Regions

God is at work through Entrust, multiplying leaders for multiplying churches. Starting in Eastern Europe and Russia during the Cold War, and now expanded in the rest of Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, North America, Entrust, by God’s grace, is equipping new generations of Christians to serve well in the local church.

 

AFRICA

Entrust is honored to serve in sub-Saharan Africa through our indigenous ministry partner, More than a Mile Deep (MMD). MMD brings African-designed, non-formal, church-based training to thousands. In addition, Entrust staff serve in formal ministry education settings and in grassroots leadership training and development initiatives. These other initiatives include Global Mentorship Network and International College of Bible and Missions (ICBM).

Read ministry stories from Africa.

ICBM Virtual Vision Trip

Take a virtual vision trip to International College of Bible and Missions, an Entrust ministry partner in Johannesburg, where local pastors with limited means are studying Bible and theology.

Content and process must be culturally relevant

Is Entrust’s Developing a Discerning Heart course relevant to women in Africa? Absolutely! Its foundation on the word of God crosses all cultural barriers and makes it a powerful course for life transformation.

Global Mentorship Network

Global Mentorship Network aims to impact not only current leaders, but future generations of leaders – mentor leaders who mentor leaders for professional excellence and spiritual formation.

ICBM: equipping diverse peoples for diverse roles in the local church

God is using International College of Bible and Missions to train and equip current and future local church leaders from multiple backgrounds.

Two new churches are born

Planting and Nurturing Enduring Churches. Who’s ever heard of, let alone taken, let alone successfully completed, a course with a title like that? Two students taking part in More than a Mile Deep* training in Zimbabwe took this course and not only successfully completed it, but actually planted two churches in the process.

Spreading the love of Jesus ... and peanut butter!

Many in South Africa ran out of food during the COVID lockdown. Our family prayed about how to help and soon Joseph came to our house asking for food.

Deep learning, wide applications

More than a Mile Deep (MMD) in Moçambique celebrated the greatest milestone of its existence on October 5, 2019. Ten students graduated from a discipleship program with a fully accredited bachelor’s in theology (B.Th.) degree.

Engaging in a culture of religious pluralism

My husband Arthur and I serve at the International College of Bible and Missions in Johannesburg. Arthur is the principal and also teaches several courses. I also teach occasionally.

ASIA

Asia is the world’s largest continent both in terms of geography and population. Entrust’s emphasis on equipping Christians within the context of the local church, using adult learning methods, informal training modules and a strategy of multiplication (each group of learners in turn training a new group of students), is well-suited to the need for effective ministry training for over 4 billion people, many in countries where the gospel is restricted.

Read ministry stories from Asia.

 

Sofia: one in many millions

A one-in-several-million-chance. A blessed accident. An astounding coincidence? Or God’s perfect plan. Sofia could be one of those first options, but we believe she is the latter — God’s perfect plan and gift to our ministry and to her country.

Peter and Sarah*, Asia

Rural pastors with few resources and no time to leave home for ministry training. These are the people Peter and Sarah are preparing to serve. The goal is to bring contextualized pastoral and theological education to spiritually hungry but untrained Christian leaders in a difficult region.

Multiplying beyond Asia

After searching the internet for training opportunities, Esther came all the way from Kenya to take Facilitating Relational Learning (FRL) in Asia in 2015...

 

EUROPE

Once the center of Christianity, now many church buildings sit empty, are being re-purposed as condos, museums or office buildings, or are being torn down. A top priority in the world is the re-evangelization of Europe, but this can only be done with a renewed generation of European leaders. Entrust started in Europe back in 1979 and we are still here training and challenging church leaders to leave religion behind and train and lead people into a relationship with Christ. Great progress is being made. 

Countries where we currently serve and train leaders include: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain

Read ministry stories from Europe.

Staying home for Christ

As a young person growing up in Valencia, the eastern region of Spain, Dámaris Zafra was fascinated with Africa. She loved meeting people from that continent, and, as a new Christian, full of zeal for Christ and the gospel, decided she wanted to go to Africa to serve God. But God had a different plan.

Latvian team celebrates final translation

The year 2021 is a landmark year for Entrust’s women’s ministry training, known as Sieviete sievietei, in Latvia. It’s the year in which a process 13 years in the making came to completion.

Heroes serving God in hard places

Marilyn Farnik spends hours on trains, traveling to conduct women’s training seminars. In her hometown of Prague, she meets with women of all ages to study Scripture, teaches English classes, helps at a children’s Bible club, and assists at evangelistic summer camps and biblical counseling conferences.

Jesus loves these Serbian Roma women

God sends me to Kucura, a village 50 minutes from my home in Novi Sad, Serbia. I have been asked to meet with the women of the only evangelical church in Kucura, a group of Roma women (aka Gypsy, but this is a derogatory word).

Vision realized

One of the valuable lessons the Lord has taught me over the years is to wait, wait and wait for him. Five years of prayers and two years of meetings, discussions, tears, still more prayers and seeking godly legal advice are over.

The Bible Study: a safe haven for women in Vienna

Editor’s note. Entrust was born in Vienna. Entrust women have been instrumental in guiding an international women’s Bible study in that city since the 1980s. The study continues strong today with Entrust’s Sandy Shaffer as one of its leaders.

From second to third generation: the joy of entrusting truth to others

One of the goals of any Entrust training is that the learners pass along new understanding and skills to additional groups of learners. We’re delighted to introduce Daila, a second-generation learner, and her experience of equipping a third generation of women in Latvia.

Integrated church: powerful testimony

On a pleasant September afternoon, my wife Lynn and I waited in an empty, worn-out train station in a small village. God was about to answer another prayer. Since arriving in Serbia, we had been praying for God to lead us to the people and churches he wanted us to serve.

 

MIDDLE EAST

By God’s grace and to his glory, Entrust is serving local churches, refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in this volatile region of the world. Entrust is honored to provide ministry training to people in local churches and humanitarian aid to thousands of people from all backgrounds. Spiritually, it is a historic time in the regions we are serving. God is doing amazing things!

Read ministry stories from the Middle East.

I fell in love with God’s word … because of the teachers

Matthew came to faith in Christ as a young adult while a foreigner in a country not his own. He was a refugee, having fled his home country, not realizing God had vast spiritual plans for him in his new place of residence, Greece. There he encountered and accepted God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ and began to attend a Christian school.

Roaming blackouts

Lights appeared below, outlining the city as our plane approached, on our way in to help at an Entrust family camp. Suddenly the shape of the city changed as large sections below us went dark and smaller sections of light appeared.

A minority within a minority

My people were a minority within a minority, living with a belief system we could not change if we wanted to, all of life pre-determined by an impersonal god. This is the worldview into which I was born in the Middle East...

 

NORTH AMERICA

In a place awash in Bible schools and seminaries, seminars and workshops, printed literature and websites, Entrust’s ministry training modules are catching on and creating demand in the United States and Canada.

Thus, we have established ministry training hubs in the U.S. and Canada to offer concentrated, intensive ministry training opportunities to greater numbers of people. We offer local ministry training in local churches upon request. Our Our North American-based staff facilitate Entrust modules in local churches and other settings as they are able. Many churches have implemented our ministry training into the foundational structure of their churches – particularly in the area of small group leader training.

Read ministry stories from North America.

STEP internship: opportunity to learn and contribute

Kristin Anderson’s 2-month Entrust STEP internship at our home office in Colorado was a time of learning for her, and a time making valuable and lasting contributions to our ministry.

Multiplying in the United States

“The women at Tomball Bible Church are on fire,” according to Joyceln S., Entrust Women-to-Women Ministry Training (WWMT) hub coordinator in Texas. Based on that glowing report, we contacted Jennifer Frey, Women’s Team co-leader at this church in a small town 30 miles outside of Houston...

Teenagers and God’s goodness

Editor’s note. Entrust’s core modules provide principles to learn, practice and apply in all types of small groups. Entrust’s Deborah Covert used concepts from Facilitating Relational Learning with her church’s youth group (see previous article) and then, put ideas from Discovery Bible Study to work with that same group. Read on and be inspired.

Not just mentorship … friendship

Sarah and Seth Martens are active members of St. Pierre Bible Fellowship in St. Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba. They participated in Entrust’s ministry training module Facilitating Relational Learning in Manitoba in November 2020.

FRL in action

I’ve watched the youth at our church go glassy-eyed during lectures. Lecture-based learning has been our church’s primary approach to teaching our young people.