God’s Word for Africa – Through YOU!

The Africa Study Bible (ASB) is an invaluable resource for African pastors and church leaders. Now you have the opportunity to help provide this resource to pastors in Uganda!

In April 2017, Jody and I attended a ASB launch event at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. For two days, we worshipped with and learned from contributors to the ASB. One highlight was meeting Emmanuel Mukeshimana, a Rwandan PhD student in Uganda and contributor to the ASB.

Rafiki (my friend) Emmanuel Mukeshimana, a Rwandan currently doing PhD studies in Uganda, showing me his contribution to the study Bible. Jody and I enjoyed using our kidogo (little bit) of Swahili in conversation with Emmanuel.

Emmanuel and I continue to correspond. Since 2017, Emmanuel has completed his PhD program, and now teaches at Uganda Christian University and continues to serve as CEO for Square Ministries Africa. Emmanuel was a great encourager for me as I completed my own PhD studies, and, more recently, was a tremendous help as I prepared to teach a course on Theology of Development (Emmanuel’s area of academic specialisation) for the Theological College of Northern Nigeria. Emmanuel is a dear friend and brother in Christ.

So, I was delighted when Oasis International, publisher of the ASB, invited me to participate in a project with Emmanuel to provide ASBs to Anglican pastors in Uganda. Our goal is to raise $5425 to provide 248 ASBs, one for each participant in a recent Theology of Work training program that Emmanuel ran. Please prayerfully consider joining us in this endeavour. You can contribute to the project here.

Some may recall a similar project in Kenya in 2017, which provided over 100 ASB to pastors I taught at Deliverance Church (Kahawa Sukari) and Bridgeworld College. (You can read about that project here, here, here, and here.) That experience confirmed for me what a gift this resource is for pastors in Africa.

“As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11)