In a culture where jobs and education aren’t readily available, the vast majority live as impoverished “nobodies.” As a result, being known as a pastor is a desirable thing. Many pastors have power with no accountability; people believe and do what they say as if it was straight from God.
A pastor has a title; he’s somebody and he has a whole church of people who follow him - and pay him regularly - to prove it. He has a white collar career and is credited with having a skill set that doesn’t require the hurdles of the cost and availability of a formal education.
An African pastor feels pressure to maintain his power, his title, his mystique, and often uses prosperity preaching to do so. Many use their titles to garner power, manipulate and get wealthy.
They aren't meaning ill-will towards others, they simply aren't transformed by the gospel to live counter to their culture.
These well-intentioned but misguided pastors desperately need someone to teach them how to be a pastor. An experienced leader to disciple them. A seasoned pastor to mentor them.
Muhindo Kawede is passionate about helping pastors by providing the training they need to lead God's people Biblically.
The International School of Missions (ISM) develops pastors, leaders and workers who are able to teach others and fulfill the Great Commission in Africa and around the world in a Biblical way.
Muhindo Kawede is the founder and principal of the International School of Missions in Kampala, Uganda. He's also the heart and soul that keeps it going.
His passion to help African pastors has kept him going above and beyond expectations to disciple and train as many pastors as possible with the meager resources God has given him.
The International School of Missions (ISM) has 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.
Former ISM student, now a pastor.
Because few pastors can afford to pay for training, Kawede often makes deep personal sacrifices in order to allow students to be trained at ISM. He and his family agree to only eat two meals a day, freeing up resources to help ISM and its students.
The Kawede Family
Muhindo Kawede with an ISM student.
- Train and equip as many local Christian leaders as possible.
- Grow in influence in the community by bringing local churches together to accomplish common goals.
- Change the African church by equipping godly, Biblical leaders.
- Support for the Kawede family.
- 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.
ITMI’s Steve Evers and Kent Reisenauer tell us all about their time in Uganda! They’re sharing all kinds of stories, including an unexpected way the Lord provided while they were purchasing printed Bibles for prisoners, a funny side story involving the purchased Bibles, how they came to have leather covers and what happened when the guys opened the boxes of Bibles and how Steve’s first time preaching in a prison went. You’ll hear numerous ways ITMI supporters have made a big impact in Uganda.
Francis could not hold his gratitude at bay. With tears of gratitude, maybe even relief, he fell to his knees and flung his arms around the legs of ITMI’s Steve Evers, sobbing. “Thank you. Thank you…” he kept repeating. What Steve was empowered by ITMI supporters to do was simple. For Francis, it was life-changing.
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