In 2014 we started a new program to train youth ministers who could in turn train others in the East African country of Tanzania. Since then, YMI professors have been traveling to Mwanza to teach 11 students the Youth Ministry Discipline at Nassa Theological College.
Most recently, Frank Mills, our Director of Missionary Care, who spent 8 years training youth workers in Kenya, went to teach a course titled: Specialty Programming – Youth Camps and Mission Trips. The following week, Daniel Broyles, the president of YMI’s board of directors, taught the course on Ministry to Youth and Family.
Each of the eleven students in the program are doing great work both in the classroom and in their ministries, and we are looking forward to seeing how God is going to use them in the future. Two of the students, Nyuma and Yusufu, are responsible for directing the youth ministry to the churches in the Gaita Diocese of the African Inland Church. That Diocese includes 500 churches. When Frank asked them how many young people attend those churches, Nyumu said, “Tens of thousands.”
The eleven students in the program represent twenty-one churches with over 1100 young people attending just those churches. Add to that the leadership of Yusufu and Nyuma in the Gaita Diocese, and you can see how YMI’s training is affecting tens of thousands of young people in East Africa. Praise God!
These students will finish their program in January 2017, and they will, in turn, begin teaching youth ministry to the next generation of those who will be impacting young people throughout Tanzania. Please pray that they will take the principles they learned and put them into practice in their local churches so that many more young people will follow Jesus and grow in Him.