And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also (2 Timothy 2:2). This verse is the driving force of the Andrew Connally School of Preaching, with the idea that men from Africa will be trained and then in turn, they will go to their local congregations and commit/teach God’s word to those who have never had the opportunity to come to preaching school.
This statement has been true both in the first century and in our present age. This week the Lord added to our number a new brother named Peter. Peter traveled for four hours so that he could further study with Amri and Stephen, two students at ACSOP. How valuable was learning the gospel to Peter? He paid his own bus fare and left behind the income from his work all for the sake of learning the truth; the truth which has now set him free (John 8:32). Amri Lubarati is a student from Magomeni church of Christ in Dar es Salaam and Stephen Odwori is from Namaingo church of Christ in Uganda. Both of these men are fully supported at ACSOP by you, our wonderful sponsors. Were it not for your generosity Stephen and Amri may have never had the opportunity to teach Peter.
May the Lord continue to bless you for your sacrifice, prayers, and donations so that all may come to know the truth and go on their way rejoicing; rejoicing the same way the Ethiopian eunuch did in the first century and Peter did this past week in the twenty-first century.
Your servant in His Kingdom,
Assistant Director, Andrew Connally School of Preaching
A Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver extension school