A LONGTERM INVESTMENT IN MINISTRY
By giving through OCA you can be confident that your funds will go towards growing God’s church and impacting each society, not just this year, but in the decades ahead as competent leaders are trained for their ministry in their own country.
Overseas Council Australia comes alongside theological colleges who are training people to become change agents in their communities; people who share the gospel with words which are supported by their actions.
With OCA there is always the opportunity to support individual men and women in need of sponsorship studying at these or any of our other partner colleges. For $2,000 a year ($167 per month) you can train, equip and prepare someone called by God to minister in whatever context God has prepared for them.
Libraries for the Unregistered Church in China
During the Cultural Revolution of 1966 – 76 Christian communities in China were forced underground and the Chinese house church movement emerged. The greatest need for the underground churches in China are Biblical teachers who can exegete the scriptures and teach the true gospel from the Word of God. OCA is currently seeking support to purchase books and theological resources in Chinese to build up the libraries of Bible Colleges from the unregistered Chinese church.
Total Project: $40,000
Still Needed: $17,850
$5,000 for an updated Chinese library for one college
The Pasifika Strategy is a twenty five year plan to redefine theological training and church leadership in the Pacific. Now four years into the strategy OCA has supported the training of more than 30 evangelical church leaders and faculty members from bible colleges across the Pacific at Masters level. With your help we can realise the 25 year goal to transform the church of the Pacific.
We are currently supporting 15 students in the MTh program from PNG and around the Pacific.
We are also working with nine Bible colleges in the various islands of the Pacific to assist with library and IT needs.
$15,000 per family per year for MTh Study
$2,000 per Bible College per year for library support
As China seeks new values for its rapidly changing society there are many opportunities for the church. Established in 2001, the Christian Studies program at Peking University provides a unique opportunity to train a generation of ministers for the growing church of China and Biblical scholars to teach religious studies courses in other universities. Located at the nation's prestigious Peking University in Beijing, the Christian Studies program is energising the Chinese church with biblically competent and culturally sensitive Christian leaders of the highest calibre. OCA is seeking support for 30 Masters students.
Total Project: $100,000
Still Needed: $39,650
Photocopier for SAIACS Library
South Asia Institute for Advanced Christian Studies is seeking to purchase a new high end photocopier for their library. The photocopier is for use by all students, faculty and staff, and will greatly assist with daily functioning of the college. (In India copier costs reflect the real cost of production, unlike Australia where purchase costs are low and toner costs are high.)
Total Project: $8,600
Still Needed: $8,600
Samaritan Strategy in Kenya (Carlile College)
The Samaritan Strategy is a discipleship training programme that forms the basis of training of pastors at grassroots level in the informal settlements of Nairobi through the Centre of Urban Mission. The courses introduce the concept of integral mission in the community, through the ministry of the local church. The Samaritan Strategy programme aims at training pastors and church leaders on a biblical worldview and re-emphasizing the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.
Total Project $20,000
Still Needed $14,400
Arab Baptist Theological Seminary Online
In some parts of the Middle East and North Africa pastors are restricted from travelling to obtain ministry training. ABTS and other Bible colleges in the region have developed a new web-based theological course for certificate, diploma and bachelor degrees. These have been specifically designed for the needs of pastors in the Middle East and North Africa region. Many of these students are from Syria and Algeria where they are new converts but already pastoring churches.
Total Project: $30,000
Still Needed: $17,700
LAN and WiFi Infrastructure Project (SAIACS)
The expansion of the college together with the increase in web based and internet software means that the wireless architecture at SAIACS is no longer an efficient mechanism for students, staff and faculty to secure reliable internet access. SAIACS is working towards installing new LAN and WiFi infrastructure to improve the reliability of internet access within the college.
Total Project: $18,500
Still Needed: $18,500
Allahabad Centre for the Study of Indian Culture and Society
The great variety of
belief patterns in India mean that each Christian minister needs to work out
the unique elements of the
local community in
which they go to serve.The Centre for the Study of Indian Culture and Society
(CSICS) is a ministry of Allahabad Bible Seminary and is a unique training
environment for pastors and church planters. Through lectures, discussion, and private research
they learn how to better understand the Hindu context
in which they are working. They can apply these insights to their
particular village or area of ministry.
Total Project: $14,300
Still Needed: $7,200
MBTI Principal Salary
This young college has been encouraged by OCA from the start. A key appointment was the first full-time principal a couple of years ago. Dr Keweralo Lohe is a graduate in missions from SAIACS in India and is making a great contribution to the college. To encourage the work, OCA has undertaken to help with the first few years of Keweralo's ministry while the local supporter base builds up. We will also be assisting in developing a local fund raising team through coaching to help them become self-sufficient.
Total Project: $17,000
Still Needed: $17,000
Masters in Transformational Leadership
In Asia there are a myriad of Christian mission and non-government agencies working in aid and development. The Asia Graduate School of Theology Alliance has initiated the delivery of a Masters course to promote Biblically based ‘best practice’ for leaders already working in the field. The MA is a field based program that reflects on the complexities of urban poverty. OCA is seeking to support new students in the 2016 intake.
Total Project: $42,800
Still Needed: $33,900
$5,000 per student per module
12 Seater Bus for SAIACS
Various departments at SAIACS regularly transport students and staff for Sunday programmes, fieldtrips, internships and ministry programmes. The current vehicles are over 15 years old and need replacement. SAIACS hopes to purchase a 12 seater vehicle for use by the college.
Total Project: $42,900
Still Needed: $42,900
Kalaymyo Consortium of Bible Colleges
The city of Kalaymyo in north Myanmar is a hub of christian education with more than a dozen colleges in the city. It is a mission minded church area and many pastors plant churches throughout the country.
Several years ago OC NZ began working with about ten of these colleges to help them cooperate on curriculum, library and faculty training. OCA has been a keen partner in the project. The ultimate goal is to help these colleges get accredited at Bachelor of Theology level and thus provide will for the leadership needs of the vibrant church of the region. Some students will go on to study at MEGST at masters level and return as faculty members in these colleges, thus ensuring a higher quality of teaching for the region.
Funds will go towards the teaching programs in Kalaymyo to lift up the many faculty members' competence in teaching their students.
Total Project: $30,000
Still Needed: $29,700
Carlile College. Director CUM Funding
Nancy Njagi is the director for the Center for Urban Mission, a ministry of Carlile College in the hear of Nairobi, Kenya. To encourage this great ministry opportunity OCA contributes to the salary of Nancy.
Total Project: $21,500
Still Needed: $16,500
Union Bible Theological College Student Sponsorship
Through studying at UBTC, students learn the concepts they need to minister effectively in Mongolia. Ten students are currently seeking support.
$2,000 per student per year
Mongolian Commentary Series at UBTC
Although English has been gradually replacing Russian as the second most frequently spoken language, it is still not widely used. All classes at UBTC are in Mongolian, however there is no biblical commentary series available in Mongolian. OCA will partner with UBTC to pay for the translation and development of a theological and biblical commentary series to be published in Mongolian. Funds will cover costs for UBTC faculty to do research and writing. The first four books will be written in the coming two years.
Total Project: $10,000
Still Needed: $7,550