So, Mike, tell us about the future of the ministry you are leaving in Central Africa…
In what state are you leaving the work in E.G.?
The IBCP seminary has been in existence for 25-years. For the first time in its history the board of directors is comprised completely of Africans. The land and building are paid off. The professors are all experienced Guinean pastors who are graduate of the seminary.
Erin trained four national nurses to run a free clinic and teach public health education. She gave lots of experience and medical supplies to allow the nurses to replicate her work.
How is the seminary doing?
The seminary has two campuses, one in the capital city of Malabo and one where we lived, in Bata. The Malabo campus is small and has strong leadership and is financially viable. The Bata campus is larger. It has a strong leadership team, but struggles financially.
What do you see God doing there after you leave?
For the first time the seminary will be dependent completely on national leadership and national financing. This change will stretch the board, but they are ready to accept the challenge. This will enable the seminary to truly have theological education taught by Guineans, to Guineans, and supported by Guinean church. The seminary will adopt a more African methodology and culture.
How can we pray for your soon-to-be former mission field?
The quality of the board and professors is not in question. That is their strong suit. The organization, administration, and financing of the seminary will be challenged. Pray God fortifies the Guinean board of directors to plan, budget, and lead well, without loosing their truly African flare.