While the Church in many areas in the majority world is growing rapidly, well-equipped leaders are in short supply. As Jesus said: "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few."
There is a worldwide lack of men and women truly called of God and deeply taught in the Scriptures to lead the churches … Those who accurately and effectively expound the Scriptures are few, especially in areas where the churches are growing rapidly.
There can be few greater causes than training leaders for the church – equipping and training individuals who will emerge as resourceful, indigenous Christian leaders in their context. By sponsoring students, the national church is assured of a steady flow of pastors, evangelists, church planters and ministry leaders. Upon graduation students not only know their local culture but are able to minister for decades supported by their local church.
It takes $165.00/month ($1980.00/year) to sponsor one student and our goal is to be sponsoring 150 students at our partner Bible colleges in Vietnam, Cuba, Columbia, Lebanon, Ukraine, Ghana, Philippines, Shi Lanka and Haiti. Please prayerfully consider partnering with us by sponsoring one or more future leaders. Contact us for more information or make an online donation.
Sponsorship funds make a major contribution to the operating expenses or needs of the whole college and are distributed carefully to avoid colleges becoming dependent on a single source of income.
reSource is passionate about supporting this emerging generation of Christian leaders whose lives demonstrate vision, integrity and competence. These men and women long to preach and teach the redeeming love of Jesus, minister to widows and orphans, seek justice for their communities and become leaders in their nations – servant leaders like Nguyen Tuan Anh (below), Bachelor of Theology student at Hanoi Bible College in Vietnam.
My life as a Christian began when I was three and my grandmother took me to the Patios Foursquare Christian Church in Norte de Santander, Colombia. Although my parents weren’t Christians, I was allowed to go every Sunday. Since that time I’ve been steadily building a relationship with the Lord and His Church.
Being a wife and mother has deepened my relationship with God. God’s love for me and my family has blessed me and helped me see God as my Sustainer, Protector, and Provider. I’m a happy mother of two young children (grades 2 and 4). We attend the Mountain of the King Church in Medellin, where my husband is a full-time leader, helping with worship and preaching. He is completing his studies at the University of Medellin in Music Recording and Production. At least once a week we engage in some kind of special activity as a family, doing things like sports, games or listening to music. We live far away from our extended family.
Through the influence of two sisters-in-law I became aware of BSC and God put the desire in my heart to pursue my love of Bible study. Initially I took courses as a non-degree-seeking student, but there came a point of having to decide whether to study full-time — along with the challenge of how to finance my studies. A Seminary professor challenged me to trust God’s promise that He will provide when we do what He calls us to do. I took God at His word. And while I’ve experienced many financial challenges, God has always provided, often through the generosity of others.
As part of my studies I co-ordinate the ministry for small children at our church, being responsible for training the teachers and assigning them to their groups, which also involves developing themes and organizing agendas. On one special occasion the children´s ministry preformed a musical program at the monthly Praise and Thanksgiving celebration at our church, which included over 30 invited guests from a new prayer group the church had begun.
The Seminary has helped me think about and articulate what I believe, why I believe it and what the implications of that belief are. I especially appreciate the chance to study at BSC because God has placed in me the will to know Him better, providing this place and the means to do so. After I graduate my personal preference would be to pursue further studies. While I deeply appreciate pastoral work and will seek to remain attentive to what God wants for me, I’m passionate about the academic study of the Word.
I believe deeply that God uses us as His instruments to accomplish His purposes for humanity. All that God has given me is a sacred gift from Him and I’m very grateful to Him for anyone who’s interested in contributing to the kingdom through my efforts. Thanks for helping!
Biblical Seminary of Colombia
I spent my childhood and adolescence in the Colombian countryside of Antioquia Bajo Cauca, an area that’s been hit hard by years of armed conflict with leftist guerrillas and more recently by criminal gangs. I was born into a Christian household. When I was seven, my parents began to shepherd the only Christian church in the small town where I grew up.
Watching my parents work so passionately in the ministry produced in me a strong desire to serve the Lord. This desire began to take a tangible form as I assumed responsibility in the church, working with the children and later with the youth of the church. I soon realized I wanted to carry out my ministry in the most efficient manner possible.
So in 2009, when I turned 18, I joined my twin brother for two years attending the Center for Biblical Studies in the village of Córdoba. I found the practical ministry on weekends of supporting pastors and churches in the villages of the region, to be an enriching experience that helped me grow spiritually and as a minister. In 2012, I took an interim appointment at a church that had been without a pastor and was going through a very difficult time. This experience was one of the most significant experiences of my life, leading to deepening faith and further growth in ministry skills and the formation of my character.
This and other mission experiences showed me the great need I had to be better prepared. So my wife and I decided to move to the city of Medellín to study at BSC. As part of my practicum I have served in several capacities at New Life Church in Medellín, providing discipleship training for small groups, helping with preaching, working with the youth pastor to plan and participate in youth events and more recently, spending two hours each Sunday discipling a group of newer believers.
I’ve grown through my courses at BSC. In Introduction to the New Testament we learned about the geopolitical context in which the New Testament was written and now I understand better how the message of the Bible did not occur in a vacuum – it was influenced by political, religious, social, and economic factors. I see how important it is that we take these factors into account so our teaching of the gospel message is more effective. Our Systematic Theology class challenged me to face the fact that we live in a world that questions the existence of God and the Bible as absolute truth. I had to think through how to respond to the way the world thinks about God and His Word. Now in my 6th semester, I am learning in Church History about the Protestant Reformation – why it happened and how it remains relevant for today.
After I graduate my first priority is to return to Córdoba and support the pastor of the church where I served. I also want to support the training of pastors and leaders in the region, for many of the them haven’t had much opportunity to train biblically and theologically.
I am married to Soady Causil Rodríguez, and we have an infant daughter. Soady is serving a foundation that trains teachers of children in the Caribbean region of Colombia. She’s also studying at BSC’s Bible Institute certificate program, and I thank God for this opportunity.
I remind myself of Hebrews 6:10: "God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”
Andrés Steban Villadiego
Biblical Seminary of Colombia
Thào A Chứ is studying for a Bachelor of Theology at Hanoi Bible College. On weekends he serves So Thuong Evangelical Church as a worship leader and leads the Young Adult Fellowship. Upon graduating he sees God calling him back to his home church to provide Bible teaching and to reach out to non-believers in his community..
Amena* is studying for a Bachelor of Theology degree at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Bierut, Lebanon. She is single and from a family in Syria that finds the situation unbearable. She is active in a library project for children. She appreciates the freedom she is experiencing in classes and how the professors listen to the voices of the students. She is committed to staying in the Middle East to serve fellow Syrians.**
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Roman Oleynik is pursuing a Bachelor of Pastoral Ministry at Odessa Theological Seminary, in Ukraine. He is married to Tanya, and they have a lively two-year-old, Leo. Roman is presently very busy with and enjoying youth ministry and is open to serving wherever God places him after he graduates.
Agathe* is a theology student in Cuba who experienced God’s healing and was called into ministry. She is already involved fulltime in pastoral care, through teaching and counseling. She is married, with a grown son and two grandsons. When she completes her training she looks forward to continuing her ministry with excellence.**
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Clement is studying Christian Education at the Ghana Christian University College and is involved in preaching and teaching on campus. Clement is the eldest of 4 children of a family of six that struggles financially. He appreciates the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills for ministry and has learned to adopt a humble attitude of lifelong learning. After graduating he plans to be involved in evangelistic ministry, particularly children.
Ly Seo is studying for a Bachelor of Theology at Hanoi Bible College in Vietnam. He and his wife live with his family, who farm and do other forms of work to help with his tuition. Ly Seo encountered God in a profound way through reading of Scripture and upon graduation hopes to teach believers the riches of God’s Word and call others to faith in Jesus.
Ammon* is studying for a Bachelor of Theology degree at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Bierut, Lebanon. He is from Egypt, married with 2 children. He finds that each day, staff and faculty members work to transform the lives of students like himself. He wants to return to Egypt to minister and to serve, especially among Egyptian youth and hopes to eventually plant a church.**
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