The goal for Africa, simply put, is to see a vibrant church planted within walking distance of every African. Of course the way we accomplish this is neither simple or easy and it involves a lot of missionaries doing a wide variety of tasks if we are to see our goal reached.
One of the ministries that Joyce is responsible for involves training newly appointed Missionary Associates (MA) (1-2 year assignments) in the area of financial and partnership development. As the AGWM Africa MA coach, Joyce walks the MA’s through a 4- week online training course. They learn the Biblical basis for why we do itineration the way we do, understanding the components of partnership with potential donors and the nuts and bolts of a successful itineration journey. She helps them prepare to find the financial partners they will need to raise their budgets and arrive on the African continent to help in the process of reaching our goal,
In the past four years since she has been doing this job, she has trained about 70 MA units. It is one of the highlights of her current ministry. The MAs are excited, committed and eager to fulfill the call of God on their lives. Joyce loves having the opportunity to interact with these awesome missionaries.
Thanks to all of you for partnering with us to reach our goal of seeing a vibrant church planted within walking distance of every African.
an·tic·i·pa·tion | \ (ˌ)an-ˌti-sə-ˈpā-shən
the act of looking forward
especially: pleasurable expectation
Anticipation can be a wonderful feeling; however, when that feeling goes for a long time it can actually turn into a feeling of frustration or even despair if it goes on indefinitely.
We, at Africa’s Hope, have been “anticipating” the time when we can once again return to the continent to provide much needed curriculum and training to our Bible Schools and training centers.
Tim is anticipating traveling to 5-6 countries to install much-anticipated Print On Demand (PODS) systems. These highly efficient and cost effective printers will greatly facilitate the schools in providing low-cost curriculum as they are needed to train future pastors and leaders. Some of those Bible schools and missionaries are beginning to move into the frustrated level as they await their PODS.
Tim and his team at Africa’s Hope are printing large quantities of materials that are scheduled to be shipped when ports reopen.
Please pray with us that the Covid pandemic will pass soon so we can get desperately needed PODS and curriculum to our Bible Schools.
We appreciate, so very much, your continued financial and prayerful partnership.
Idle (definition): not turned to normal or appropriate use, lack of activity.
We have NOT been idle during this pandemic even though all travel has been curtailed for several months now. Tim will probably not be traveling to Africa until January of 2021.
He is definitely behind schedule in his travels, prior to the pandemic he was scheduled to make 5-6 trips to various countries in Africa. The goal was to set up Print On Demand (POD) systems in key locations across the continent. These small efficient printing presses will give the Bible Schools and Distribution Centers the ability to print their own materials. This will save both time involved in shipping and printing costs.
Tim and his team have not been idle, they are taking full advantage of this time to procure curriculum and print and reprint Africa’s Hope Bible School curriculum. They are preparing materials that will be shipped out in containers as soon as ports in Africa begin to open up again.
There are national churches, Bible schools and students who are eagerly waiting for their shipments to arrive. Tim is making sure that all is ready to go on this end.
Thanks to all of you who are partners with us in seeing that pastors and leaders across Africa are fully equipped to do the work of the ministry.