Pastor Nizeye, of Kampala, Uganda, says,
It was in the year 2000 that I was convicted by the Holy Spirit, and I heard that the day of Judgment was coming. This led me to repent of my sins, and I trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ.
I immediately started a church in Kampala, Uganda but because I was untrained, I failed to teach and disciple my members. In six months, the church was closed down because I had no knowledge and experience of God.
I knew God had called me, but I lacked the words to feed His flock. I wanted to serve my Lord with all my heart, but I had no knowledge of His word or how to share Christ with other people. I started preaching on the streets of Kampala without knowing God’s sound doctrine or even which book of the Bible to open.
Because I had no biblical training, I sometimes preached heresies on the streets and in the market places.
The training from ISM has helped me realize my dream; to establish a national center of evangelism where we train evangelists and send them out to the whole world.
By example, I have learned humility, discipleship and how to share Christ from the ISM leaders. Academically, ISM has prepared me to effectively know the Scriptures, know what it is to be humble, and know the way of discipleship. Now, I am gaining confidence in the Word of God and the discipleship of other believers from living examples and godly curriculum. Now I know what I didn’t know in the past. I am now learning how to start a church and how to disciple new believers.
His story echoes the stories of many other African pastors. If no one disciples a new believer and they have little to no access to written materials, they may not really know much about who God is, what He's done and how that implicates their daily decisions and actions as believers.
Unfortunately, what often ends up being taught is common cultural beliefs - animism- with Christian catch-phrases mixed in.
It isn't uncommon for a believer - or even a pastor - in Africa to lack their own copy of the Bible! How can a pastor lead the people God's entrusted him with when he himself doesn't know where he is going?
ISM graduates, prepared to lead God's people!
ISM works to fulfill the Great Commission by developing the church's leaders to equip their people for their role in God's mission in a way that lines up with God's Word.
ISM attracts students from many different countries, many of whom are pastoring churches with no Biblical training. Because of ISM, they can receive the training necessary to deliver Biblically accurate teaching to their churches.
They attend two classes each morning, then one in the afternoon. This leaves time for them to take care of their other responsibilities, as many have other jobs or pastoral duties to attend to.
ISM develops the abilities of its students to understand and properly interpret God’s Word. It also strives to develop their Christian character and relationship skills.
The curriculum ISM uses to accomplish these goals includes concentrated study of the books of the Bible, theology, ministry strategies, preaching techniques, Godly personal development, evangelistic skills, mission strategies and language skills.
Community involvement and evangelism are part of the DNA of the International School of Missions. More than just a training school for pastors, those who are a part of the ISM family are also actively reaching their communities with the good news.
ITMI partner, and ISM co-founder, Muhindo Kawede.
The International School of Missions was co-founded by ITMI partners, Muhindo Kawede and Bill Johnson. Muhindo Kawede, who goes by simply "Kawede," has a passion to train pastors so they can effectively and Biblically lead God's people for His glory.
Kawede has persevered through financial challenges and legal obstacles to keep his vision alive. ISM is truly a labor of love and God-given passion for Muhindo Kawede.
In fact, he and his family agree live on two meals per day to free up more resources to keep ISM running. (90 percent of ISM’s students can’t afford the minimal, per-term tuition of $100-200, and $400 for room and board, but Kawede lets them come, anyway.)
The Kawede Family
This is how Kawede gets to ISM daily.
Since its beginning, the International School of Missions has acquired a piece of land and erected structures to facilitate learning. ISM also uses its facilities to reach the community with outreach events.
Many pastors have been trained and sent out to equip and lead for God's glory!
ITMI Director, Steve Evers, with Muhindo Kawede at an ISM graduation.
- Train and equip many more local Christian leaders.
- Grow in influence in the community by bringing local churches together to accomplish common goals.
- Offer more scholarships and financial assistance to students.
- Personal support for Muhindo Kawede, ISM founder.
- Scholarship funds for quality students who cannot afford to pay tuition.
- Support covering ISM’s expenses.
- A large vehicle for ISM’s evangelism program.
- ITMI to provide US exposure and guidance.
- National Ugandan Christian leaders providing support and publicity.
- Muhindo Kawede, Principal and Co-founder:
Muhindo Kawede, or "Kawede" as most call him, has a passion to see church leaders equipped by sound doctrine, and an equal passion for discipleship. As local pastors continually came to him for guidance and discipleship, he responded to God's call to shepherd the shepherds by creating the International School of Missions. Muhindo lives with his family in Kampala, Uganda.
It was a tranquil Sunday morning. The town of Kampala, Uganda had not yet awakened. The tropical birds and insects, filled the air with clatter and squeaking as they searched for their breakfast. I enjoyed the calming effects of distant, traditional whole-choir numbers from an open-air Catholic parish even as they competed with faint chants from a nearer Muslim mosque. The tranquility of the morning would be long-gone later that afternoon.
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