BGMC Passport to Africa's Hope
Hello, boys and girls! I can't wait for you to travel with me to Africa this month. We're going to visit Africa's Hope. Africa's Hope is a ministry helping throughout Africa.
Get your BGMC Passport ready! Print your BGMC Passport for this month (like the one picture above) by opening the "Passport for Africa's Hope" below.
I have lots of information to share that you can add to your BGMC Passport Binder.
Get buckled up. We're ready for take-off. 1-2-3, here we go!
What if you went to church, and the pastor or your teacher didn't know much at all about God or the Bible? In many churches in Africa, this happens. Lots of people are hearing about Jesus and want to live for Him. They may mix up what they know about the Bible with what their old religions taught them. They need a pastor who has studied God's Word and who can teach them to live right.
Kossi has recently graduated from an African Bible school, thanks to Africa's Hope and BGMC. Now he can teach others about the Bible and lead many to Jesus.
The Africa Library Services Office (ALSO) team helps schools to get books and other materials at low prices. They help schools decide which books are the most important to have, so they can start with those. They teach them how to set up a library properly. ALSO also helps schools get computer equipment and software to help students, teachers, and office workers at the schools.
There are almost 90 Assemblies of God Bible schools in Africa. Some have library books and textbooks. In others, only the teacher has a book, and students take notes on everything he says. Africa's Hope helps schools in a lot of different ways.
Not all Bible training happens in classrooms in Bible schools. Some people learn in training programs where they meet for a week or two for classes. There are nearly 200 programs like this, called "extension Bible schools," around Africa. They are training about 7,000 people to do God's work!
Africa's Hope helps many schools and pastors get good Bible-study materials. Here are some examples:
- Study Bibles. The Full Life Study Bible, also called the "Fire Bible," has all kinds of notes and articles to help people understand the Bible and the Holy Spirit. The Fire Bible is in French and Portuguese too, which many Africans speak.
- MegaVoice recordings. In the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it's hard to get Bibles and textbooks, and some people can't read. For pastors there, Africa's Hope is sending MegaVoice players. These are little machines powered by the sun, with the New Testament recorded on them in the Lingala language.
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