The story he shares surrounds what God has done in the small church of his friend named Konstantin. Konstantin is a student of TMAI’s school in Ukraine who pastors a small church in the north of the country. His war-time ministry was first mentioned in TMAI’s August 2022 prayer email, and now his friend shares more of how God enabled Konstantin’s church to weather the war.
TMAI currently operates schools in various countries throughout the 10/40 Window, and the influence of these training centers extends well beyond their physical location. Not only can students from across the 10/40 Window join our programs, but, once trained, they can also go back out to spread the gospel among their native people and throughout neighboring countries, where Christ is rarely known.
Early this year, a ministry partner of TMAI in Croatia received an email that read like an SOS. Through his internet connection on his home island, 17-year-old Luka* reached out asking where he could attend a faithful church. And as Theological Biblical Academy (TBA) began to correspond with Luka, they discovered just how spiritually isolated he is.
“One of the reasons we stayed in Ukraine after the invasion,” said a TMAI professor and missionary, “is because we hoped the Lord would save more people as a result of the war.”
Men like Julio come to TMAI because they love God’s word, and when they return to their churches, they often see the Lord use His word in remarkable ways.
Miguel has a heart to equip others with the word, there were several years in which he and his church were not doctrinally aligned. The church held certain practices that were not driven by the Bible, and it pained Miguel because the church was also struggling through a time of trial. “We desperately needed to implement changes,” he thought.
Believers who live under constant threat and discrimination face intense temptations to grow weak and discouraged. What they need more than anything is the strength that comes from an ever-deepening faith in the gospel (Eph 3:14–19), and that’s why Christ equips His Church with local pastors who can help His body grow (Eph 4:11–16).
It’s easy to feel the world around us is growing more and more complex.
With so many issues and challenges demanding our attention, it can be hard to focus on the right things. In all the chaos, clarity and purpose can be tough to find. And yet, Paul reminds us that we must not be led away from “the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ” (2 Cor 11:3). When we keep the glory of Christ our primary goal, we will find the focus that we need to lead us forward.
It’s clear that God has led TMAI into a time of increased international opportunities.
Last year, we tallied approximately 55 doors that the Lord opened for future ministry. Though exciting, the complexity of it all is sinking in. As our schools continue to expand and indigenize across cultures, we are seeing an increasing need to resource more languages. And yet, the opportunities keep coming, and when we stop to consider what’s before us, it’s not hard to feel the weight of it all.
It’s impossible to state how crucial a tool this is—to have a complete systematic theology…It’s the best gift you can give church leadership.
“…in order to make a real movement take place I think there has to be more than preaching. I think there has to be writing. And I think people have got to have—in front of them—words that aren’t flying by…words that are frozen on a page. And that lends itself to their thoughtful consideration of those words.”
Alongside preaching, the ability to publish the truth in the common tongue proved to be a major powerhouse behind Luther’s work in the Reformation, and over the past 30 years, we’ve seen this precedent ring true in the work of our Training Centers around the world. Even more than conferences and radio broadcasting, the publication and distribution of good books has brought some of the most enduring fruit to the field that I’ve ever seen. This is why nearly every one of our 18 schools (with over 2,200 students) is engaged in the work of indigenous publishing. They know what happens when people have God’s word explained to them in their own language.
“We must look for every legitimate opportunity to maximize our own in-country network and get the best theological tools into the hands of local church leaders. We obviously don’t want to mimic these false teaching ministries, but we must continue to cultivate a proactive posture toward resourcing the global church.”
In many countries around the world, gifted pastors haven’t been shown how to preach. Although they are called by God and commanded to train others (2 Tim 2:2), few of them have been trained themselves in how to explain the word from their pulpits. And unless something is done for them, the churches of tomorrow could wind up spiritually starved.
In 2020, we established the Global Publications Department (GPD) to relieve our schools of their burdens and still make sure they get great books. Led by Rick Kress, the GPD now streamlines the publication and distribution of indigenous biblical resources for all our schools around the world.
You may not know Eduardo, but supporters like you—who pray and give to our Berea Training Center in Spain—have been used by God to help revitalize Eduardo’s church. Were Berea Seminary not to exist today, Eduardo’s church might look very different.
This kind of teaching wasn’t what they were accustomed to. And what was Pastor Joseph saying now? That speaking in tongues wasn’t a necessary proof of salvation? That women shouldn’t be pastors? What would he think of next? And how odd it was that Pastor Joseph seemed content just to explain the Bible in his “sermons.” He wasn’t even trying to emulate Kenneth Copeland or Benny Hinn anymore.
In the past year alone, God has opened doors geographically. He has opened doors relationally. And most importantly, He has opened doors spiritually…Now that so many doors are opening up, we need to continue trusting God to provide the men who will walk through them.
Recent news reports state that Ukrainian combat missions in Mariupol have ceased as the city falls into Russian hands. However, we also received news that