We have a real desire to engage with Christian organisations that make a real change to the lives of individuals and communities. Not only do many of our lecturers have a passion to support those on the margins but to actually contribute to those helping others. Sharing the gospel is not just about proclamations it's about reclamation, recovering the lost sheep is because you care that the sheep have been lost in the first instance. Caring is also about provision, just as was the case for the restoration of the victim on the road to Jericho. Why not take a short moment, to find out more about some (not all) of the organisations we support in Kingdom ministries throughout the world.
A PREGNANCY CRISIS CENTER FOCUSED ON LOVE FAITH AND HOPE IN THE HEART OF UGANDA
"Wakisa Ministries was born out of Mrs Vivian Kityo’s vision and passion for young women with unwanted pregnancies and has grown to embrace a number of such girls who are traumatized, confused and rejected owing to their condition from all regions in Uganda. Wakisa Ministries was formed in August 2005 by the Mighty Hand of God when He blessed and established the work of our hands."
The vision of Wakisa ministries is to work with a "generation of young people (enabling them to be) free from the impact of wars and early sexual behaviour, (so that they can) live with hope for a brighter future that the gospel of Christ offers.
Their stated objective is, "the promotion of dignity and self esteem of young girls in Uganda with crisis pregnancy while addressing their emotional, physical and spiritual well being. This is achieved by providing temporary shelter, counselling and care services, providing opportunities for Christian growth and discipleship and equipping them with life and vocational skills, thus transforming lives of this vulnerable group."
Amazingly with God's help and the support of others Wakisa Ministires has been able to (as of 2021) provide shelter for 1720 girls, deliver 1650 babies, host 35 events and get 165 girls back in school. However, the testimony of girls helped by the ministry is a huge encouragement to all those involved in it.
Nanyombi Dinacame to Wakisa Ministries at the age of 20; this was after being raped by her boss where she was working as a house maid. This is her story;
When Dina completed her senior six her parents could not raise school fees for her further studies, she decided to look for a job such that she could get money and go back to school. She then found a pastor‘s wife who tookher home to work as a house maid. The so called pastor first promised to give her school fees in disguise and later on raped her. She was stranded having nowhere to go; Dina decided to come to Wakisa Ministries from where she was given a home.
Dina’s time at Wakisa was a transformation to her life because she acquired vocational skills like tailoring, cookery, candle making from which she picked interest in candle making, after going through school and attaining a degree as an accountant, she later joined the Wakisa staff team where she taught the girl candle making and helped with the financial management.
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We first became aware of a local charity called Spud Bears just a few years ago. In the words of Chris, its founding director, he writes, "we use Solar Powered Animatronic talking Spud Bears to share the message of God's love and health teaching to children in the developing world". He then goes on to state, "The name 'Spud Bears' came from one little 8-year-old girl, named Lanni. When I told her I was from a place called Ireland she said that she knew that we liked to eat potatoes there. I told her we called them spuds and she decided to call her bear Spud Bear. I was so sad to hear that Lanni had passed away a short while after I returned home, but I decided to name the ministry after her teddy bear...Spud Bear".
These cute and cuddly bears are distributed to Hospitals, Clinics, Orphanages and Schools in the developing world to bring comfort and happiness to Children in the name of Jesus and at TTA we are delighted to be part of that mission. To find out a little more about their ministry click on the following link, spud bear ministries
STEGE is otherwise known as, the Eternal Joy Evangelical Theological Seminary. It is an online college based in Colombia and TTA is proud to work in partnership with them. STEGE is also run by volunteer staff who help facilitate the training of lay and ordained ministries in reaching Colombia for Christ.
So I asked Sam, the operational director at STEGE the following questions.
1. What are STEGE's primary objectives and goals?
The purpose of STEGE
is to provide free theological education for pastors and church leaders in the most remote areas of Latin America where opportunities for theological education and resources are scarce or inaccessible. By taking advantage of the quickly developing online digital technologies as well as web access in remote Latin American regions (which accelerated through the COVID pandemic), STEGE
offers free theology courses, theological resources in digital format, and weekly devotional content in web articles and video format for any Spanish speakers interested in learning about the Bible and growing spiritually in Christ.
2. What geographical region do your students mainly come from?
The students who have registered with STEGE
are from 32 different countries. Most of the students come from Spanish-speaking countries.
3. How many students do you currently have?
Currently, we have had 585 online students. We average around 20-40 students registering each month to try out our courses.
4. What courses are they taking?
We are currently offering Spanish courses on:
- Historical Books
- Reading of Scripture
- Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics
- Introduction to Biblical Counseling
- Advanced Methods in Biblical Counseling
- Spiritual Formation I
- Spiritual Formation II
- Spiritual Formation III
5. What are your goals for the future?
Our most immediate goals include designing more courses, obtaining funding to hire more "local" qualified instructors, and acquiring access to accreditation (whether directly or indirectly through another institution).
6. What are the obstacles to fulfilling your vision?
Our biggest obstacle is the lack of qualified people that are able to assist in fulfilling our goals.
7. How can others help you in achieving your goals?
Prayer for God's provision of the right people to assist with this ministry is our biggest need.
Timeless publication now incorporated into Timeless Theological Academy have been supportive of the work of Open Doors. In a world where freedom to express your Christian faith is not always easy, Open Doors have worked tirelessly in trying to support and advocate for those who have had such rights and opportunities denied. In their words, "Every day, millions of Christians risk their lives to follow Jesus. In more than 60 countries, Open Doors supports them by supplying Bibles, providing emergency relief and helping persecuted believers stand strong for the long-term. In the UK and Ireland, Open Doors helps the church to pray, give and speak out for those who share our faith but not our freedom".
Please consider the vital and important work they undertake and support them prayerfully and financially. If you want to find out more about who they are and what they do, please follow this link click here