The Need

feature, muhindo and lillian kawedeIn 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, ISM, Uganda

Muhindo Kawede is passionate about helping pastors by providing the training they need to lead God's people Biblically. 

Description

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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. 

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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. 

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The Kawede Family

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Muhindo Kawede with an ISM student.

Goals

  • 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.

Needs

  • 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.

Who’s Involved

  • ITMI to provide US exposure and guidance.
  • National Ugandan Christian leaders providing support and publicity.

Latest News

After Graduation: How One ISM Graduate is Using His Education

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There may be “no atheists in foxholes” but there are likely many believing false doctrine in Republic of Burundi military.

What Happened When a Man from the Mosque Next Door Visited Kawede’s Church

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One Sunday late in November 2016, a tall, thin man ducked through the doorway of the gathering of Bible Mission Church. It was his first time there. It was also his first time in a church, ever.

How Good Theology Yielded Unity in Uganda

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Ralston and Provia eloped 3 years ago before knowing Christ. They were saved through the outreach of ISM students and joined Bible Mission Church on ISM’s campus. They matured spiritually and…

Can a Church that Meets in a Piggery Expect to Grow?

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Could that church feasibly expect to attract attendees from outside the faith? Other faiths?

In this article:

Why a church would even meet where pigs used to live.
3 keys to the growth of the “piggery” church.
The amazing growth rate of this unconventional church.
What led to one woman’s incredible change of heart.

What Life is Like at This One-of-a-Kind Place on Lake Victoria

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Tucked into the twists and turns of its more than 2000 miles of shoreline, is the slice of land owned by ITMI’s International School of Missions (ISM). Its existence is a result of the blood, sweat and tears of ITMI’s Muhindo Kawede combined with the generosity of ITMI supporters.

Why a Ugandan Bible School Director Roughs it in the Bush Between Terms

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What does ITMI’s Muhindo Kawede (“Kawede” as he is called by most) do with his “time off” between terms at the International School of Missions? Something you wouldn’t expect.

From Miraculous Healing to Eating Garbage

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Without telling her husband, who was an Islamic Sheikh, Sarah attended the gathering of a local Ugandan church. After a year or so of hostility and abuse, her husband eventually…

FREE March 2016 ITMI Desktop Calendar

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We couldn’t do what we do without you, our supporters. This is just one small way we can say, “Thank you!” Now, you can enjoy the photography of Steve Evers on your computer everyday! Each month, we’ll feature one beautiful photo from Steve with a convenient calendar of that month for you to set as your desktop photo.

A Nebraska Family Makes a Mountain of Difference

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Christmas is a time of year when many who would otherwise be uninterested in things of God are more receptive to His message. So whatever their resources, ITMI partners are often found creatively designing ways to reach people around them this time of year. The result?

A Letter from Steve in Uganda: How I Shocked My Fellow Taxi Riders

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It seems like someone who had “seen absolutely everything” as a daily taxi conductor, absolutely didn’t know what to do. He had probably never seen this done before – especially from a “white” stranger. The other passengers watched the “white guy” anyway, but now they turned their eyes to my exchange with the conductor with intensity and interest.

He Comes to Make His Blessings Flow

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I would ask my mother, “Why are you drinking?” Her answer, “I drink so that I can forget what I have gone through all the years was a slave.”

Why a School for Training Pastors is Reaching Kids

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Five children marched around a wooden poll, their hands forming make-shift horns on their mouths. About 55 other children watched the 5 in front of them. After completing 7 times around the poll, the 5 children ran out the door. Laughing, they collapsed into the grass as the spectators laughed gleefully with them.

Why Do We Do What We Do?

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This article first appeared in the March 2015 edition of ITMI Monthly. Why do we feed the poor? They stink.  Why do we care for widows and orphans? They have diseases and miseries of every kind. Why do we go to dangerous and semi-closed countries to evangelize and disciple the persecuted? We could get a […]

Saved from Mob Justice

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There is a popular song in East Africa that teaches the community that a witchdoctor and a liar deserve to be set on fire. This happened to Mr. Buyongwe (Buy-yong-wee) John, an 80-year-old man who was a well-known witchdoctor, who lived in the Cankozo District in the Republic of Burundi. The people of Cankozo were fed up with the witchcraft practices of Mr. Buyongwe. This led to poverty because many people paid all their money to him to solve their problems. One day the community decided to (punish) his witchcraft lies by setting him on fire.

More Powerful Than Dark Spirits

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When ITMI’s Muhindo Kawede was a boy, his mother told him to behave or else the ghosts of his ancestors would get him. Instead of using “monster spray” to calm children’s fears of imaginary goblins hiding under the bed, as in America, Kawede’s mother told him and his siblings their ancestors would eat them. And she meant every word.

Home Alone in a Refugee Camp

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Jahim just wasn’t Jahim. Last month ITMI’s Steve Evers sat out under a Ugandan shade tree, seeking some refuge from the intense equatorial sun, while at a small guest house in Kampala, Uganda. Jahim was really glad to see Steve, and he was wanting to discuss what opportunities there were in South Sudan, but Jahim wasn’t Jahim. With what Jahim was exposed to in December in his homeland of South Sudan…

From Suicidal to Saved

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Christopher Kasule is a young pastor who joined the International School of Missions four years ago. He is the founder of Righteous Assemble of Christ International Ministries. Through his Christ centered leadership; Pastor Christopher Ministry has touched and transformed many lives. Christopher has ably applied the biblical principles and knowledge gained from the International School of Missions to his ministry. Moses is one of the many youths whose life has been spiritually transformed from suicide to sainthood. The following is his full story.

“I preached heresies on the streets and in the market places.”

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“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.”