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We have heard the truth”

heard the truth, Christian Aid Ministries

Hundreds of pastors in Haiti do their best to lead their churches but have received very little sound teaching themselves. That is why pastors and other men come from all over Haiti to hear the truth at CAM’s Biblical Discipleship Center. The lessons they study emphasize things like practical Christian living, marriage, family life, and spiritual warfare.

“We have heard the truth and now we have a responsibility to preach the truth,” said a Haitian pastor who recently attended a three-week seminar. God’s Word took root in his heart and gave him a desire to share what he learned with his home community.

The director of the Biblical Discipleship Center in Haiti wrote, “We are able to pray with each other about wayward children, financial struggles, sins that need to be confessed, and other burdens. When the Bible is opened, it softens our hearts so we can hear each other and hear God.”

“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2).

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Sharing life-changing truth in Liberia

in Liberia, Christian Aid Ministries

The Biblical Discipleship Center in Liberia shines a new light into the lives of men who have grown up surrounded by ungodly practices. Subjects like immorality, drug and alcohol abuse, and demonic rituals are topics many of them had little teaching about before attending the classes.

People notice the change in these men’s lives as they put the teachings into practice. “It is amazing—some of the changes we are seeing in these men,” shared the director overseeing the center in Liberia.

Biblical Discipleship Centers funding needs

2021 budget  $685,000
Funds received YTD $64,975
Remaining funds needed $620,025

Kelvin’s testimony proclaims the marvelous changes Christ can bring. Rebels killed Kelvin’s father during the Liberian civil war. Without a father to guide him, he became heavily addicted to drugs, alcohol, and immorality. He ended up in prison repeatedly after stealing and dishonestly acquiring money to satisfy his addictions. Kelvin faced depression and shattered relationships with friends and family. He testified, “My life was a complete mess. I was in total darkness.”

Despite this darkness, God showed Himself faithful. With a friend’s guidance, Kelvin repented and began changing his sinful lifestyle. He attended multiple three-week seminars at CAM’s Biblical Discipleship Center in Liberia, where he received teaching about how to overcome addictions through Christ. Kelvin also learned other valuable lessons about victorious Christian living.

Kelvin compares his life to the children of Israel. Like the Israelites, he wandered in a “barren wilderness” for years because of disobedience. The road to victory has not been easy, but by God’s amazing grace, today Kelvin says, “I have Christ in my life now. Even if I die . . . I know I have a place in heaven with my Father.” Please pray that he would continue to live in freedom from his addictions and be a testimony to those around him.

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Teaching Liberians about Jesus

about Jesus, Christian Aid Ministries

John was the oldest student to ever attend seminars at CAM’s Biblical Discipleship Center in Liberia. He didn’t know his date of birth but thought he might be in his eighties. John said he never knew that Jesus was God’s Son until he came to the discipleship center last November. On July 9, 2020, John passed away. He left an encouraging testimony to many people who knew him. We praise God that John had the opportunity to learn about Jesus as his Savior before he died.

CAM’s Biblical Discipleship Centers are intended for church leaders, but many of the men who come to the sessions know little about basic Bible teachings. Our goal is to immerse these men in sound Bible teaching so they are equipped to return to their home communities and influence those around them for Christ.

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Bible teaching for national church leaders

Bible teaching, Scripture Education, Christian Aid Ministries

At the close of a recent session at the Nicaragua Biblical Discipleship Center. One pastor shared, “I have been to many seminars but never one like you are providing. The Bible teaching is the pure Word of God.”

CAM’s Biblical Discipleship program started from a vision to help national church leaders grow in their personal walk with God and to expand their knowledge of Bible principles. In many parts of the world, Christ-centered teaching is rare. Even church leaders are often unaware of basic Biblical doctrines. The topics for three-week discipleship seminars in Nicaragua, Liberia, and Haiti focus on repentance, moral integrity, and church leadership.

Apostle Paul instructed Timothy: “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). Equipping leaders with proper knowledge of God’s Word is a crucial part of advancing His kingdom.

“I learned that the grace of God is revealed in the Old Testament as well as in the New Testament.”

A group of men recently completed six three-week sessions at the Liberia discipleship center. Many of them made confessions after hearing the teaching. Some renounced covenants made with the demonic world. Others understood for the first time that Jesus is the Son of God. These men want to make things right with others and walk faithfully. The seminars are intense times for them to dig into God’s Word. Requiring a lot of sacrifice on their part to go through the whole series. Yet the brotherhood built among the attendees has a powerful effect upon their lives.

In Haiti, the discipleship center is currently unable to operate because of the political unrest, but nationals are anxious to have it reopened. Please pray that the political unrest would be resolved and that the discipleship center could soon be opened again. We have a waiting list of Haitian church leaders who wish to attend.

The need for sound Bible teaching in Nicaragua, Liberia, and Haiti remains strong. Pray for the national church leaders as they return to their churches and families and teach by word and example what they have learned.

This program has significant funding needs and we would be most grateful for your help.

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Godly leaders in Liberia

Godly leaders in Liberia

As the second year of Liberia’s Biblical Discipleship Center unfolds, Godly leaders testify of changed lives. Men give testimonies of stronger marriages. Pastors preach with a deeper understanding of Scripture.

The pure truth of God’s Word is setting people free in a culture where devil worship and false doctrines are often mixed with Christianity. False beliefs are prevalent in Liberia, largely because of the low comprehension of English, their second language, and the illiteracy rate that makes people vulnerable to the beliefs of others. Because many people are not able to read the Bible, they are often taken advantage of and believe doctrines that bring gain to those teaching them.

Biblical Discipleship Center goal: To equip men for godly leadership.

Many of the teachings at the Biblical Discipleship Center are new concepts to the men who attend. They are amazed to learn that the Old Testament isn’t just stories, but shows God working to bring the Deliverer to man. The ideas of restitution, headship order, and a leader taking the role of a servant are mostly foreign concepts to the men who attend these sessions.
One pastor shared that he never apologized to his family or anyone else until he heard the truths about child training and humility. He returned home and apologized to his son for mistreating him, and begged for his forgiveness.
Within the six three-week sessions, Liberian men are immersed in teaching on salvation, practical Christian living, spiritual warfare, marriage and family life, Biblical doctrines, and Biblical leadership. Each weekend, some of the men return home to be with their families. For some, it’s a short distance, but for others, it takes up to twelve hours by taxi!

Their dedication and hunger for truth is inspiring. But these men need our prayers as they return to their villages. They face temptations from the enemy of our souls and experience pressures from society around them. Many of the men are criticized for returning with new doctrines. Pray that these Godly leaders in Liberia reflect Jesus and shine God’s light into the darkness around them!

“And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine.” Matthew 7:28

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Biblical Discipleship Center

Discipleship Centers

These Haitian church leaders listen to the teacher at the Biblical Discipleship Center at CAM’s base in Titanyen, Haiti. Pastors do the best they can to lead their congregations, but many of them do not understand basic Bible doctrines. The teaching at this center helps bring to light things that once seemed foggy. In other cases, it introduces truths that had never been revealed to the pastors. Praise God for the deep cleansing and conviction He has brought in the hearts of the attendees!