Graduation celebration

Eight dedicated learners from a nation in southern Africa celebrated graduation this summer with joyful worship. They’d completed a course of training through More than a Mile Deep (MMD), Entrust’s ministry partner in the southern part of Africa. MMD’s training in this country is accredited by South African Theological Seminary and is both highly academic and deeply practical. God is using MMD to transform lives, churches and communities. Congratulations, graduates! Know that your brothers and sisters around the world are praying for you as you carry on your ministries for God’s glory.

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Graduation celebration

More than a mile deep

Christianity that spreads rapidly but doesn’t make a difference in how people live is sometimes described as “a mile wide and an inch deep.” Thus, African Christians serving with Entrust have chosen to call their leadership development initiative More than a Mile Deep (MMD).

From philosophy to curriculum, from course writing to course facilitation, MMD is entirely African directed. The training is accredited and non-formal. Each course is designed with biblical integrity and with the intent of individual, church and community transformation. Many of the courses utilize Action-Reflection-Action (ARA) methodology.

Find out more about MMD and lives impacted by the training at the link below.

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More than a mile deep

Seeing beyond

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“Before I enrolled in MMD courses, I thought what God expected of me as a Christian educator was to be a good teacher for my class,” Samson* told me, explaining how he would go out of his way to meet the intellectual needs of his pupils.

But when he started taking MMD courses, it was as if God opened his eyes to see what he did not see before. Previously, whether the children had food to eat at their homes did not concern him. Whether the children had good uniforms to wear to school … he did not see as his concern. Samson says now he can see the children’s needs, beyond their intellectual needs.

In addition to teaching, Samson enjoys farming. He has one hectare of land where he raises vegetables for his family and raises chickens. Samson gave some of his land to five of his pupils. The children are now raising their own vegetables, meaning they have vegetables to eat and to sell for money to buy books and other things. The children’s performance in school has changed since they started to earn their own income, Samson says. They’ve developed self-confidence and self-respect.

Samson told me he now understands the meaning of “transforming communities through holistic engagement,” one of MMD’s goals. “Indeed,” he told me, “MMD ministry is ministry to a complete person, just like Jesus’ ministry.” – Elesinah Chauke, More than a Mile Deep (MMD) course writer and facilitator

Read more at www.entrust4.org/201709SL

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Seeing beyond

More than a Mile Deep

2017 05 26 - Samuel Ajayi CrowtherSamuel Ajayi Crowther would fit right in with More than a Mile Deep (MMD), Entrust’s ministry partner in Africa.

Ajayi Crowther was born in Nigeria in 1809, sold into slavery at about age 12, bound off to South America, freed before he got there by the British and returned to Sierra Leone (not his home country). In Sierra Leone, he became a Christian, a Bible teacher and eventually a missionary back to his homeland, taking dangerous ministry trips up the Niger River. He became the first Anglican bishop in Africa.

Bishop Crowther emphasized true repentance and obedience to Christ, not what some would call “cheap grace.” He aimed to equip local leaders to carry on the ministry. He sought holistic transformation – helping to establish schools and local businesses wherever he went – while keeping the gospel central to all he did.

That’s MMD! Check it out at www.entrust4.org/mmd.

More than a Mile Deep

More than a Mile Deep

Four key leaders in your church are caring for family members who have HIV/AIDs, while two of your elders have just been diagnosed with the disease. Many of the teens in your church can’t afford to go to school, are unemployed and have lots of time on their hands. Ethnic and tribal strife threaten to undo unity in the congregation.

Sound familiar? Maybe not so much if you live in North America. But for a pastor in southern Africa, this is all too familiar. Entrust’s African ministry partner, More than a Mile Deep (MMD), provides African church leaders with ministry training – training designed by Africans for Africans. Learn more about it.

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More than a Mile Deep

Burundi

Burundi. Ever heard of it? It’s a small African nation full of disproportionate amounts of strife. Entrust’s Asèle Nduwimana presses on, writing and editing ministry training courses about topics relevant to local church leaders, poised to get out among the people again as soon as the situation is safe.

Find out more about this intrepid lady and this nation which is eternally precious to God. on Page 9 of our Engage eMagazine, https://indd.adobe.com/view/835dfaf7-bd6e-4e4c-8630-0bf32a89ee61

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