In 2015 we attended the AGATESA (Assemblies of God Association of Theological Education in Southern Asia) conference in June held in Delhi, India. We met many of the Graduate Book Set recipient school’s administration during this trip.
August and September we traveled to Kitengela, Kenya to process books and set up shelving for a new school. We spent two weeks. From Kitengela we traveled to Libreville, Gabon to help process and set up the library of a new school which just started classes this last January.
In November we attended the ICETE (International Council for Evangelical Theological Education) held in Antalya, Turkey. We were able to meet many new partners in education and share how 4WRD could partner with them.
January 2016 had us heading to southern Africa to help with two library projects one at the Global School of Theology in Rustenburg, South Africa and Assemblies of God Bible College in Maseru, Lesotho. We helped restructure their libraries and process books that they had received from Evangel University which came from the Central Bible College Library via Africa’s Hope. We were also able to bless these schools with much needed equipment and supplies. In Rustenburg we purchased a computer and supplies. In Lesotho we brought two CPU’s with us (donated by Africa’s Hope) and we purchased keyboards, mice, Internet modems with internet time, a printer, a UPS, a desk, an office chair and a vast amount of supplies.
West Africa Advanced School of Theology (WAAST) is in the process of remodeling and expanding their library. We have partnered with Africa Library Services in sending 1,000s of books to them. Glenna and I along with Rev Ruthie Oberg visited the school to help them process over 1,700 books. A few hundred books were repaired. Some instruction to the library staff on the use of indexes and other resources took place informally.
Our yearly container to India with Graduate Book Sets and books for libraries is on schedule to ship in September or close to it. Pray with us as this project is complex. Over the years we have helped up 28 schools provide graduate study sets to as many as 866 graduates. In addition over 42 Bible school libraries have received books. You can help us fund a Graduate Book Set. The ESV Fire Bible costs us $12.50 each. The South Asia Bible Commentary adds another $11.50. Over the years our average cost for a GBS is $35 for close to $200 worth of retail books. Be sure to designate your gift for GBS India.
Donations of Books
2017 So Far
In February, 4WRD donated a copy of Craig Keener’s Spirit Hermeneutics to representatives of 48 schools attending the Africa Pentecostal Theological Education Conference in Johannesburg. Many thanks to Craig! Glenna and I used the opportunity to broadcast the services of 4WRD and discuss how 4WRD might help schools. We specifically met with representatives from South Africa, Malawi, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Botswana, and Tanzania about specific issues.
4WRD supplied Vida Plena (Fire Bibles in Spanish) for the graduates of Caribbean Theological Bible College in Puerto Rico through a grant from Assemblies of God Home Missions. This marks a decade of this partnership.
Working with Africa’s Hope we shipped out 2 pallets of nearly 5,000 books to The Gambia for their new Bible school. Glenna and I hope to visit The Gambia in July/August to help set up the processes and procedures for that library. Revs. Scott and LaVonna Ennis are our contacts there and will host us. We can use 2 people to help us on this trip. Email for details.
Upcoming Projects for 2017
The Lord willing, May will find us in South Africa again to help sort a 22,000 theological library into smaller libraries to meet a changing need in South African theological education. After a week of sorting we go again to Rustenburg to help train a librarian there and get the library ready for its dedication.
Bill Boyer, missionary to the Philippines asked 4WRD to help him build up a library for a new school in the island of Mindanao. So far we packed 4,000 books. Our goal is 6,000. Mindanao Training Center breaks the mold of a slow growth library!
One of the weak links in theological education in Africa is getting French written resources into the Bible school libraries. After visiting WAAST in Togo last year, I am burdened to help get some of the latest and best French books in to these strategically located schools that reach a population of over 290 million Africans. You will hear more of this as the year goes on.
Malawi Assemblies of God leadership plans to create a pastoral training center in each of its 33 districts. 4WRD is hoping to provide a library of 1,000 books for each of these schools. Already, Lynn Anderson packed 6 sets of books by standard Evangelical and Pentecostal authors. Our plans are to pack another 4 before the end of April. Malawi leaders in charge of this project repeatedly asked, “Please send us more books!” Pray with us that a means of shipping is found and that another 23,000 books are provided to meet this need.
Our ongoing service of providing new books at reduced prices for missionaries, national pastors, and Bible schools means that we are shipping constantly a few books here and a few more there. Recently we shipped to Tonga, Fiji, Jamaica, Kenya, and Togo in addition to those mentioned in earlier articles.