To accommodate the tremendous growth of this program we are now building Bible school campuses in strategic cities across the country, to provide each province with essential infrastructure for their training efforts. In most locations we have completed the first phase of development, equipping each Bible school campus with an academic building that provides two classrooms, a library, and administrative office space.
Bible School Development Plan
Phase 1 – Academic Building (3,864 sq ft)
Phase 2 – Dormitory (2,970 sq ft)
Phase 3 – Chapel / Conference Center (6,844 sq ft)
The Kindu Bible School serves the training needs of the remote Maniema Province, with a population of 1.8 million. Because of the generous support of our partners in the states, we were able to finish the two-story, phase one academic building (3,869 sq ft) in June 2012. It’s two large classrooms, library, and four administrative offices are already being used beyond capacity. Funds are currently being raised to finish a security wall around the perimeter of this Bible school property.
The Lubumbashi Bible School’s first phase of construction was recently completed. The 3,864 sq ft academic building now provides this training center with two large classrooms, four offices, and a library to help serve the training needs of the vast Katanga Province with a population of more than 10 million. As construction progresses, we are excited about the potential of this new beachhead of training in DR Congo’s second largest city.
In October 2006 we established a Bible school extension in Mbandaka. From its inception it has been bursting at the seams. Now with more than 10 successful years of training behind it and the production of more than 100 graduates, this training center has proven itself to be a viable force and is fueling the fires of evangelism and church planting in the Equateur Province. Thanks to generous donations from our partners in the states, construction on the phase one academic building was completed in 2009.
Thanks to the generous giving of our partners in the states the academic building in Mbuji-Mayi has been completed! The classrooms, offices, and library are now buzzing with activity and being used to capacity. The national church is rejoicing in the inauguration of this building as it is the first Assemblies of God leadership training facility ever to be built in the Kasaï-Oriental Province.
The Kananga Bible School serves the training needs of the Kasaï-Occidental Province with a population of 5.9 million. This province is believed by many to be the stronghold of cultic activity in DR Congo. It is inundated with many false doctrines and sects. We believe that this Bible school has the potential to equip the church to lead this province out of its dark history and fulfill its great purpose.
The Maï-Ndombe region of northern Bandundu has been known to be a stronghold of witchcraft for many years. The first Congolese missionaries who tried to bring the gospel into this area were chased away or killed. However, a handful of national Assemblies of God pastors have been working in the area since 1990, and have been successful in planting many new churches. But because of a lack of access to Bible school training in the region, in 2006 there were still only five trained Assemblies of God pastors working in all of northern Bandundu. The Nioki Bible School is helping to meet this need.