“Jimmy” Simon Polycarp came to Macedonia from Nigeria during the Communist era to study engineering. Instead of finding Lenin, he found Jesus Christ … and became an evangelist! Today he oversees a disciple-making ministry through 20 churches he has
planted throughout his adopted country. Always looking for new ways to reach all Macedonians with the love of Jesus Christ, Jimmy hosted a CHE Vision Seminar in February, sponsored by CHE Central Europe Partners. The vision of wholistic outreach and development in poor communities resonated with Jimmy and his leadership team and and they arranged with us to do a CHE Training of Trainers Conference (TOT1) for key church workers, May 20 to 25 in Stip, Macedonia.
Because of the generous giving of CHE Central Europe Partners, we were able to hold the TOT1 at the church’s youth camp/training center. Ron and Jeannie, plus Dr. Ture Huhtamaki (Finland) and Agron Aga and Dr. Patriot Hoxhaj (Albania) facilitated the training. Praise the Lord with us that we now have 14 newly-trained, Macedonian CHE workers for Jimmy’s 20 churches! As we concluded the week-long training, many of these students expressed their desire and passion to begin CHE in their churches and communities. We made plans for the further consulting, resourcing and training of this team to help get their community projects up and running.
One unique feature of this CHE 35-hour course was that it had to be held entirely out-doors, since the training center was not large enough for all of us! We thank those of you who prayed for this. The weather cooperated perfectly, only raining at night! PTL!
We have prayed since 2014 for CHE and CHE programs to be established in Macedonia. Thanks to your faithful support and the grace of God, we are one step closer to that reality. Now pray for these new trainees to take the next step of engagement!