As you can imagine, there are not enough missionaries to care for and disciple all of the people that have newly trusted in Jesus as their Savior. Some of these new believers have a desire to continue to spread the good news about Jesus, and some even want to become pastors. But where do they get training to do this? Many are very poor and there are not enough seminaries or theological colleges close to them.
One kind of missionary that many people do not think of is a seminary teacher. There are some people that travel from the United States to another country to teach for a few weeks each year. Most of these missionaries go to another country and live in that culture and environment. They learn the language and cultural nuances by immersing themselves in the local culture. Instead of being a pastor of a local church, they spend their time teaching people how to become a pastor and how to study the Bible and explain it to others.
Some of the goals of a seminary teacher are:
- Provide quality theological teaching
- Equip local people to teach the Bible
- Answer questions about difficult passages in the Bible
- Train local pastors and teachers
- Teach people to recognize false teaching
- Provide scripturally founded local teachers for new believers in Jesus
One location that has seminary teachers is Harare Theological College in Zimbabwe, Africa. You can read more about it here.
There is also a seminary in Puebla, Mexico (where I grew up) called Seminario Biblico de Puebla. They have a boarding school and evening class options, and many local Mexican people have trained there.
Activities to do with your kids:
- If you have young kids, let them set up a podium or desk and pretend to be a Bible professor.
- Read more about Zimbabwe and being a Bible professor. Check your local library for great books on travelling to Zimbabwe.
- You can find a story about this in my book, Missionary Kid Stories.
- You can also learn more about Zimbabwe by reading Where Are You Going, Manyoni? by Catherine Stock
- Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe (Caldecott Honor).
- See beautiful photographs from National Geographic in African Critters by Robert Haas.
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