by Joe Delport, IPHC Missionary & Director of ASM Africa
How many of us would be willing to sleep on a concrete floor for two weeks, with only a reed mat to alleviate some of the discomforts? November of last year, 28 students from different regions of Malawi came to Lilongwe, the capital city, for two weeks of ministerial training. They sacrificed a lot in order to gain knowledge and spiritual impartation. At the end of the training, 21 of them graduated with diplomas. To qualify for a diploma, students must complete five cycles of three subjects each. Rev. Althea Meyer has been directing Advance School of Ministry (ASM) in Malawi for a number of years, and she has been doing an excellent job. She has now relinquished this position to Rev. Charity Mkamanga who is very qualified to direct the program.
ASM has been a vital tool for training leaders in various countries in Africa. Many church leaders have graduated from the program, some of them becoming National Overseers. In Malawi, the ASM diploma is a prerequisite for leaders before obtaining their ministerial license and ordination. ASM has made a great impact on church growth and leadership development, which is much needed in third world countries.
The greatest need we have is monthly financial assistance. Many of the students have God’s calling upon their lives, but struggle to attend the training due to financial restraints. Each student has to raise $30 for their books and food for the two weeks of training. If you can assist with any monthly contribution, it will make a huge difference in helping some of the students become better equipped for ministry. You can give online here or your donation can be sent to World Missions Ministries Division, earmarked with project number 98021P – Advance School of Ministry Africa.