This is a new ministry for the HeartCry Missionary Society, and we are still in the initial stages of planning.
There are many men and women who live outside the West who will never be able to attend a Bible college or seminary. Many of them have already been in the ministry for years and have planted several churches, but their ministries could be enhanced and their churches further strengthened if they had more training in certain crucial areas of theology and ministry.
In the Field
In 2013, HeartCry began to support more institutionalized training in different parts of the globe. In Peru, we began a theological training institute in Lima. The institute targets men who are already working in the ministry as church planters, pastors, or evangelists. It is designed so that they might study while they continue to labor in their specific ministries. The Bible institute consists of twenty total courses, carried out over the span of two six-month semesters. In Brazil, HeartCry is joining with Franklin Ferreira and Tiago Santos to establish the Martin Bucer Seminary in São Paulo. Our primary investment at this moment is concentrated in developing the infrastructure: library, teaching tools, etc. Over the last several decades, millions of Brazilians have identified themselves with the evangelical faith, but the need for sound theological training is enormous. In 2006, Eastern European director Sorin Prodan established a Theological Education by Extension (TEE) program for our missionaries and for other workers on the mission field in Eastern Europe. Sorin leads this program, which ministers to between fifty and sixty students every year. Some of the students have already graduated from seminary or other theological colleges, and others have graduated from universities. It is not a formal program, but it is an effective program at the level of a regular master’s degree. In the near future, Sorin hopes to form a training center in his church plant in Brasov. In Zambia, HeartCry has partnered with Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka to support the training and sending of missionary-pastors through the Lusaka Ministerial College (LMC) and their resident intern program. In 2012, HeartCry helped KBC purchase two houses that are now serving as residences for the interns (and their families) while they train in the Lusaka Ministerial College (LMC). In addition to this work, KBC is also looking to expand into the Western Province of Zambia through the establishment of the Liseli Pastors Training College. The main focus of the college will be to train men from the unreached Lozi Tribe. In India, HeartCry is partnering with local churches (names withheld) to develop an internship program for the equipping of men for the ministry by providing strong theological training in the context of the local church. The program consists of lectures, seminars, reading, writing, discipleship, and ministry in the church.
In 2011, HeartCry began to work with Pastor Larry Pan of Christ Gospel Church in Rosemead, California, to create a video training series for the underground church in China. By God’s grace, we were able to secure the help of Sam Waldron, Richard Barcellos, Brian Borgman, and Mark Gervais. Our first goal is to preach through the 1689 London Baptist Confession. This will provide the theological backbone for the course. After this has been accomplished, we hope to add sermons and lectures regarding every possible aspect of Christian doctrine and practice. China Bridge is a large and costly undertaking, but the theological needs of China necessitate the greatest effort. Throughout the last two years, the Lord has been faithful to help us in this project. As of August 2013, we have filmed 101 lectures.