UKRAINE: Nadia Morokhovets held a women’s conference in Lozovaya which is near Kharkiv. Nadia (pictured front right) leads BMI Women’s Ministry for Eastern Europe. Looks like it is cold there – even inside – but hearts were warm and spirits joyous! We are so very thankful for Nadia and her ministry!
Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Poland 2018
In November 2018 Dr.’s Jonathan Burnham and Vitaly Sorokun traveled To Voronezh, Russia to conduct a Seven Steps of Christian Living conference for pastors and district superintendents from different areas of Russia. The group was also able to Skype with Rev. Sonam Kabo, BMI Regional Director for South Asia.
FIRST OF ITS KIND MEETING: Also in Russia a group of prominent Russian businessmen met to discuss BMI Marketplace Biblical Mentorship Program. This is designed to help the business population use their Christian faith in their places of work. They study the 7 Steps, Encountering Christ, Christian Leadership and Management, and Financial Stewardship! The future is exciting in this new area of ministry. Kerry Olin, Microsoft Executive and BMI Board Member joined the group via Skype.
If you want to hear the beautiful singing from these Russian businessmen, click the video under these pictures!
RUSSIAN BUSINESSMEN SINGING REVELATION 15:3-4
After Russia, Jonathan and Vitaly traveled to Minsk, Belarus, to Minsk Theological Seminary (pictured below) to train pastors, seminary professors and some top women leaders from Ukraine and Belarus in Encountering Christ, Part 1. The group will meet next year for Part 2. Dr.’s Vitaly Sorokun and Jonathan Burnham also met with leaders from Minsk Theological Seminary who have already gone through the BMI training as well as their own higher education. These leaders are dedicated to the proclamation of Christ-centered theology and want to adopt the BMI Biblical Training and Mentoring Program into the seminary!
Next, Jonathan and Vitaly traveled to Kiev, Ukraine to Irpin Theological Seminary where many of the top women leaders in the Ukrainian Baptist Union met to learn about the BMI programs and training for women’s ministries. Sue Burnham and Faith Burnham had the privilege of Skyping with this wonderful group of dedicated and talented ladies! Irpin has adopted much of the BMI training materials into their curriculum, and Vitaly Sorokun travels regularly to teach there. See these pictures and those of Vitaly’s trip as well below:
BMI is committed to ministry for everyone, and women need training too! We have developed a program for training women all the way from our core theological curriculum to the discipleship program, 7 Steps of Christian Living, and our materials designed uniquely for women and their families. The women’s program consists of:
- Encountering Christ
- 7 Steps of Christian Living
- Women’s Ministries
- Living With Your Emotions
- Technology and Your Family
- Children’s Ministry
- Outreach Bible Studies
View this video from Cing Sian Thawn, Dean of SE Asia Mission College in Myanmar, talking about making disciples!
We are excited to have two special international women thus far who are dedicated to teaching these materials, Rita Kabo in Nepal and Nadia Morokhovets in Ukraine! Pastor’s wife, Rose Mirpuri has been training homeschool groups in the Philippines too!
We also are including women leaders in various conferences and working toward more training for women all over the world!
Here are more picture highlights from the year: Click to view larger!
Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar,
Philippines, and Vietnam
The mentorship model of ministry has continued throughout many countries in SE Asia. Jonathan Burnham traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Vietnam last spring teaching BMI materials Encountering Christ (Christ centered theology) and the 7 Steps of Christian Living.
There were key Christian pastors and leaders from Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam, the Philippines and the USA!
Dr. Joshua Nguyen, BMI Regional Director for SE Asia, has traveled to many countries this year training the 7 Steps of Christian Living and the MBMP program that he designed to train Christian business professionals.
Here are some pictures from his travels and teaching: Click to view larger:
It is exciting that the 7 Steps of Christian Living Course has been adopted by Bible colleges and seminaries and is being used by pastors and teachers in many regions of the world!
Philippines and Myanmar:
East Africa 2018
Pastor Pascal works in partnership with Pastor Emmanuel Ndolimana, who is the BMI Africa Representative. Pastor Pascal recently became the new President of the Evangelical Baptist Churches of Rwanda. Both of these extraordinary men have been training BMI materials in many countries of Africa! Here is an excerpt from his recent email report:
“Greetings to you in Jesus name!
I am glad to be able to share with you the report of the trainings that we have done in Rwanda. In total we have trained 247 pastors and key church leaders in 4 locations from 14 denominations.
Below is the list of the 4 locations and number of participants per location:
72 in Bumba, Karongi District – Rwanda
61 in Musasa, Rutsiro District, Rwanda
52 in Kivumu, Rutsiro District, Rwanda
62 in Rugerero, Rubavu Distict, Rwanda
The 7 Steps of Christian Living materials have been appreciated much by the people that we trained, they found the materials very applicable and beneficial to churches in their communities. This training was possible because of the facilitation from SMM by Emmanuel Ndolimana. The need is greater than the resources we have had, otherwise, we would have trained many spiritual thirst and hungry church leaders if we had enough resources. It’s our hope that if God provides more resources, next year much will be covered.
As the New President of the Evangelical Baptist Churches of Rwanda, I want to recommend the use BMI materials into all our churches national wide because training is one of the greatest needs that we have currently. We already have 7 steps available translated into our local language (Kinyarwanda) but we need to get the rest of your materials as well. How can you help us to achieve this?”
Other News in Africa:
Last February seminary leaders and professors from all over East Africa came to Nairobi, Kenya, to hear about the BMI training and materials. The response was enthusiastic and coming up this February 2019, five seminaries are sending two representatives each to be trained in the 7 Steps of Christian Living by Jonathan Burnham.
We also brought together Christian leaders and pastors from six African countries for training in Rwanda!