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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.

Field Notes   Uganda (Kampala) August 2017

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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  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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