SCHOOL OF EVANGELISM
ABOUT OUR PROGRAM
The Evangelism School offers two sessions each year. Each session is almost five full months of a work-study program. Classroom lessons are each morning, and agriculture and work program each afternoon, along with evening activities. Almost 30 students attend each session from all over Tanzania and some from outside Tanzania. Students come to this school to grow in their own spiritual walk with God and to learn how to share with others the love of God. Students have four weeks of Health Evangelism training in basic skills how to mingle with people desiring their good, to show people their sympathy, minister to people’s needs (physically, mentally and spiritually), to win their confidence through their ministration – THEN to invite them to follow Jesus. They learn simple practical health principles of nutrition, exercise, sunshine, water, temperance, air, rest and trusting in God. They also learn sanitation principles and practical improvements, and much more. After health evangelism training other classes cover deeper Bible studies on specific spiritual lessons, cooperation, and other important lessons. Before the end of each session, students and staff go out on two-three week efforts to do practical outreach. Often they do door-to-door work, helping people in various ways, cooking classes, health talks, cleaning up the environment, and making friends to share Bible lessons with.
Our Evangelism students have seen the increasing difficulties of going to new areas and trying to just share Bible lessons. Often, they face great opposition. Now as they seek to help people in many ways and especially in lines of health, not only are they welcomed into these new areas, but they are called to return to give more and more studies. Many people are accepting Jesus and being baptized through the efforts of our students during these outreaches, and the follow-up of staff and students in following sessions.
“Through what you have taught us here about better methods of cooking [rocket stove and heat-retention cooking], this will really help my wife and other ladies! They will rejoice to use less fuel and to breath less smoke. You have given us a great service.”
“We’ve been making a great mistake to think we can just go to an area and start preaching without helping the people first. We have learned that Christ’s Method to reach the people will bring true success.”