Updates from the Mission – January 2021
Thank you for launching us into a new year!
By Doug McNutt
How can we say thanks to God for all the amazing things he has done?
How can we say thank you to all of you — our beloved donors and prayer patrons — who have equipped us and provided everything we needed to launch into a new year, excited at the opportunity God has given us to restart seminary classes in Africa this January?
What new kingdom horizons are there in your life? What new hope do you have for this year? We pray Psalm 37:4 over you today: “Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desire of your hearts!”
I leave on January 29th to help launch the re-start of our accredited theology courses in Uganda, as well as our certificate courses in Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda. Please pray for me as I will be there for 1 month. Pray for health and protection for me and our students against COVID-19 and for spiritual strength!
1. PRAY FOR OUR ACCREDITED SEMINARY CLASSES AS THEY BEGIN THE FIRST WEEK OF FEBRUARY
2. PRAY FOR FRED KABENGE, OUR PRINCIPAL AS HE RECRUITS THE FINAL STUDENTS FOR OUR INAUGURAL CLASS
3. PRAY FOR PROTECTION FROM COVID FOR DOUG AND THE TEAM AS THEY ARE IN AFRICA
Fly the Plane!
By Pete Anderson
Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 was a scheduled flight from New York to Miami. Shortly before midnight on December 29, 1972, the jet crashed into the Florida Everglades, causing 101 fatalities. The pilots and the flight engineer, two of 10 flight attendants, and 96 of 163 passengers died; 75 passengers and crew survived. The crash occurred while the entire cockpit crew was preoccupied with a burnt-out landing gear indicator light. They failed to notice that the autopilot had inadvertently been disconnected, and as a result, the aircraft gradually lost altitude and crashed.
Those in charge forgot to fly the plane! Their focus was not on the main thing. The same pattern can be seen in missions. People often forget what is important. In 2021, TCWM will keep the main thing the main thing. The main thing in missions is the great commission. Thus TCWM’s laser focus over the next 10 years will be: “For the glory of Christ and in His strength, we will plant seminaries which will equip pastors who will plant churches which will make disciples.”
We ask for your prayers and financial support as we go forward with joy and expectation following Christ’s priority.
Pastor Pete Anderson
“The Church in Africa is on the rise as the gospel is actively going out to many unreached people groups around the continent. The desire and passion to reach the population with the Christian message are very much seen in many parts of the continent.
However, one of the biggest concerns about this endeavor lies in the quality of the message being carried across the nations and the kind of end products that are being realized.
Many of the church leaders involved in the proclamation of the gospel message lack a good and solid Biblical and theological foundation, and so either intentionally or unintentionally are contributing significantly to the production of a growing, but ill-prepared church characterized by syncretism and nominal Christianity, which can hardly withstand the increasing threats of Islamic Fundamentalism and the numerous liberal trends that are beginning to hit the continent like wildfires.
The fragile spiritual landscape of the church leadership in Africa, therefore, calls for an urgent intervention if the African Church is to be spared from the above-mentioned threats and dangers. This is where TCWM/TBI exactly fits into the overall picture of Africa’s critical problem. With its goal of training men and women in sound biblical teaching, TCWM/TBI comes in as part of the much-needed solution in addressing this predicament of the African Church.” – Principal Fred Kabenge