Many parts of the global Church are in the grip of a ‘theological famine’.
False teaching is rife. There are not enough Bibles or Christian resources to equip the saints. And sadly, there is a shortage of well-trained, well-equipped leaders.
Moore College helps provide ‘theological famine relief’ for the global church in various ways. Some of our graduates are sent out as missionaries to teach and to lead. Our Centre for Global Mission translates theological resources such as the Moore PTC. And Moore College trains international students here on-site.
Many of our international students come here from countries where churches don’t always teach the Bible well, or where they face pressure for their faith.
Christians in these countries may wonder if it’s worth sticking with Jesus, or have a distorted view of the gospel. Such Christians need well-taught shepherds who can teach and lead them in the ways of our Lord (1 Peter 5:1-5). And Moore College welcomes such leaders to train and prepare them for ministry with their people.
Every international student who comes to us gets the same training as our local students: world-class face-to-face and full-time Reformed theological education. This education prepares them for a lifetime of ministry, no matter where they’re heading.
But studying here isn’t cheap for overseas students.
International students don’t receive financial assistance from the Australian Government. They don’t receive any Fee-Help or Austudy. They must pay for fees and living expenses out of their own pockets.
And so, many don’t come. Many have no choice but to train in their own theological and Bible colleges, many of which are patchy regarding gospel faithfulness. But with compromised gospel training comes compromised gospel ministry. Sadly, poor training harms the growth of the gospel across the world.
But if we can help train the next generation of international ministry leaders (especially for the Majority World), this will help the gospel grow and bring more people into the Kingdom.
And so Moore College has instituted the International Student Fund, which supports international students while they study with us. This fund helps international students complete their studies and return to lead ministries in their home countries.
I spoke with one such international student, Khanh Nguyen, from Vietnam, who has just finished his first year at College. Vietnam is officially communist, and Khanh told me the church is under pressure from regular government surveillance and government control. He couldn’t attend a theological college in Vietnam, but thankfully, the door opened for him to come to study at Moore College to prepare him for a lifetime of ministry.
Khanh says the International Student Fund has helped him to study at Moore through its financial support. Without it, he could not continue his studies.
And as the borders remain open, many more international students like Khanh will train with us.
Will you give to the International Student Fund to help Moore College train the next generation of International Church and Ministry leaders like Khanh?
If the next generation of international leaders is poorly trained, this will harm the growth of the gospel worldwide. But if this generation of international leaders is well-trained, the gospel will advance under God. And Moore College is helping provide that much-needed training!
Please give to the International Student Fund, so Moore College can help train the next generation of International Ministry Leaders, and provide theological famine relief to the global Church.
To give to the International Student Fund, please visit moore.edu.au/donate.