TANZANIA: GATS graduates in Iringa, Tanzania
In August at the regional conference in Iringa region, Tanzania, they had a special service and issued GATS certificates and diplomas to the graduates in attendance at the conference.
BELIZE: Updates from the Becerra Family (AIM)
We are having Bible Study and fellowship with Karina and Josue. God has been doing a great work in their family and we are thankful that we can teach them the Word of God. We are praying that they will get baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Karina shared with us that she has never committed to living for God or going to church but now she is ready to live for God....
BELIZE CITY: Update from the Becerra Family (AIM)
En la Gestion de 2019 se trabajo y todavía no se está concluyendo las actividades o las materias de los niveles Certificado y Diploma, habiendo la siguiente asistencia de alumnos en los distritos que tiene la Iglesia en Bolivia.
DISTRITO UNO (La Paz)
Alumnos Nivel Certificado 8 alumnos
Alumnos Nivel Diploma 10 Alumnos
Alumnos Nivel Grado Técnico 5 Alumnos
Rev. JHONNY KAUNE, Hna. TERESA DE KAUNE, Rev. ANGEL MIRANDA, Rev. OMAR FLORES, Ptr. GROVER CONDORENZ
Alumnos de Nivel Certificado
1.-Misael Arancibia, 2.-Edwin Lopez, 3.-Pablo Martínez, 4.-Elcy Cruz
Rev. Adolfo Arancibia, Hna. Martha de Arancibia
Alumnos Nivel Diploma
1.- David Chávez, 2.- Alexandra de Araujo, 3.- Kevin Oliva, 4.- Katherine Colquillo, 5.- Hernán Quispe, 6.- Paola Chura, 7.- Álvaro Cuadros, 8.- Jessica Mita, 9.- Pedro Supepi, 10.- Alejandra Ricaldez, 11.- Belén Chávez
Rev. Daniel Alvis, Rev. James Marse, Rev.Ronald Peñaranda
1 Arena Cuellar Grover, 2 Acarapi Limachi Franz, 3 Limachi Juan Carlos, 4 Paco Tapia Iver Josue, 5 Quispe Paucara Reveca, 6 Quispe Mirian, 7 Sea Quisbert Ivan, 8 Torrez de Sea Angelica, 9 Apaza Condori Anahi, 10 Casilla Madelein, 11 Callisaya V. Oscar, 12 Chambi Yujra Daisy, 13 Chambi Yujra Yesica, 14 Challco Sander, 15 Espejo Zabala Carlos, 16 Loza Grecia, 17 Mamani Mejia Jenny, 18 Marca Maria Elena, 19 Rios Apaza Wilfor, 20 Sea Rios Pricyla, 21 Tola Aida, 22 Tola Jimena, 23 Yujra Aruquipa Cinthya
Alumnos Nivel Grado Técnico
1 Alave Rodrigo, 2 Apaza Laura, 3 Chura Carmen Rosa, 4 Lopez Fernandez Pedro Jaime, 5 Quispe Paucara Sonia, 6 Ramos Zarate Edwin Jacinto, 7 Rios Vega Sandra Teresa, 8 Zegarra Roberto
Son 24 estudiantes del Nivel Certificado.
Son 44 del nivel Diploma
Son 13 del nivel Grado Técnico
Haciendo un total de 81 estudiantes, damos gracias a Dios por la participación mayormente de jóvenes que están siendo preparados para entrar a expandir el Reino de Dios. Y Agradecemos a cada pastor, iglesias y los distritos que participan en esta formación de líderes.
Esto es cuanto puedo informar en la participación de la educación espiritual.
BURUNDI/TANZANIA: Missionaries Richard & Pamela Smoak
REUNION - MAURITIUS - SEYCHELLES
BENIN: 2020 Adjaglo Student Photos
BENIN: 2020 Bohican Student Photos
BENIN: 2020 Hevie Student Photos
BENIN: 2020 Central African Republic Student Photos
VANUATU: GATS Student Elian Boe
My name is Elian Boe, and being in the Bible college is my greatest blessing and joy. I grew up in church and was baptized when I was a young girl. As I grew up there were many bad influences from the world (especially in School) but I made my decision to serve the Lord in school, and God helped me through. At our National Conference after I graduated, they announced that Bible school application forms were available so got enrolled. I really wanted to learn more about the word of God.
Bible college has helped me to understand who God is and the importance of the Word of God in my life. There were times that I’ve failed God and wanted to give up, but when I come to Bible college and hear God’s Word, it encourages , corrects me and lifts me up—just to know that we are loved by God, and that He wants to reveal Himself to us!
I thank God that I could go to Bible college. I have heard great teaching of God’s Word. Though I grew up in a oneness Pentecostal Church, I had many questions about the oneness of God. Through the teaching I have received I am beginning to understand the Oneness of God, and to me it was a beautiful truth to learn.
VANUATU: GATS Student Jemimi Thomas
Being in Bible College studying the word of God was a desire I had when I was 18, but I thought it was for adults, grownups, or it was for those who had calling to preach.
But since I came to Bible college, I’ve learned so much! Bible college is not just for preachers. The Word of God is for everyone who wants to learn it. I’ve learned that we were created in this world for a purpose, which is to minster His Word to those who do not know Jesus.
Being in Bible college has been life changing for me. I have really drawn closer to the Lord. My friends have told me that they see a great change in me, and some of my friends outside of the church even tell me that they want what happened to me to happen to them. So, now I am witnessing to them, and praying that they will be saved, and that one day they will be baptized in Jesus’ name.
VANUATU: GATS Student Linda Kalpoi
My name is Linda Kalpoi, a Tongan by birth, but now a Ni-Vanuatu citizen. I was born in Tonga and my mother left me with my grandparents when I was only two years of age and traveled to the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) to work. I was raised by my grandparents who were senior pastors in the Free Tongan Church in the village of Ha’atafu where the gospel landed in 1843. From a young age they helped me see that God’s hand was upon my life.
In my teenage years I moved back with my parents to Vanuatu. I got a good job at the bureau of tourism and moved up to a senior position. I was planning to go on to get a law degree at the University of the South Pacific, but then God started speaking to me through His Word about Bible School.
I have a burden to help younger women understand their role and responsibility as a wife and mother in the church and at home. My desire at Bible School is to know the truth so that I can be His vessel and instrument to teach my fellow sisters and daughters to know Jesus.
VANUATU: GATS Student Pamela Lawi
My name is Pamela and I was raised in a Christian home, and I had a good relationship with Jesus in my childhood. When I graduated from school, I had the opportunity to go to University of the South Pacific here in Vanuatu. I was thankful for the opportunity to get an education.
At this same time, I felt God had called me to do something, but I didn’t know what. During my second year at USP, I attended a Bible class offered by our local church, and God spoke to me about going to Bible college. My parents wanted me to finish my degree, so to honor their wishes, I continued in secular school. But after another year a door opened up for me to go to Bible college.
Bible college is shaping me to become the minister He has called me to be. At first my friends and family did not understand why I would discontinue my secular education for Bible college, but in time they accepted my decision.
This is my second year in Bible College, and I have learned so much! I am beginning to understand the will of God in my life and the vision is become clearer. I feel God has called me to do mission work. Going to Bible college is a dream come true for me. I am looking forward to what God has in stored for me and for His kingdom.
VANUATU: GATS Student Jeffrey Kalmanu
I was baptized in Jesus Name on the 5th of June 1990. And later received the gift of the Holy Ghost in 1993. I had a burning passion for reaching the lost, desire to honour God with my life but lacked knowledge & direction. ACTS II was the best place to mould, shape, and gain a deeper understanding in the word of God.
So, in 2002, I made the decision to move out of my home island of Malekula to the island of Efate so I could attend ACTS II. During my 3 years in Bible College I faced many challenges. There were times that I walked 7km to get to school, in all kinds of weather. I worked an afternoon job after Bible school, then walked 3 hours back home. Yet I still manage to do my evening study.
I thank God for Bible School. During that time I felt the hand of God upon my life, witnessed miracles, and saw God’s provision for my family. God’s grace is sufficient for every trial I’ve faced.
After graduating, I stayed in Port Vila. Today I am the current Pastor of an English-speaking Church in Port Vila, All Nations United Pentecostal Church.
VANUATU: Students Classroom Pictures
BELGIUM: Sven Wayenberg
My name is Sven Wayenberg; I’m married to Magalyand have a son of 17 and a daughter of 14.We live in Ninove in Belgium, which is around 20 miles east of Brussels.
I grew up in Belgium which used to be a Catholic country, but people from my generation didn’t go to church and the majority is agnostic or atheist. People would go to the Catholic Church for funerals and marriages. But this is almost the only way that people know Christianity here. So my view of God at that time was that if God would exist, He would just be the old man with the long bear who would tell you to go to the left or the right at the moment you would die. Despite all that, I was raised by my parents with the traditional values, and lived by them.
In 2006, when I was 33 years old, I came in contact with Brazilian Pentecostal church and liked the atmosphere and finally accepted Jesus as my savior and I got baptized in the titles. In 2011 I started to look for a church closer to home, and that has services in the morning because the Brazilian church had their service on Sunday evening, and it by the time we were back home, it was too late for the kids to be in bed, when they were entering primary school at that time.We ended up in a new church in the city of Aalst. It was new, but there was something powerful. For the first time we were also explained that there was a difference between the baptism in the titles and in the name of Jesus, the oneness versus the trinity. I only heard about the trinity in the Catholic Church and in the other Pentecostal church,which made me conclude that this was not a point of different views between the Christians. Therefore I was re-baptized in the name of Jesus! So I told God: “Now that I know for sure that you exist and that you are real, alive and love me, I really want to study more, and get to know you more.”.
A few months later, the Assistant Pastor Van Gorp who became now our national Vice-President, told me that the UPCB would organize a Bible school. So I signed up for it with 2 basic purposes:
1)To get to know God and the truth better,
2)To get to know what purpose my life had for God.
This was the most amazing decision and journey in my life. My hunger for God and his word were at a level that I had never experienced before. God revealed himself to me, and started to give me more and more understanding of his word. As a part of the training, I had to serve in every department of the church, Sunday-school, the PA, cleaning, and finally I had to prepare a bible study and later on my first sermon. Since that moment, I had gave weekly a Bible study and preached once every 3 weeks. All this was back in 2012 and I have graduated in 2013. In the end of 2013 another UPCB pastor wanted to open a church in the city where I live, and asked me to join him. We opened a church in January 2014, but after a few months, the pastor decided to close the church because of the little response. Ninove is a tough field where people are more in to Carnival than to Christ. Our late missionary Pr. Ciulla called me to ask me to pray about re-opening the church in Ninove. I prayed and God led me to understand that indeed He had this calling for me and I had to re-open the church. I didn’t know how and I didn’t have any people in the church. I didn’t have a microphone of whatsoever. January 2015, I started to rent a building that belongs to the city council of Ninove, and went to buy a PA system, a guitar and a 2nd hand projector. So we started as a family, inviting people to come and worship with us. Little by little people started to come. We also participate to events that are organized by the city council to have dialogue evenings between Catholics, Muslims, Evangelicals, Orthodox and us, Apostolic. Recently God opened the door to speak to 200 students between 17 and 18 years old. This would never have been possible a few years ago. Now we are 5 years further. We have a small but stable group, which is mainly young people and children.75 % of our Church is below the age of 20. These young people are full of fire for Jesus, and 5 of this groups is now following this new session of the Bible school. I hope and pray that they are inspired and led by His holy spirit, so that new ministers and new churches come out of this.Thank you for reading my testimony, I hope that I encouraged you, and please pray for us, as Belgium is not an easy field but an important field to bring the gospel to Europe and its surrounding countries.
CZECH REPUBLIC: Update by Matthew Buckland
We are so thankful for what God is doing through the work of Bible School Training in the Czech Republic!
Recently one of our Bible School students, David, was at a co-workers house to pick up some things he needed for work. He had to go to the house due to the office being closed because of COVID-19. When he arrived he asked how his co-worker was doing. He said he was not doing well. His jaw was swollen and he said he was in extreme pain. The doctors gave him pain medication but said nothing further would be done until after the pandemic had passed. David asked if he could pray for him. They prayed and when they were done the swelling had completely disappeared and the pain was gone! It is so rewarding seeing Bible School students putting their classroom learning into action and seeing the results of active faith!
Attached are pics of Bible School continuing via Zoom during the Pandemic and AIMer Bro Darren Worlow teaching a class on Bible Doctrine.