor. We have enrolled many pastors from India, but there are many more waiting for sponsors so they can be trained. Persecution is also on the rise in the Philippines. Pastors are being targeted under false pretenses and charged with serious crimes. God has opened the doors for us to equip pastors in the Philippines.
In each of the above examples, the pastors we have enrolled are working tirelessly with extremely limited resources. In the Philippines, a generous donor not only provided scholarships but also a sponsorship to cover the costs of internet services. With incomes ranging between $600 to $6,000 USD annually, our dedicated brothers and sisters are looking at what IS possible and accomplishing it, instead of focusing on what they do not have. It is such a joy to provide formal, biblical education that they eagerly desire but until now had no access to.
We covet your prayers for wisdom as we expand our program offerings and move towards accreditation. Please also pray with us regarding funding. There is so much need – pastors in underdeveloped nations are truly hungry for formal biblical education. Our spotlight of Nigerian Pastors Sam and Athonia illustrates the need. Please consider sponsoring courageous pastors serving in difficult places. There are literally thousands of pastors who urgently need access to biblical education “so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:17), and in turn, strengthen and equip the believers they serve, helping them to stand firmly despite the dangers and difficulties.
And finally, we have some wonderful courses this fall! I encourage you to check them out and also share them with others hungry for Christian leadership training. As always, I hope the information in this month’s newsletter, the Hot Box Topic on abortion article and download, and free downloadable resource on God’s Perseverance Promises are a blessing to you as you represent our Savior in a darkening world.
Vickie Isaac, M.Ed., President
The Fully Equipped Bible Institute
Pastors Sam and Anthonia serve in Nigeria, ministering in places where there are no churches or pastors. With an average annual income of $600 USD, they committed to serving the less fortunate in rural areas. They planted a church that is now thriving. They also minister in other African countries as God leads.
Pastors Sam and Anthonia’s scholarship applications indicated that they seek formal biblical education so that they increase their ministry impact and win more souls for God’s Kingdom. From our interview, they will are committed, serving, and will put their education to great use!
Please join us in prayer for them, their family, the people they serve, and that they will become fully equipped for every good work!
PASTORS SAM & ANTHONIA
WE NEED $100 USD MONTHLY TO SPONSOR THEM.
Your donation is tax-deductible. Every dollar counts as we seek to equip pastors and Christian leaders serving in difficult circumstances. Please be as generous as you can. There are hundreds of pastors and Christian leaders who need educational scholarships and internet access.
START DATE: 9/6/2022
CLASS TIME: 6:30 PM MST
PROFESSOR: VICKIE ISAAC, M.ED.
COURSE LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE
COLLEGE CREDIT: NO
This is an 8-week online Christian leadership course teaching spiritual aspects of leadership.
Spiritual leadership is not an occupation – it is a calling. God is not looking for charismatic, strong, attractive people – He looks for obedient servants to use. A title does not make a leader.
Spiritual leadership must be directed by the Holy Spirit. It must be steadfast in the face of opposition and unrelenting in the midst of spiritual inertia. Popularity is not leadership. It requires understanding of calling, godly character, and equipped with practical competencies.
Spiritual leadership is moving people on to God’s agenda. This course equips you to do so.
OF CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP
START DATE: 11/2/2022
CLASS TIME: 6:30 PM MST
PROFESSOR: PASTOR STEVE MERRYMAN, MAOM
COURSE LEVEL: ALL
COLLEGE CREDIT: NO
This online Bible course includes instruction in the practical administrative aspects of Christian leadership. While not every person called into Christian leadership has the gift of administration. Regardless of the gift, being equipped to manage the administrative aspects of Christian leadership is essential to effective stewardship of the ministry we are entrusted with.
This 8-week online Christian leadership course will equip pastors and ministry leaders with the practical tools needed to build and maintain effective churches, organizations, and ministry teams
Spiritual leadership is not an occupation – it is a calling. God is not looking for charismatic, strong, attractive people – He is looking for surrendered servants.
Popularity is not leadership. A title or corner office does not make a leader. Spiritual leaders must be godly men and women called of God, equipped to serve, and committed to stewarding God’s Kingdom plans.
Spiritual leaders are filled and directed by the Holy Spirit, steadfast in the face of opposition and unrelenting amid spiritual inertia. Spiritual leadership is a holy calling with tremendous responsibility. This book explores Jesus’ model of spiritual leadership and practical ways leaders called by God can effectively steward His plans, people, and resources
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV
This is a polarizing issue with strong opinions and emotions on both sides of the abortion issue. God’s Word is clear in both Old and New Testament passages that God’s plans for human beings begin before they are born!
Interested in a deep Scriptural dive into this HOT BOX topic? Equip yourself to respond lovingly and biblically to the abortion issue.
Abortion creates at least two victims – the unborn baby and the woman who has to live with her decision. Because the issue is a hot button topic, now is the time to share God’s heart on the matter. In addition to learning more, there is a complimentary downloadable handout you can use as a church resource, and offer to others for distribution
Each month we add new, free Bible study resources to the Fully Equipped Bible Institute website. We recently conducted a survey of thousands of U.S. pastors. Our survey illustrated that many of our pastors are stressed and exhausted. This month, our resource focuses on the Perseverance Promises of God. You don’t have to be a pastor to be encouraged by this collection of verses. We pray they strengthen you!
Please don’t forget about Nigerian Pastors Sam and Athonia. Can you help provide formal biblical training for them? It costs $50 per month per person, so we need $100 per month to sponsor their education.
We also have fifteen pastors serving in rural areas of India immediately in need of scholarships for the Sept. 6th fall semester, with another 235 Indian pastors waiting. The doors are also opening in other African nations.
The need for formal biblical education is great for our brothers and sisters faithfully serving in dangerous places. We are only limited by funding, so please be as generous as you can, and remember that it is tax deductible!