Helping godly pastors LEARN in Zimbabwe

Helping godly pastors LEARN in Zimbabwe

The challenge of standing up to the prosperity gospel is being met head-on by the creative work of Serving In Mission's LEARN project.

Serving In Mission workers Geoff Donaldson and married couple Mark and Lorraine Armstrong have developed the programme, which is run as an SIM project, for use by pastors in Zimbabwe.

They have just launched a video of the project (see below), which was first shown during the Armstrongs' commissioning service at their sending church, Bethany Baptist in Bangor, Northern Ireland, earlier this month (January, 2019).

The fundamental aim of LEARN (Leaders Equipping and Resourcing Network) is to provide pastors across the country, and especially those in rural locations, with the resources they need to better understand and teach the gospel.

Mark explained; "We are aiming to give the pastors a tablet, complete with cover and solar charger, loaded with up to 50 books so they can teach and explain the Bible accurately and confidently.

"We hope it will equip leaders with adequate resources and knowledge to counter the emergence and rapid growth of Islam and other religions as the Zimbabwean government tries to promote multi-faithism. 

"The project therefore promotes and strengthens effective discipleship through and by the Zimbabwean church as it strengthens Christian values in individuals, families, churches and society as a whole.

"We want to see it develop into a continuing network of support, through which pastors can get more and more resources and so strengthen the church."

Mark has also been instrumental in designing an app for the project, which has been built by a friend of his. Through the app, the leaders can monitor who is reading what and how their teaching programmes are being used.

The first tablets are already in the hands of pastors and the ultimate goal is to deliver more than 1,300 across the country.

Click here to read more about the project and click here to give to the project. Please quote Project number 96396.

Please pray

  • For spiritual wisdom about how to drive LEARN forward and get the tablets into the hands of more pastors.

  • For God's guidance and patience in dealing with the logistics of getting the tablets into the country.

  • That the pastors would use LEARN to better disciple their churches.

Tim Allan