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International: Margie Hollingsworth

Equipping the Saints is a ministry which God unfolded in my local area. We seek to equip parents with difficult parts of their  student’s education in areas parents may be weak, so that parents can finish their ministry well with their strengths. God is naturally extending this mission overseas as I will use my secondary math and science skills and experience with alternative learning needs to equip and help missionaries with their own children, or with the students they serve. This will enable the missionaries to stay in the field and continue in the work of their ministry.

 

“And He Himself gave some to be ….. teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,”  Ephesians 4:11-12

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More About the Jordons

In addition to our work in Congo, Dean is also working and teaching alongside other ministries in African countries. All six children have now returned to the States for college, four are married, and we have 14 grandchildren.

Dean and Autumn Jordon have successfully raised their six children in Kinshasa, one of the largest and most difficult cities in Africa. Now, deep in the interior, Dean partners with Congolese agricultural engineer and registered nurse, Pierre Nguelielie, and Pierre’s nurse/wife Beatrice.

To develop a unique pastoral training school in that war-torn and virtually roadless country, they are using smaller satellite schools, specially designed to meet the needs there. Each satellite school becomes a small local community of pastors and families, who closely live, learn and work together for two years. In addition to the inductive Bible curriculum adapted from KMTI, students, and their families also learn to plant crops and raise small animals, often forgotten skills in a country where more than five million people—generations of parents and grandparents—were killed in a long-running civil war.

At the end of the two-year training program, each pastor, and his family goes back to their village to begin a satellite school there, including other local pastors who have the same needs. Each of these families takes with them tools, seed, and the needed starter animals for a new beginning with a new satellite school and a new student body.

Learning the biblical skills of godly living in the context of community has special advantages. A group of families living and working together in close quarters has abundant opportunity to learn to forbear and to forgive, to serve as Jesus taught his disciples, and to grow in the graces of kindness and generosity. Learning these truths from the Bible, as the occasion arises, means that each lesson is clothed in real life, the life they and their congregations will lead for years to come.

The teaching families, the Jordans and the Nguelielies, have themselves become a seed which is falling into the ground to yield fruit for others to eat.

For more information about the Jordans visit their website: http://www.jordonministries.com