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.
Testimony of God’s Grace
by Nguyen Tuan Anh
Following high school I landed a job at a karaoke bar where I picked up drinking and drugs. I managed to hide my drug addiction from my family for over 11 years.
In 2005 I got married. Instead of spending the night with my new wife I stayed up until 2 am doing drugs. My wife didn’t even know about my drug abuse until after our first baby was born. She threatened to divorce me but even that didn’t change my addiction.
By God’s grace my wife found Christ and shared the Gospel with me in 2007. But I didn’t see my need for a Savior. I rationalized: ‘I am not addicted - I can quit whenever I want.’ Later that year, I was arrested and incarcerated for two years. My wife then divorced me. I was released in 2009, intent on earning a living by selling drugs. I was at rock bottom and had nothing more to lose.
God had other plans for me. My dear ex-wife sought me out and shared the Gospel with me once again. I didn’t want to lose her and my child, so I pretended I was converted. I’d even read my Bible while doing drugs. At one point I entered a Christian rehab center for help. Thirteen days into the program my Mother-in-Law was diagnosed with blood cancer. I went to visit her and seeing her strong faith in the midst of a horrible prognosis, changed my perspective on life. After six months of hard work in rehab I was sober. I promised God: “If you deliver me from drugs, I will give my life to serve you.”
We renewed our wedding vows in 2011 and the following year I became the pastor of a church created specifically for addicts and their families. I was filled with such satisfaction helping connect addicts with Christian rehab centers.
During this time of immense growth God desired to take me even deeper in my understanding of Him and His Word. In 2013 I began my studies at Hanoi Bible College in Vietnam. I am learning so much about how to study the Bible and share it with others.
My vision after graduation is to start a rehab center at my church for people suffering from HIV. I feel called to teach them about Christ’s love. Once they have progressed in their healing and faith in God, I’d like to train them in outreach and ministering to others.
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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Jennifer Porras Pabon Jennifer is studying theology at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia (FUSBC) in Medellin. She is a happy mother of two and serves in her church as a children’s ministry trainer and coordinator. Though she deeply appreciates pastoral work, she is particularly passionate about the academic study of the Word. Upon graduating from FUSBC she is prayerfully hopeful she will be able to pursue a graduate degree.
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.
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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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.