Folami Mwele (USA)

…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

My name is Folami Mwele, and I am an up and coming pastor in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. Not to many years ago, I became disenfranchised with church as usual. Sunday after Sunday after Sunday, I would see other Believers come to church one way and leave the same way. I began to pray and believe God for revival and fresh anointing in the church. Even though, I had been in ministry all my life, I felt helpless in the area of getting Believers to renew their mind, their way of thinking, their way of praying, their way of believing, and their way of having faith that God was still yet able to deliver them in every area of their lives.

My main reason for becoming a pastor was to lead people out of darkness and into the marvelous light. To be an effective witness, and show transparency to other Believers and potential Believers. It is my belief that the only way you can effectively minister to another human being to let them know that you, yourself have had to go through some things, suffer some things, experience lost, ridicule, mistreatment, and slander, all for the anointing on your life. With a scholarship through Christian Leaders Institute, I will add to my experience, and thus become a more powerful weapon for the Kingdom of God here on earth.

It is my vision to establish a church in my hometown of Bessmer, Alabama. With the steady decline in outsourcing jobs and businesses relocating to other areas, Bessemer has become a haven for crime due to lack of jobs and lack of hope. Through my training at Christian Leaders Institute, I will be effectively equipped to minister to every man, woman, and child at the very point of their need though the preaching and teaching of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Here is a brief overview of the my vision.

To extend my present ministry into planting a church
To travel these United States and abroad evangelizing
To begin a Mentoring Center
To establish an extension center through CLI
To build a family life center which will include a fitness center, senior center, healthcare clinic, nature trail with walking trail, resource center, and assisted living facility

To me, every soul is precious, and I believe through a scholarship with CLI, I will be able to give back to my community. Not only will it further equip me, but I will be able to teach others these simple basic biblical principles, and hope that the concept will spread like fire on dry grass. If is also my belief that the church needs to become more proactive in the community. It’s time now now for us as Believers to not only talk the talk, but to walk the walk, thus not just providing a hand out, but a hand up to our brothers and sisters.

In my time in ministry, I have penned five inspirational books, and the information that I have and will gain from CLI will help me to reach more people of every race, creed, age, sex, and background. It is my mission to teach love, and show that love through Christian examples and Godly character. If we as Believers are the light of the world, and the salt of the earth, then we should seize every opportunity to shed our light abroad, and to season well.

In conclusion, I would just like to thank Christian Leaders Institute for daring to be different. Having just finished my first course, I sincerely believe that God has lead me to the right place in order to learn the proper way of shepherding God’s people. Even though many of the ministers in my area have attended costly seminaries, I believe that teaching, christian values, and mannerism of a true pastor is beyond any amount of money, and this is the gift that God has provided for me through your institution.