INDIGENOUS BIBLE SCHOOLS:
By Brother K

Concentrated training in the Scriptures is an integral part of missionary training. With the encouraging growth of the church in many parts of Asia, our partner mission leaders constantly are making reference to the need for appropriate training. They envision pastors and missionaries trained in the Word of God so that they are able to enter into society equipped to proclaim the Good News of Jesus and make disciples among people who are altogether unfamiliar with Jesus.

Part of AIM’s vision of coming alongside indigenous missions in their desire to reach the unreached, has been to help provide Bible training for missionaries and pastors and young people who have a desire to go into the ministry. AIM typically engages with the already serving missionaries and pastors primarily through our Leadership Seminar ministry (for more information about our Leadership Seminars, please visit: www.aimi.ca/leadershipseminars). Additionally, AIM comes alongside a number of our partner mission leaders to help operate Bible Schools with a focus on missionary training. For a number of these Bible schools, classes begin in the month of June.

Here are a few details of several of our partner schools:

Calcutta Bible College: began a new school year at the beginning of June with 50 students enrolled. Nearly half of the students are from the Bengali people group. When AIM first began partnering with them in 2010, only 3 Bengali students were attending. With a great need for Bengali missionaries, we rejoice in this present situation.

CHTI (CARWE Bible School): This school also began a new year in June with 15 students. It has been operating in Northern India now for several years after having been closed due to persecution from members of the community opposed to the church presence in that area. This school primarily works with believers from the Tharu people group.

Judson Bible School: began again in June and increased enrollment to 87 students. This school only began in 2013 and now has become a significant centre for preparing young people for ministry.

MBB Training Centre: this school in Northern India is specialized in the training of Muslim Background Believers (MBBs). This school began on August 1st and will run for two months helping 15 relatively new believers with an Islamic background prepare for ministry to Muslims.

Not mentioned in this list are two strategic Bible Schools (one in Bangladesh and one in Nepal), which we would love to see operating as well. Both schools have a wonderful building out of which to operate but support for operating expenses is needed for them to reopen.

In fact, every one of these schools are in need of some help with the expenses for their operations. By investing in this kind of ministry training, our partner mission leader, Swapon Bose, argues that “you can make an impact on a student’s life which will likely bear fruit for 50 years to come.”

Please pray for fruit in these schools as they focus on this essential missionary training. Would you also consider supporting one of these schools? $55/month represents approximately between one third and one half of what is needed to cover the cost of one student to study.


posted on Sept 14, 2017
Advancing Indigenous Missions 2017