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Uganda (Kampala) August 2017

African Renewal University, Uganda, Uganda August 18 - September 2, 2017

The Holiday Term at Africa Renewal Christian College is a part of a 2-year Certificate Program for pastors, church leaders and lay-members of the church that desire to be equipped for ministry. The training attracts mature adults that are already serving in ministry and are unable to attend bible college full-time to due family, ministry and work commitments. This mature group of students provides a tremendous atmosphere for dialogue and debate as students learn how to apply God's word to their lives.

Follow along as teachers in the field offer their experiences as they share theological training with local church leaders.

Aug  25th,  2017Intro to Counseling: From Foundations to Methods

Aug 23, 2017


This trip is my second to Africa Renewal University outside of Kampala, Uganda. The fourteen students in my Introduction to Biblical Counseling class are really a great blessing to me. I trust over the next two weeks that I can be to them at least a fraction of what they are in encouragement to me.

Let me tell you a few facts and vignettes of what has happened in and after class so far:

  • Nearly all of my students are from Uganda and seek to serve their Lord in various ministry roles. One student is from Kenya and another from the especially troubled area of South Sudan. It is humbling to hear their testimonies! 
  • It has been encouraging to me to find some of the students burdened by the widespread teaching of error by many church pastors in their countries. For this trip, the TLI team brought to Uganda several cases of the book Prosperity? Seeking the True Gospel provided by The Gospel Coalition’s International Outreach Program. The plan is to distribute copies to the churches we visit on Sundays as well as providing copies for AfRU students.
  • In my counseling class the number and quality of questions being raised during class are increasing! Often I have to move discussion of some of them to ‘after-class’ time.
  • Some of the questions, though prompted by class discussion – move beyond the scope of counseling proper. For example, after completing review of a chart comparing various secular counseling methodologies, one student asked whether such a chart comparing Christianity and Islam might be a good summary tool to use in ministry. I agreed to help sketch out one, but only after the class. It was an engaging half hour, indeed. We began with the attributes of God versus Allah, the purpose of creation and mankind, the motivation to obedience, the nature of judgement, and finally, the promise (or lack thereof) of mercy and grace. 
  • Today my class wrapped up what I call “Foundational Counseling Issues” and embarked on counseling methodology. As a review, however, we met for part of our class in the IT Lab here at Africa Renewal University. Here we watched several videos by Tim Keller and John Piper. Below is a picture of the students watching and listening to John Piper explain Romans 8:37 and what it means to be “more than conquerors.”

Allan Topham

Short-term team member


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Aug  24th,  2017The Good (Providential) Hand of our God upon Us

Aug 20, 2017 

Greetings from Africa Renewal University in Buloba, Uganda—just west of the capital Kampala! After two days of travel, your TLI team of teachers arrived here by 1 AM Saturday, 8/19.

God has put together a great team for me to lead:

Tom Kehn, from Arizona, will teach New Testament Message and Theology

Phil Pike, from Ohio, will teach Spiritual Formation.

Allan Topham, from Pennsylvania, will teach Introduction to Counseling.

I, Gil Zinke, from Illinois, will teach Church Administration.


All are veteran teachers, and have taught here at ARU before.


So far the highlights of the trip for me have been:

  • My seatmates on the flights from Amsterdam to Kigali, and from Kigali to Entebbe:  Each was a young man who loves the Lord and was very interested in what we do.
  • Our Saturday evening trip into Kampala: When our van had pulled out to pass a truck, a motorcycle flashed into the narrow gap between us and the truck! Then a second motorcycle followed him! Our driver hit his horn in warning, but the second motorcycle actually struck our fender, flashed an angry look at our driver and sped on. We all instantly realized that he could have easily caromed under the wheels of the truck! Phil quickly said, “Our prayers for safe travel have been answered!” Yes, I had prayed specifically with the team that day for travel safety. Perhaps you were praying too. We praise our God! We got phone units and a delicious supper.
  • Sunday ministry: The four of us were spread among four local churches. Each of us preached. Each of us also gave out a copy of a book about the dangers of ”prosperity gospel” to a pastor or church leader. The Gospel Coalition supplied these much-needed books to us for distribution overseas.  The pastor of Shalom Church, where I was assigned, greeted me and immediately left to preach at another church. The Church Administrator led the service. There was much yelling and dancing, but only one offering. Then I preached. After the worship team sang and danced one more song, the Administrator asked me to conduct the dedication of a cute toddler. She didn’t cry when I held her!
  • The fellowship on our team, and reconnection to ARU staff and to students we have taught before.


Thank you so much for your prayers, and a special thank-you to those whose gifts have enabled us to come! For the next fourteen days we need your prayers in earnest!


For the team,

Gil Zinke

International Trainer, TLI


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Aug  22nd,  2017The Privilege of Teaching Committed Students

Aug 17, 2017

It was a joy to be welcomed back to Africa Renew University (AfRU) for my fourth time.  Training Leaders International (TLI) provides teaching staff for each AfRU Holiday Term.  These are two-week courses that provide Bible training for pastors and church leaders who cannot attend full semester classes.  Students earn a Certificate in Ministry by attending the Holiday Term classes offered three times a year.

Some students arrive early on the first day classes after traveling by bus for twenty four hours or more. The effort expended to attend AfRU is a testament to their desire to improve their knowledge of scripture and wisdom for practical application. We are humbled to teach such committed students! It also confirms the importance of TLI’s mission of training pastors and church leaders in places where pastoral training is lacking, and often non-existent.

I am teaching a course on “Spiritual Formation.”  Sixteen attend--pastors, church leaders, or ministers of music.  Nine of these were in my class in prior years; a number of my students from prior years are attending other courses.  It is a blessing to renew friendships with our Ugandan brothers and sisters in Christ!  It is also encouraging to see their spiritual growth as they complete classes while continuing to minister to their villages. 

One of the highlights for me is the opportunity to preach in the village churches.  It was special to preach yesterday at King of Kings Ministries. I had established a friendship with their Pastor Julius on prior trips.  The people were warm and welcoming.  The worship service included spirited African worship singing and dancing by adults and children.  My message was from Psalm 31:1-5 and entitled “The Lord is my Refuge.”  

I feel privileged to once again partner, through TLI, with a special team of gifted and experienced instructors, building friendships and sharing in the ministry of training faithful church leaders, who will be able to teach others also. Please pray for our teaching ministry over the next two weeks.

Phillip Pike

Short-term Team Member


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