Credible Ministry Training at CLI
My name is Claude Evele, and I am excited to receive credible ministry training at CLI. I am a member of the Rhema Bible Church in South Africa. Currently, I am an elder in my local church, Les Disciples de Beree, in Lubumbashi, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Here, I oversee our Youth Ministry. I am 53 years old and a father of two daughters and a son, Nathalie, Alicia, and Claude. Originally, I am from Congo, where my mother, who just turned 85 years old, is living with some of my siblings.
My Youth and My Marriage
I grew up in a Catholic family. I was a Catholic myself and did my initiation sacraments. However, I didn’t understand much about the Christian faith until I was 17 years old. At that time, my mother brought me to a group called “The Way,” and I gave my life to the Lord Jesus. Unfortunately, the movement did not last long enough for me to get a strong Christian foundation. So, I became a backslider a few years later and for many years after.
When I was 27 years old, I married Felicité. In the same year, we were blessed with our first child, Nathalie. At 28 years old, due to some poor decisions on my part, I went through challenging times in my life. These led me to seek the Lord again. When I was 29 years old, I recommitted my life to Jesus.
Move to South Africa and New Understanding
In 1997, I moved to South Africa for work purposes and started to attend Rhema Bible Church. I became a home cell leader in 2007. During my time as a home cell leader, one of the group members recommended that I read Joseph Prince’s book “Unmerited Favor.” It challenged my understanding of the Gospel. Gradually, I received the revelation of the Grace of God, which then changed my Christian life completely. I understood the love that God has for me, the unconditional love of God.
The main difference was before I was going to the Lord our of fear for my mistakes. This time, I went to the Lord as I discovered the greatness of His love for me. I found the grace and mercy of God. He sent His one and only Son to die for my sins! I understood that He loves me unconditionally and that there was nothing that was able to separate me from that love. How amazing was that? Like Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5, verse 14, the love of Christ compelled me that I could not remain the same. This time I gave my life to Jesus, not out of fear but out of love. From then on, I became a completely different and new Christian because I understood what the Gospel is.
The Good News and Credible Ministry Training at CLI
The Gospel is THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE GRACE OF GOD TO MANKIND, EXECUTED BY THE LIFE, DEATH, AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST. I know the power that is in this simple message. It is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes. I want everybody to hear it. Nobody can remain indifferent to the true Gospel. That is why I am in ministry.
Doing Bible Study at Rhema Bible College in South Africa, I am in my first year of studies. Also, I have recently joined the Christian Leaders Institute for credible ministry training. I want not only to get knowledge and understanding to accurately handle the word of truth but also to get credibility with my congregation.
Deeply passionate about the Lord Jesus Christ, I want to be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:17).