“And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things!”

Romans 10 v 15

We are excited to report that the Pastors’ training programme in India started back at the beginning of this year, following strict social distancing measures with the PPE provided by Smile. It is such a blessing to know that young men and women are being trained as pastors and evangelists to proclaim the Gospel and bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to men, women and children who have never heard of our Lord and Saviour.

The men and women meet every week and are trained in evangelistic and preaching skills, Bible exposition, study and methods, practical ministry, missiology, church leadership and management, youth ministry, effective communication and so much more. It is a 2-year Diploma course, at the end of which each person graduates and are awarded a certificate. Previous graduates have gone on to establish their own churches, often in their homes.

As usual, the students are very conscientious and focussed and soak up as much as they possibly can from all the lessons and Bible studies that they are involved in. It is a weekly commitment with other opportunities available and it’s so great that the students embrace this course with open arms. There is always a hunger and a thirst from the students to want to learn and know more about the Word and how they can be used by God to further the work of His Kingdom. It is a privilege being able to help them on this journey, of delving deeper into the Word and putting what they learn into action.