Zambia Free Bible School -Ministering To Those in Need!

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Zambia Free Bible School  – My name is Lumbee Lupezula from Chongwe district of Lusaka province in Zambia. I am 36 years old and married to a bi-vocational pastor, Pastor Kombe. We have five children and live in Chongwe district of Lusaka province in Zambia. I am a full-time housewife and help in our local church women’s ministry.

I gave my life to Christ while at secondary school in 2001. It was holiday time, and we were home on break when I met a friend who preached Christ to me, the message was touching, and I saw my sin. I was convicted and convinced that I needed a savior. I gave my life to the Lord and have been a believer ever since.

The ministry training at CLI will benefit me in the sense that I will be equipped to better minister to my church and community. I will also use it to invite other pastor’s wives and women pastors and ministers to this training program.
I see myself as a small group leader and enjoy spending my time sharing the gospel with smaller groups of women. This makes me different from my husband who is an outgoing person. I still find our difference as a strength because he usually forgets that the bigger groups are formed from these small groups.

When I was a child, I always admired the life of the Catholic nuns. One of my aunties is a nun, and her Christian work made me feel like emulating her, she has been committed to her work, and this makes her a respected person in the family, but later when I became a believer. I changed churches, but never changed my desire to serve God by helping people.

In 2000 when my husband proposed love to me I was not willing at first because I thought this would hinder my life goal, but I later said yes and we got married and I have been euphoric to help him in the ministry work even as I pursue my vision to help the needy. I am particularly overwhelmed with the suffering of women in my community, and so this is a burden that burns in my heart to reach out to women in ways that go beyond average.

Our small peri-urban town is quite challenging in ministry work. The prevalence of HI/AIDS is quite high, and this is a burden that the community has to carry and the church has a real challenge to reach out to the widows, widowers, and orphans. The infected also need our help, and we are privileged to be a part of an army of women who want to help.
Our local church has been very supportive of our work of reaching out to women and orphans in our community. We have reached out to the community with the full support of the church leadership, and this is a real blessing.
My family is also very supportive, and they help me and encourage me to do even more. My starting of the CLI course is as a result of my husband’s recommendation and his desire to see me learn more and gain more ministry skills so as to improve and enhance my performance.

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I feel that having a scholarship at CLI will help me better serve God as a minister to the women in our church and community. I have observed my husband as he has been studying with CLI and I have noticed that his commitment and faith has grown even stronger and he is aiming high in ministry.

Studying with CLI will be a blessing for my family, church community and me.  I am so thankful to the CLI Vision Partners!  I feel called, and I sense a need to study at such a life impacting institution so as to enhance my Christian and Bible knowledge.

Pray for me to increase in knowledge and win favor before my fellow women and the community as a whole. I also request for prayer for our town; we have much satanic bondage that binds the people, drunkenness has overtaken our youth, and the sin of adultery and fornication are very high, and our town is the second highly infected area regarding HIV/AIDS prevalence rate. Please pray for us.

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Illinois Free Ministry Training – God Can Turn Lemons Into Lemonade

Illinois Free Ministry Training Story

Illinois Free Ministry Training – My name is Lois Clements. I am 46 years old, and I live in a small rural community about 40 miles south of Chicago, IL., USA. My husband and I have one beautiful daughter who recently got married. We are adjusting to being empty nesters.

My relationship with God began on August 26th, 1978. I was 8 years old and attending vacation bible school when I accepted Jesus as my Lord. Even at that young age, I knew I was a sinner who needed a savior. During that time, I had a troubled home life. My father was an alcoholic who emotionally and verbally abused our family. I was molested by an older relative from birth to age 8. Like so many children, I thought it was my fault. I felt alone and afraid. Learning about God’s love for me brought so much comfort and joy into my life. I prayed for God to help me, and He did. I told the person who was sexually abusing me, “God told me to tell you no!”. I told him that God would forgive him of his sins if he asked him to. He began to sob, and he promised me he would never hurt me again. He kept his promise. He went forward during the alter call the next Sunday. My dad later became a Christian and quit drinking. I learned to forgive them for hurting me. God brought something good from these bad situations. God can turn lemons into lemonade.

I have experienced many trials during adulthood, including a difficult marriage which God has restored. I had gastric bypass surgery that left me with chronic pain, malnourishment, and anorexia. After two years and 32 hospital visits, I was finally on the road to recovery. Then I was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago. I had bilateral mastectomies and chemotherapy. I am now cancer free. These trials have strengthened my relationship with God. I am truly grateful to be alive.

I can relate to many different women, especially hurting women. My dream is to have a women’s ministry. I want to help women who are experiencing some of the struggles that I have been through. I believe my testimony and support can inspire them and bring glory to God. I want to become a small group leader to begin making a difference in the lives of women from my church and surrounding community.

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I have been blessed with amazing family and friends who have supported me through my health battles. They are encouraging me to pursue my dream of helping other hurting women heal. A scholarship to CLI will give me the knowledge and ability that I need to pay it forward. I like the convenience of the online study at your own pace classes. I would not be able to afford a traditional college education. It would be an amazing blessing to receive a quality education for minimal cost.

I would appreciate your prayers for my continued physical and spiritual healing. God has given me the desires of my heart for His glory. If I can give someone hope and encouragement by sharing my story, it will make everything worth while. I know that God has made lemonade from my lemons in life, and He wants to do the same for others.

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Affordable Bible Training – Sharon Rogles

Affordable Bible Training

Affordable Bible Training – I live in Missouri, USA, but I was born overseas to missionary parents. I have known the Lord my whole life and was very busy living a life of service from the time I was 15. Daily life consisted of devotions, school, evangelism, and humanitarian work. My parents were from different churches and left together for the field to follow their faith. I had lived in some countries, five years in India, five years in Japan, and also Peru and European countries when I was younger.

I feel strongly called to serve the Lord in both preparing the next generation to use their spiritual gifts and knowledge of the Lord alongside a leadership program. I would like to create a program that consists of a strong spiritual life and also practical leadership skills. Something like John C Maxwell’s, YouthMax program.

The one thing we lack in this age is younger leaders with a heart for the Lord.

I am leader type am working on getting my bachelors degree so I can be more useful to my future goals and because others seem to require a degree before employing an individual. I have a load of experience motivating others, reaching young people, and also inspiring my age group, but without a degree, it’s very frustrating to follow my heart. It can make one feel like it too far out of reach to serve the Lord

I cannot afford to pay the high price to study material like this nor could I leave to attend a campus as I am a mother of a kindergarten child. But this CLI is amazing, and when I saw it my heart jumped, and my jaw dropped. I’m so thankful to have this opportunity to study sound doctrine and to become better equipped to bring Kingdom principals and values where I go.

I had a spiritual experience in 2011, where I met the Lord in Heaven, and I asked Him frustrating questions about my life. He was so natural, humorous, and was the essence of unconditional love. He then moved his hand into my heart and removed a splinter from my soul that I didn’t even know I was carrying. He told me I had a future to run to. He revived what was dying inside of me and told me my purpose was to restore what’s been depleted in others, to revive hope and faith in the invisible world and Heaven, to revive people’s dreams and purposes, and to replenish the inner resources. I have no idea how this will all come about but I’m on my way by faith, and I know that the angels of God count it a privilege to fight with the sons and daughters of God in the age of the great awakening.

Please pray that the Lord will continue to lead and guide my family was are thinking of moving to North Carolina. Thank you for following your hearts and obeying the inner stirring to give this vital information and scripture to the world by teaching us to lead.

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Ministry in Philippines – Nicardo Francis F. Alibio

Ministry in Philippines

Ministry in Philippines – I was born in 1990 in Manila, Philippines. It was a good beginning when I was studying in grade school years. I was an accelerated student. My family is expecting me to do more. But that pressure consumed me; I began to rebel due to pride and shame. We were poor at the time. The following years, my mother got sick. She has a mental illness. It was a tough trial in the family, but we’ve overcome it.

My relative came to our house and introduced me about Jesus. Before he left, he asked me to go to the church near our house – a Christian church I’ve never been to before. I was hesitant. It took me a week before I decided to go. I went home and did research on the scripture until I found the word of God, “Very truly I say unto you, no one can see the Kingdom of God without being born again.” When I attended that Church, it was March 15, 2015. I decided to be baptized on April 3, 2015.

Right now, I do photography in our local church. Evangelism once a week in the community, and conducting Bible studies in community officials. Christian Leaders Institute truly helped me a lot; equipping me and teaching me techniques whilst sharing the experiences of the mentors. I want to study more, to know God and to fulfill my spiritual dreams.

Thank you so much for this Free Ministry Training. God bless your ministry, and may the grace, peace, mercy and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us. Glory be unto Him.

Magalie Naudé- France/Portugal – Christian leaders Basics certificate

Je suis née en France, 35 ans, mariée depuis 2012 à un homme chrétien Sud-Africain. Nous vivons dans le Sud-Est de la France mais bientôt nous serons au Portugal, à Trancoso.

Ma rencontre avec Dieu:
J’ai grandi dans une famille et un milieu social totalement athé. Ma mère, orpheline a cependant grandi au milieu des soeurs catholiques et même si elle n’en a gardé qu’un très mauvais souvenir, je fus baptisée bébé et trônait au-dessus de mon lit d’enfance une belle croix en émail verte portant l’inscription de mon prénom.
Enfant cette croix m’a souvent fascinée et interrogée plus d’une fois, tout comme le petit Jésus lové dans sa crèche à chaque Noël en famille et les films télévisés sur la vie de Moïse.

Jusqu’à l’âge de 30 ans j’ai couru sans le savoir à la rencontre de Dieu, désespérée par ce monde sans profondeur ni véritable valeur dans lequel je me suis perdue très tôt et plus d’une fois… De l’extérieur ma vie semblait normale, “j’avais tout pour être heureuse”. Mais de l’intérieur, je vivais dans un véritable chaos que je cherchais à étouffer ou contrôler …

A 29 ans, j’ai vraiment eu à choisir entre la vie et la mort. Tombée dans une très grave dépression, j’ai supplié Dieu de m’en délivrer plus d’une fois par la mort. Ce n’était pas la première fois que je m’adressais à Lui en ces termes puisque enfant il m’arrivait ainsi de le prier du fond de mon lit, consciente de ce monde mauvais dans lequel je n’avais pas demandé à naître. Alors souvent en pleur et/ou en colère, je le suppliais s’Il existait, de bien vouloir me ramener au Ciel, prête à lui donner ma vie de souffrances … Bien sûr, Il n’en fit rien, et je finis par éteindre du bout de mes p’tits doigts cette faible espérance.

A l’aube de mes 30 ans, cette période de mon enfance oubliée, la grande dépression avait produit une quête spirituelle vers le bouddhisme puis un événement familial inattendu et miraculeux vint m’interroger à nouveau sur la possible existence de Dieu…
Ce fût sous ce même toit familial où je priais étant enfant que je vis un jour pourtant semblables aux autres, défiler ma vie en flashback avec tous ces moments où petite je parlais à Dieu. Ces moments où “Mon Dieu” avait frappé à ma porte plus d’une fois, attendant si patiemment que je lui ouvre…. Mon coeur se brisa.

Pour la première fois, je vis la réalité de mes faiblesses et du plus gros mensonge contrôlant ma vie, avec cette injustice pour laquelle je tenais Dieu comme responsable. Aucune thérapie n’avait eu cet effet!!! J’ai demandé pardon. J’ai enfin lâcher prise, abandonnant ce que j’avais toujours fait jusque là pour choisir de consacrer tous mes efforts à sa recherche. Je suis partie du principe que peu importe ce que je trouverais au bout, au moins une fois dans ma vie, j’aurais sérieusement pris le temps de Le chercher!
A partir de cet instant, ma vie fit un tour entier sur elle-même, virant à 360°.
Dieu fût fidèle à sa promesse qu’à l’époque sans la Bible, je décrivais ainsi:
“ Avec Dieu l’impossible devient possible et l’impensable pensable”.

Depuis ce jour, il y a un avant et un après… Ce jour là, le voile s’est levé! J’ai eu l’impression d’hériter du plus grand secret du monde! La Vérité. Quelle joie! Quelle grâce! Quel miracle! “Dieu existe!!!” Et Il n’a eu de cesse de me le montrer, que de transformer et de restaurer ma vie, avec des victoires incroyables dans chaque changement et chaque épreuve.

Je peux dire que j’ai d’abord rencontré Dieu, puis Jésus-Christ et dernièrement la personne du Saint-Esprit. Dans cet ordre. Chacune de ces rencontres a bouleversé mon existence, ma construction, ma vision des choses pour en arriver finalement au point de choisir la vie telle que Dieu l’a voulu pour moi au commencement, avant que le monde s’en mêle; D’être restaurée dans sa vérité et son Amour, d’être guérie et d’aspirer à servir le Seigneur à temps plein, si possible comme les disciples de la première heure!

Mon appel:
Je crois que seul Dieu à travers son église peut m’appeler à un mandat spécial dans le corps du Christ. Ce qu’il m’a montré à travers ma marche avec Lui sont les désirs de mon coeur pour apporter la vérité, la parole et la guérison aux malades ainsi que servir la communauté avec le don de prophétie.

Peut-être mon mari et moi-même serons-nous appeler à des fonctions pastorales plus tard? Car aujourd’hui, Le Seigneur nous conduit à le servir à temps plein dans un autre pays, au Portugal. Il a déposé dans nos deux coeurs un même projet spécial pour lequel chacun a reçu la même vision à deux moments différents. C’est une aventure incroyable que nous vivons par la foi depuis fin 2015 et qui aujourd’hui aboutit miraculeusement.
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“ Il nous conduit au Portugal pour soutenir l’Eglise/communauté locale par le mentorat et la création d’un lieu de paix et de repos pour ceux qui en ont besoin.”

Nous avons le soutien de notre église actuelle qui a participé pleinement à notre croissance spirituelle et pour laquelle nous nous sommes aussi investis. Des frères et des soeurs de différents pays nous accompagnent et partagent avec la même joie la vision que nous avons reçu.
Nous avons également le soutien de l’Eglise Assemblée de Dieu au Portugal et nous serons mentorés sur place par un de leur couple de pasteurs missionnaires.

Le CLI:
Dernièrement, on a ressenti l’importance d’être davantage équipés dans notre culture théologique et de mentoring avec le souhait d’être diplômé C’est ainsi que nous avons trouvé The Christian Leaders Institute. On n’aurait pas pu rêver meilleure école de formation puisque que notre appel ne nous permet pas de rester dans notre église actuelle ni d’investir dans une structure d’enseignement pastoral traditionnelle.
Le fait qu’elle soit reconnue, gratuite, à distance en anglais et français est une telle bénédiction!
On espère pouvoir un jour être aussi une bénédiction pour le CLI.
Je souhaite pouvoir poursuivre les cours en m’inscrivant ensuite dans un des diplômes proposés.
Merci à Dieu pour ce merveilleux outil, arrivé dans son bon temps.

Sujets de prière:
Ce projet au Portugal est le projet de Dieu avant toute chose et on veut croire qu’Il continuera de pourvoir comme Il l’a fait jusque là. Toutefois, nous serions reconnaissants que vos prières nous accompagnent à chaque étape de notre appel afin de nous garder unis en tant que couple, famille et serviteurs de Dieu, dans la paix, la joie et l’amour. Afin aussi de toujours entendre sa voie(x), de discerner sa volonté et de l’accomplir selon sa sagesse. Enfin, vos prières peuvent nous encourager à suivre fidèlement les enseignements du CLI, à les mettre en pratique dès aujourd’hui puis pleinement dans nos futures missions au Portugal.
Merci à vous.

Bien fraternellement,

Magalie

Pastoral Team – Erwin Family Ministry

Pastor Team

My name is Tashara and I live in the United States. My husband and I sense the calling to become a pastoral team in ministry. I joke with others and tell them that I was born saved. While this is impossible of course, I use this expression to communicate that I will never understand what it feels like to wonder if God is real. Though I’ve never doubted God’s existence, that doesn’t mean that I’ve never doubted Him.

There was a prolonged time in my life when I submitted myself to the temptations so readily available here in the U.S. It created a warm hole of depression for me and I began battling oppressive spiritual forces. Although I’ve served God intermittently throughout my whole life, it was through a series of trials and struggle in my life, repetitive tests, that the Lord brought my heart to know Him fully and relationally.

Psalms 37:4 says, “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” The challenges that He has strengthened me to overcome in my life are a part the hunger that drives my desire to minister. God has been faithful and merciful to me; He has brought me out of darkness and made me a light. I’ve been told that those who have been hurt the deepest have the greatest capacity to heal. My prayer is that through the weaknesses and struggles I’ve overcome through Christ, that He would utilize healing from my story to bless, transform and save the lives of others.

My heart aches for women who feel broken, who have been abused, struggle with their vision of self-value, or are stuck in destructive cycles such as addiction. I know what it feels like to be a broken woman. I’ve also personally witnessed the power of God break chains and bring complete transformation. It’s because of these experiences that I feel called to witness in those specific areas of ministry. I am one of many living examples that God can do anything with a willing heart.

Becoming a Pastoral Team

My husband and I dream of learning and growing into one day operating as a Pastoral Team in ministry We’ve both been Christians for years, but it’s in this season of revival that God has awoken our hearts to ministry. He brought the opportunity of CLI where we could gain a solid foundation in understanding our faith fully and why we believe in it. Before having access to quality ministry training we were reliant on the views, opinions and understandings of our family and elders. There are many people in America who believe that God is real, but also many people who are dead spiritually.

The united states is full of opportunities and blessings that have become common and the sole focus of life’s purpose unfortunately. This brings about a cynical perspective towards those in ministry because they have different priorities. Although we have freedom of religion here, there is an abundant need for God. Many people are not open to considering walking more intimately with God because they’ve grown comfortable where they are already. Without being informed my own young mind has been vulnerable to be guided and manipulated into ideas that do not reflect the faith I believe in.

My studies at CLI have become a source of empowerment for me. I can participate in theological and philosophical conversations now without being dissuaded from being uninformed. As a Pastor Team in ministry, we can clearly see truth and identify what is not of the spirit. we understand the difference status and actually walking with God as  an evangelist to fight for the Lord in the spiritual warfare we face.

I’m thankful to have a home church that understands this difference as well. Both my husband and I have been blessed to learn and grow in the leadership classes we’ve taken in our church even though the material is not as advanced as targeted ministry training is. As we continue to mature spiritually we know that our faith, understanding, and ministry dreams will be encouraged and supported there.

Of all the blessings God has given me and surrounded me with to help nurture and prepare my heart for ministry, none are greater than my husband. His love and faith in me truly reflect Jesus’ love for me. While we both look forward to continued growth in our walk with the Lord, I find such peace in knowing that God established such a strong spiritual leader to be my partner and my covering in this life. My most cherished memory in our marriage will probably always be that my husband’s first step in pursuing his ministry was baptizing me. We know that as we submit ourselves to the Lord and obey Him, that He will equip and direct our ministry together as a pastoral team in ministry. As we actively take steps forward to become prepared to grow into the role of pastors together, we pray for wisdom, discernment and protection spiritually to fulfill the Lord’s will for our lives.

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God had a Plan – Youth Minister

God had a Plan

Even in the darkest of beginning, this CLI student knew God had a plan for her life. As she went from foster home to foster home she came to know God could give her a true home.

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My first memory was walking around an apartment following my older sister and looking out of a window that I could hardly reach the ledge on. I remember how blue the sky was and how white the clouds appeared. Not long after that, I was told my sister and I were found in an abandoned building on the West side of Chicago. One of the toughest areas of Chicago. I was almost two years old and my sister was almost three years old. By the time I was five I had been in four foster homes but we did find a permanency. My life there was filled with rejection, hatred, abuse physically and mentally and neglect. However, God had a plan.

I am a married mother of two girls who love the Lord. Taking classes at CLI is my first step in answering the call of servitude and ministry God placed on my life even as a child. I’m excited about the revival of the people in my community. I plan to use my training at CLI to further my knowledge as a Minister. My heart’s passion is to minister to the youth and enlighten them on who they are in Christ. I want to go into the streets of Chicago and lend a helping hand to the lost and be a beacon of light in some vastly dark places in Chicago. I can remember how it felt as a child not having anyone you can depend on but God put a neighbor in my life who took my sister and me to church every Sunday.

I felt the spirit of God in my life at an early age. I was eleven years old when I sang my first solo in church and I was really feeling down about the way things were going at home but as I began to sing praises unto God I felt a warmth come all over me. I began to have a peace that I couldn’t even explain. My neighbor was that vessel that beacon of light for me that showed me the love of Jesus. I want to be that same light for the youth in my community who have been abused, neglected, forgotten and burden down. I want the word of God to be a healing and deliverance to them and I pray that God will use me to do just that.

Having a scholarship from CLI will allow me to gain the tools I need to become a respected member of ministry and minister to the hearts of God’s people. The scholarship will allow me to be able to work and study so that I can answer the call God has on my life and be a help to the youth in my community.

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Light Among The Darkness

Light Among The Darkness

Living in Los Angeles is like living in constant spiritual warfare. Christians are a light among the darkness here. There is so much consistently fighting for our attention, it can very be difficult to find a place of solace where you can talk to God. I grew up in a suburban town of Los Angeles County. My father has been the minister of our church since 1986. Looking back to childhood, I cannot remember a time when I did not know the Lord. I grew up never questioning if Jesus Christ was my savior. My dad baptized me by my request in 1992, I was 9 years old. I knew I loved Jesus and I knew He was my savior, but I did not really understand what that meant. I had not experienced enough of the world to understand how badly we all really need Jesus.

As I grew into my teen years, social pressures and selfish desires began to sink their claws into me. Slowly, I was moving away from God. I was worrying more about pleasing my peers than pleasing my Heavenly Father. By the time I got to college my relationship with the Lord was leaning towards the non-existent. I dropped out of college and worked just enough to support my social life. Alcohol and vanity blinded me from what was truly important. Los Angeles is filled with innumerable opportunities for self-degradation. Every minute of every day, it seems, that our minds are being persistently bombarded with the temptations of sin. We need a lot more of Jesus in Los Angeles. I hope to be Lord’s aid in spreading that light among the darkness.

The Lord is gracious and He brought back me back to Him. Not only did He save me, He also gave me a husband who knows Jesus as his savior and was baptized by my father in our church. Together, my husband and I hope to impact the lives of many by bringing the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ. In 2016, just a month after our daughter was born, my dad was diagnosed with advanced stage Leukemia. It was this terrible news that the Lord used for good to call my husband and I into the ministry. God put it on our hearts to start some family outreach ministries and we have been blessed with church growth. My ministry goal would be to follow in my dad’s footsteps and keep our church alive and thriving, but I know that it is not always my choice. I submit to the will of the Lord and will pursue the paths that has planned for me. I may not know what God holds for my future, but I know that this is exactly where I am supposed to be right now.

This year, my husband became a deacon of our church and my father began mentoring and formally training us both to take over his roles in the church one day. The Lord lead me to Christian Leadership Institute and both my husband and I enrolled the next day. Upon completing my first certification, I plan to start a women’s Bible Study while continuing my education and training. It is truly amazing how the Lord works in our lives. The Bible says when Jesus Christ returns, He will come like a thief a night. That is exactly how He moved into my heart. My plans and life goals changed overnight. My view of the world changed overnight. My relationship with God changed overnight. Suddenly, there was a light among the darkness.

As I continue on this journey to fulfill the plans God has for me, I ask for prayers from my brothers and sisters in Christ that my family will remain strong and faithful in the face of adversity. Everyday, I resubmit myself to will of the Lord and try to keep my eyes on Him, knowing all I do will be for His glory and glorification of His kingdom. I see many lost souls everyday searching, reaching, hoping for something better, never to find it, never to feeling truly complete. As the world around them encourages further debauchery, they distance themselves even further from the One True God. I want to bring these people to the light, to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Only with the love of Jesus and Holy Spirit in our hearts can we ever feel truly whole.

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Further God’s Kingdom

Further God’s Kingdom

CLI student, Jamie Kueker, has been beaten and broken down by the world but instead of becoming discouraged he has become determined to further God’s kingdom.

Read Jamie’s story below:

I live in Fairmont Minnesota. I am one of those guys that God has called to further his kingdom later in life.

My testimony isn’t glamorous at all, but it is fairly interesting to see looking back on life how God has had his hand in my life even when I felt I could do life on my own. You see, I grew up in a blue-collar home with both parents and a younger sister. We lived a pretty average life except my parents were both alcoholics. I lived a majority of my life in sin trying to be a “Good Person” but for the most part lived in the lies of the enemy. I have always believed the lies which lead to low self-esteem and chasing whatever blows in the wind. I was baptized and confirmed in Christ as a kid, but never had a relationship so I walked away from God in my teens.

I was married and a father by the age of 20. I knew the marriage wasn’t right, but I was “trying to do the right thing”. My son Tyler, now 25 was born 3 months premature with lots of difficulties at birth like heart surgery at 10 days old and being born with a brain that would never fully develop. Most adults are not ready for that kind of challenge as a parent let alone a 20-year-old who doesn’t know God. My first marriage didn’t last because she was physically abusive against Tyler at 18 months old and also myself. I got full custody and we divorced because of the abuse.

A few years later after becoming a borderline alcoholic myself, I met my wife Nicki; we tried having a baby after being married but we couldn’t do it. We found out she had cysts on her ovaries and they were blocking the eggs from dropping. We went to a specialist and he put her on a round of shots to break up those cysts, and he said that there was a chance for multiples. We took that chance and a month later we found out she was pregnant. I said jokingly, you did say there was a chance for multiples, so he looked for other heartbeats and found a second, and third, then a fourth; then nope he said it was triplets. I about fainted and when we headed back home for our hour drive we pulled over and said what are we going to do? I said I remembered an old saying that said: “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.” We decided since neither one of us had a relationship with God we had to find a church. Tyler and I church hunted while she was on bed rest from 9 weeks on. When we went back for the first ultrasound we saw them clear as a bell 1,2,3,4. Babies!!!!
(Be careful what you pray for. You just might get it in abundance. Lol!)
Later in the pregnancy, the Mayo health system in Rochester MN gave us a specialist and he gave us the selective abortion speech. We told him to save it because God gave us these four babies and we were NOT killing any of them. This was God’s plan for us. The kids were born March 26, 2001; two boys and two girls; Darrian 3’14, Ethan 3’10, Cora 2’10, and Izabella 2’6 in weight. We found a church home in Grace Lutheran Church ELCA in Fairmont. We hung out in the back trying not to be noticed; we were young and didn’t really know anyone.

God stepped in and sent us someone that set up volunteers to rock and feed babies so we could shop for food and pay bills and such. Through that gift we met a widower named Hope who was like an angel from heaven for us; she is like a grandmother to the kids even to this date and they are now 15. Since then God has proven doctors wrong with two more children; Hope who is now 11 and Rebekah who is 21 months. When man says no way God will say I have and am the way.

I spent most of my life under the addiction of lust, pornography, and alcohol. Almost four years ago God called me in a dream to quit drinking; he told me if I did he would use me. I quit. I started seeking him but I was still living a hypocritical life. Still caught in my sin while serving God. I was called by God to put on a community worship in the park and it was just as God showed me in my dreams. I started going to our Church’s men’s bible study group and was in fellowship with other men that had struggled with sin too, but I never really opened up to them.

God called me to be a Teen CBS (community bible study) leader sharing his word with youth. I met a couple there that became spiritual mentors for me and saw me as God did and for the first time I started seeing myself as God does. Last year I had a training in Colorado for leadership and met two other leaders and discovered in a small group. All the other guys had dealt with pornography or lust issues; we all prayed for God to deliver us from it and it happened. There are so many miracles that could fill a book that he has done in our family’s life.

I feel like I can most identify with being a small group leader and youth leader. God has given me a heart for both the youth and the broken. We are so blessed as a family in our community. I am learning so much from many different people. In December of 2016, God came to me in a dream and told me to equip myself with His Word. After checking around I found a friend Christopher Parker, who I used to work with; he told me about CLI. I checked it out and signed up and started the introduction course immediately!

I feel like I can most identify with being a small group leader and youth leader. God has given me a heart for both the youth and the broken. We are so blessed as a family in our community. I am learning so much from many different people. In December of 2016, God came to me in a dream and told me to equip myself with His Word. After checking around I found a friend Christopher Parker, who I used to work with; he told me about CLI. I checked it out and signed up and started the introduction course immediately!

I was so excited that I had this great opportunity to “equip myself” as he called me to do with a great program like CLI. My wife works as the Christian Education Director at our church; I think God might eventually call us to ministry as a couple. I have not been a model husband or father but through my molding, by God’s hands he is peeling away the junk of the world and I am working with God’s help to improve as a leader, father, husband, and a Christian. I feel God might call me to plant a church in our community for the unreached, rejected, and broken who don’t feel welcome in church. It’s early on in my pursuit of God and ministry but my wife and children are very supportive. I just pray that I can balance work, family, schooling, and God’s calling on my life. He has done so much already and I cannot wait to see what people he brings into our lives and ministry visions.

A scholarship to CLI will help me to seek out and equip myself for the next step of God’s plan for my life, family and our lost people in our community so that I can share the Gospel. I truly look forward to moving forward with equipping myself with the knowledge of God’s word that CLI has to offer me. With the information, I have learned in the introduction course my wife and I are now leading our family in devotions daily and we are going to learn to grow as a family with God’s help and the knowledge I will learn through CLI. I know God is raising me up to be the change in our community and further God’s kingdom.

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Christian Recovery Ministry

Christian Recovery Ministry

CLI student Lisa Smith has a visionary dream of starting a Christian recovery ministry where she can help her rural community struggling with tons of drug and alcohol addiction.

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My name is Lisa Smith, and I live in rural Western, NC – right in the heart of Southern Appalachia, high in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I live in the forgotten mission field.

My community is a stark contrast of opulent golf courses surrounded by million dollar homes and barely habitable mobile homes surrounded by wreckages of car parts and discarded children’s toys. Half of our community lives in gated communities, here only a few weeks out of the year to ski or play golf in what is their second, third, or fourth vacation home. The rest of our community barely manages to feed their families from the low paying service jobs afforded by our seasonal visitors. Most employment is seasonal and very low paying.

Many families have simply given up, surrendering themselves to the methamphetamine epidemic. A secret war is waged behind many doors in my community. Families are falling apart because of drugs and alcohol. The initial addiction is just the beginning it’s often accompanied by increased poverty, crime, domestic violence, child abuse…..the fallout touches everyone.

Worst of all, there is a church on every corner, and their doors are NOT open to the men, women, and children who need them the most. At the beginning of this epidemic, a few churches hosted Christian and secular recovery groups. One by one they closed their doors to those most in need. One by one, they ended their recovery groups and told the secular groups that they could no longer host them. The last one shut its door four years ago.

Why? Because the addicts that attended recovery groups sometimes had the audacity to start attending church! No one wanted drug addicts in their pews. These people were too needy. They were too dirty. They didn’t know how to dress the part or put on a “good Christian façade.” They weren’t raised in good Christian homes. They wore jeans and work boots to church. They smoked in the parking lot. They would be a bad influence on the youth. They had no money to tithe. So, one by one, church doors slammed in their faces. They are left to pray to the only God they know, the God of crystal meth.

My community is full of people who desperately need God. I know because my husband is a recovering addict. He was one of the few lucky ones to make it out of this epidemic. He attended a 3-month long Christian rehabilitation center six years ago…..but most families are not so lucky. When an addict looks for recovery, there are few options. Most families don’t have the tens of thousands of dollars needed to attend a secular inpatient rehabilitation center. The Christian rehabilitation center my husband attended requires a 3-month stay. Most families have no way to survive without both spouses working; a 3-month stay is impossible for them.

My dream is to start a Christian recovery ministry that welcomes the lost and points them to the cross just as they are, wherever they are in their walk with Christ, wherever they are in their addiction. I am not naive to the challenges of starting such a ministry. I have witnessed the darkness of addiction in a very close-up and personal way. There are many ministries nationwide that are willing to offer training, but I know that I will need more than training. I will need a strong foundation first. Christian Leaders Institute will help me build a strong foundation upon which I can build a lasting ministry.

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Church Media Ministry Training

Church Media Ministry Training

Gary McAdams – I was born in Houston in 1972, and have lived the majority of my life in Texas. I was born to a Christian mother and a father who, to my knowledge, never came to a faith in Christ before his death in 1989. The experience of losing a parent and not knowing their eternal fate, gave me a burden to insure that my children never had to ask those questions.

In February of 1996 I met Caroline, the love of my life at an MLM business development event and we were married four months later. While attending a small church in San Antonio, TX, my wife volunteered her “techie” husband who enjoyed messing around with computers to help run PowerPoint for song lyrics. While I grumbled at the time, this experience led me on a path to discover a true passion for church media. I have spent the past fifteen years in both volunteer and paid roles in multiple churches helping create environments for people to have an encounter with the living God.

I am still seeking the Father’s direction as to what His dream is for my future in ministry, but I feel strongly that He is calling me to a ministry leadership role. I believe that my love of technology and media, along with a desire to build up volunteer teams for service, will be used for the Kingdom. I am currently serving on a team at a small church plant that sets up and tears down the meeting room every week. I also have been working with the tech team, working towards creating a live web stream of our service, for those who are unable to attend.

While America is the most blessed nation on Earth, our successes have lead to a self-reliant attitude amongst a large majority of the population. It is a very common belief in the US that since we have so many opportunities to provide for ourselves, there is little need to seek God for the desires of our hearts. It can be challenging in a country with so much abundance, to help people see their need for God in their lives.

CLI offers me Church Media Ministry Training – Not so much the media techniques but the content the help me serve my church better.

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Veteran Ministry Training – Robert “Bob” Pilkington

Veteran Ministry Training

My name is Bob Pilkington. I reside in the State of Nevada, USA. I currently speak with the elderly, usually in hospice care, and veteran’s who need assistance in coming to terms with their mortality or their accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as their savior. It can be difficult because most of the people I talk to are at the end of their lives and realize that they need to get right with God before they die. It is hard sometimes to convince them that they are getting right with God, when they are not getting any physically better.

I started going to church on a regular basis when in my teens and continued through my 20’s. I got very sick with Crohn’s Disease at the age of 29, and instead of asking the Lord for guidance and help, I tried to take on the sickness by myself. Life expectancy for someone with Crohn’s Disease is at 15 years. A little more than 21 years later, I got sick again asked the Lord to help me, and within weeks, I felt healthy. That was 8 years ago and according to my physician from the results of a recent physical examination, I have no symptoms of Crohn’s Disease and my health is A++.

About a year ago, I had this overwhelming feeling that I should get training and become a Pastor. It took several months and me to lose my best friend in the world (who happened to be my blind dog) – but here I am – at Christian Leaders Institute, getting some of the best spiritual education I could find – and it is all on me to get it done and become a pastor.

My ministry dream is to continue to help those at the end of their walk through this world find the Lord before they pass away.

Pastor: Because I have a certain demeanor about me that I did not know I had, in comforting those at the end of their lives. It is not something I ever studied – or really ever wanted to do – but I am good at it and I enjoy seeing people get their spiritual house in order before they pass away.

I don’t know what actually prompted me to become a pastor: I just woke up one day and had the feeling that I wanted to help people who were elderly and sick get right spiritually.

Living in a rural county, ministering to the outlying parts can be challenging regarding time. Usually, people want to talk to me just before they pass away – which time and distance have created problems. Living in a small town; EVERYBODY knows your business. Until August, 2015, I wasn’t always the “ministering” type. I was a drinker and someone not to be trifled with and had a very low tolerance level for nonsense. Since my calling to the Lord, I no longer drink and I have become a very patient, caring, loving and understanding man. I don’t get angry, and those who used to be afraid of me, now enjoy my company.

My local churches support my efforts. They want to see me succeed in my education because of me, my life and how they have all seen me change from what I was to who I am.

My wife supports my wanting to become a Pastor. She is probably to most happy to see my life what it is now.

Without Christian Leaders Institute, I simply could not afford to go to Seminary school. This Veteran Ministry Training is a big help. It is that simple. I have the time, desire and wherewithal to go through a program, but I am retired, on a fixed income and do not have the ability to take that much money from our retirement to pay for school – for someone that will probably never pay it back.

Pray that I can help EVERYONE get right with God before they pass away. It is my goal to see every senior citizen in hospice care and every disabled veteran and veteran who needs help.

Credible Officiant Training -Officiant Doug

Credible Officiant Training

Greetings. My name is Douglas. This CLI training is Credible Officiant Training perfect for my situation.

I was raised in the church, baptised at an early age, and was devout until the 15th year of my life… My challenge came from the church “firing” our pastor at the time. A man I loved and brought vibrancy to our small congregation.

So, I left the church, asking God why He would allow such a thing to happen and who were these evil people leading our church? For the next 40 years, I stayed away from the church, referring to myself as spiritual rather than religious. Then, I was asked by a dear friend to officiate their marriage ceremony, since I’m a notary, and allowed by state law to solemnize marriages.

I agreed.

Off I went down this path. Little did I know, it was God’s hand helping me find my way back to Him. Now as I’m blessed to spend time with these couples on one of the happiest days of their life, I reflect on Matthew 19:5-6 and 1 Corinthians 13: 4-13. Having answered the call to establish a marriage ministry, I deepen my knowledge and understanding of our (and my) relationship with God.

I’ve been blessed to perform 150 weddings to date using an online ordination. Now having found CLI, I wish to legitimize my ministry ordination. I ask for prayer from all who read this for strength to continue on this path, and for blessings, upon those, I’m privileged to give a start down the path of “we” and their newly formed family.

This Credible Officiant Training is registered at the Christian Leaders Church website…

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Pentecostal Minister Training – Full-Time Truck Driver

Pentecostal Minister Training

Greetings! My name is Lolard Alan Simmons III. I am an America Pentecostal minister in the Greater Houston Texas area. A major challenge to doing ministry in the fourth largest city in America is an overpopulation of religious institutions. It seems there is a ministry on every block.

Christians here tend to assume everyone has their group chosen already. I cannot remember the last time a group knocked on my door. Witnessing efforts have gone nearly extinct. As a natural progression, apathy has settled into our congregations, regarding salvation experiences. Ministry focuses more on living “right” than on being saved in the first place. A burden for souls is an uncommon phrase to hear, and less so in application.

A secondary issue facing our Churches is a practice of aversion (literally, we turned away). Sometimes, this manifests as a simple inhospitality to visitors of certain groups or types of people. Examples would include the following: the homeless, poor, handicapped, infirmed, mentally disabled, interracial couples, unwed couples, expectant teenage parents, the LGBTQCIA community and many others.

Other times, it is a direct request that these people find a different location to gain ministry. It is as if we have forgotten the Great Commission to spread the Good News of the Gospel to ALL people.

My ministry dream is to realign the Christian world with just that message; ALL people means even those with whom we may be uncomfortable ministering. I am convinced, if we laid aside our aversions completely, opened our doors to ALL who want to join us, created a welcoming and nonjudgmental overall environment and make follow-up contact with these forgotten, forsaken and forbidden souls, we would have a massive increase in conversions to Christ.

This increase in conversions would inspire us afresh and anew. In turn, apathy would be less common or eradicated completely. A revival could spark into an inferno of Holy Spirit led the revival. We could see a radical change of atmosphere in our city, and in yours alike. Henceforth, evangelism is my primary focus.

I came to Jesus at the end of a revival meeting at the age of 11. I had been raised in a Christian inspired home. However, this evangelist brought the message forward to our Church in an in-your-face, now or maybe never again fashion. I felt as if the Holy Spirit might never speak to me again if I did not respond immediately. My pastor led me to Jesus at the beginning of that alter call. My brother, Scott was saved that night as well. Pastor Charlie Barnes baptised us shortly after that. Mt Zion SB Church in Piasa Illinois was a Church on fire for quite some time.

At the age of 14, I answered God’s call to preach. My first sermon was at that same Church of my salvation. By 16, I was pastor at Bethlehem SB Church in neighbouring Shipman Illinois. It was that same year, Pastor Lucille Anderson of Fidelity Assembly of God in Fidelity Illinois prayed me through the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. I was a spirit-filled Pentecostal pastoring a Southern Baptist Church. It was a God Happening every week. There was a sense of revival over our area.

I am currently being shepherded at Gateway of Hope Church in Houston Texas. My pastor is a spirit filled a man with a desire to raise up an army of well-prepared ministers, evangelists, teachers, deacons, elders, and worship leaders. He is not focused on numbers in the seats. He is our Apostle Paul, mentoring each of us. He invites these junior disciples to fill his pulpit regularly. My Church inspires me often. I thank God for them daily. There is an anointing constantly upon the worship team which flows into the crowd. We know that Jesus is a regular member.

My fiance was the main contributing factor in my return to ministry and seeking online training in biblical studies. He is my daily inspiration. Without David, the Holy Spirit would have had a much harder time of convincing me to leap out of complacency. I praise God for introducing us.

After many failed attempts to gain ministry studies that were affordable, flexible and inclusive, I happened across the advertisement for CLI. Christian Leaders Institute was exactly what I needed to complete my Pentecostal Minister Training that fits my schedule! As a full time truck driver, I work up to 16 hours a day and five or six days a week. The at your pace, no rush atmosphere of study is fantastic for me. The teaching seems sound, thus far. Leadership has a passion for this same revival I seek to inspire. Their scholarship class has been challenging, but not overwhelming. The material is well prepared. Their campus being online is impressive. Their reach is worldwide. They make exceptions for students in countries that are not receptive to the Christian message. I feel I have found a great place to grow.
As this article draws to a close, I would ask you to pray for my ministry in these following areas. I crave an overpowering anointing for souls, boldness to mention Jesus everywhere I travel to as many as will hear me, and a silencing from the Holy Spirit when I have spoken enough words. I sometimes say too much. I further ask that I be led to those souls the Church has chosen to leave out: those who feel forgotten, those who sense they were forsaken, and those who were flat forbidden from worshipping somewhere. I ask that God leads me to them. Pray for me, and I will pray for the readers of this posting as well. May you be blessed by his Spirit today. Amen

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A True Story of Ruin to Heartfelt Riches

Patrick D. Garlock – United States of America
My name is Patrick Garlock. I was born in southern California, USA, the youngest of an integrated family of 10 boys. I remained in SoCal until my mother passed away from cancer when I was 11. I moved to the Midwest state of Kansas to live with my father and step-mom. I adapted to the different lifestyle and environment pretty quickly. Soon after, however, I lost my father as a 12-year-old. Sadly, I would lose my closest brother, Dennis, right after my 13th birthday. My Step mother legally adopted me and I finished my primary schooling in a rough and tumble neighborhood, and a very challenging home life until I would graduate high school.
When I was 16 years of age, my friend invited my girlfriend Stacy and I to his church. I would go reluctantly, but then I heard the message of salvation through Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for me. That, was the biggest decision of my life! I embraced it immediately and fell in love with my savior.
After high school I would forego college, jump right into the workforce and start a family. Stacy and I got married and had two children, a son and then a daughter. We found a home church and soon I would begin a ministry in volunteer radio. I began a youth-oriented radio program on Saturday nights in the northeast Kansas area and ran the helm for seven years. It was a wonderful outreach. We blended edgy Christian music with conversation and interviews. It was a phenomenal time of my life and it really held me accountable as a young believer.
As our kids were reaching the end of high school and the start of college, Stacy fell ill. Soon discovering that she had the blood cancer disease called Leukemia. It was a very rare form and the prognosis was fairly bleak. She would have a bone marrow transplant and live another year after that, eventually succumbing to the disease. I would be left a widower and for a period of time, I felt very lost. I had lost my high school sweetheart and wife of 22 years.
I wanted to keep her memory alive so I began to do speaking engagements for the American Cancer Society. Little did I know that I had a gift in public speaking. I continued to do engagements, once to twice per month for a while, all over the region. Each time with a great deal of positive feedback. But it was something I was doing for others. I needed to find my walk again. At this point my faith was strong, but my walk was weak.
I had stopped going to church a few years before this point, ironically. So upon an invitation, I would wander into this small bible church. The only way that I can describe it is that it felt like home. I had never felt so drawn to a place. Nothing flashy, just fellow believers who were solid in their faith and an extremely smart, veteran Pastor.
Soon I would rededicate my life to Jesus Christ. I was baptized for the first time in my life and not long after I was on the worship team. Then I would restart a youth program that was defunct at our church! In April of 2015, however, would come THE calling. I woke up at 2am and was told it was time. Something I felt twenty years earlier, was about to be realized. I was to a be a Pastor. I knew it like I’ve never known anything as intently before in my life. I did what was the only decision… I answered the call.
I was street smart, but now was the time to get some formal training and I had no idea where to go. On a single income I couldn’t afford to take on any more debt (I was still paying bills from Stacy’s long, expensive care). I would stumble upon Christian Leader’s Institute and enrolled immediately. Time would only tell if this was quality education, but from the reviews I read, how could it not be?
Fast forward to 18 months later and here I am. I have a Commissioned Pastoral Degree and I’m almost complete with my Ordination to be a Pastor!
CLI has been more than I could ever imagined. I could not fathom the quality of education I was going to receive when I began. The intelligence and experience of the Professor/Pastors is one thing that makes this incredible. They teach COMPLETELY from the Word of God. Their own life experience is obvious because when they communicate it’s from the heart of experience. The classes are intense, accurate, informative and thought-provoking.
All that I had when I began my formal training was life experience. I wasn’t Bible smart. Sure I could quote a handful of scriptures but I could not exegete the Living Word. But now I can. With this training, coupled with the support of my church, it has enabled me to grow in God more exponentially than I could have pictured 18 months ago. My Pastor is my mentor and has taken me under his wing. With 40 years of ministry experience, he is a wealth of knowledge.
Since beginning the classes at CLI, a lot has changed for me. I met a single, wonderful woman of God at my church. We recently married and combined families ourselves. I now have love for the second time in my life and a wonderful step son (who is part of our Youth Tribe)! We serve an amazing God that already knows what we are going to do before we realize it ourselves. And that’s such a crazy, awesome thought!
Please pray for my future with this church as they are considering adding me onto staff, for the Youth of our church and of the world and also for my family. My children lost their mother to a horrible form of cancer and it will take some time for them to heal. Thank you!