The Evangelical Seminary of West Africa (ESWA) is now just 18 months old under the leadership of Dr. Rick Calenberg. The seminary is located near ELWA junction, only a few miles from the ELWA campus in Paynesville. ESWA’s objective is to offer a complete graduate school program of theological studies leading to the students receiving a master’s degree in divinity (MDiv). Rick hopes that ELWA will serve the English-speaking students in West Africa for many years and will provide them with the theological training that is needed to serve their congregations. ESWA’s challenges are many. Rick and his team are raising the funds to build the campus. In addition, the administrators are setting up administrative systems to manage this graduate school. At the same time, there are now about 40 students enrolled at the seminary. The 1st graduation is now scheduled for June 2021. The quote shown here represents the enthusiasm and the desire of the students in pursuing their studies at ESWA.
ESWA Student Testimonial
"In a very short space of time, my personal and ministry life is taking a definite shape. ESWA (Evangelical Seminary of West Africa) is the best thing that is happening right now in the Liberian Christian Community. I have never been involved in a very high intensity study culture as compared to the time I have spent in ESWA. The seminary is not just featuring highly credentialed lecturers but also a balanced gospel view with a high view of Scripture. I can say without a reservation that my soul has found a theological home. I am becoming a better pastor because of what you are doing with us at ESWA. I am grateful."
The ambition and drive of these Liberian divinity students motivates the EMAUSA Board to support the construction of the ESWA campus. In our 2020 fundraising goals EMAUSA pledged to raise ($50,000) to assist in building its campus. Wouldn’t you like to participate in this program to encourage these divinity students and to assist in the construction of the ESWA campus?
“To glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by producing Godly servant-leaders for West Africa; to serve the church, fulfill the Great Commission and transform the world. (Matthew 28:18-20).” ESWA is the only interdenominational, evangelical graduate seminary in Liberia.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)
In the United States and in Liberia, "Peace" would probably be the last word to describe 2020. COVID-19 worldwide and elections in our country have not instilled peace as the world understands it.
How does the world view peace? The world’s peace is circumstantial. This peace is totally external and can be taken away in a moment of changing circumstances. A diagnosis from your doctor, the loss of a job, a past due bill you can't pay are all circumstantial peace killers. Remove these problems and you are peaceful again--waiting for the next time you are not.
But Jesus’ peace in the verse above is altogether different and has nothing to do with circumstances. It passes all understanding (Phil 4:7). Jesus tells us that God is in control and he loves you. He tells us that "...In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
From November 2020 Newsletter - Subscribe
The mission for ELWA in Liberia for more than 65 years has been centered around the belief that no one should live and die without hearing God's good news. To this end, we invited you to join us in three ministry projects to share the Gospel and disciple believers in Liberia. Fundraising is off to a good start. See how we are doing below.
We still need lots of financial help on these three projects! Please consider a year-end donation.
From September 2020 Newsletter - Subscribe
"Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith." Hebrews 13:7
The Lord has worked for the past six years to accomplish a vision for an interdenominational evangelical seminary in Liberia to train pastors for the church in Liberia and West Africa. In 2019, the first class of pastors began deep pastoral training.
The vision statement of The Evangelical Seminary of West Africa (ESWA) reads:
The Evangelical Seminary of West Africa seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by producing Godly servant-leaders for West Africa; to serve the church, fulfill the Great Commission and transform the world through a high view of Scripture, innovative training, research, and engagement in communities.
The seminary is a fledgling ministry with a large number of needs to serve pastors who do not have the formal Biblical training. These pastors love the Lord and have a great passion to learn more about the Bible. Rick Calenberg, president of the seminary, has shared some of the seminaries pressing needs below:
(1) Renovation of the pavilion to provide a larger classroom for an increased student body and for conferences. They also plan to use the pavilion for expanded Sunday and Wednesday church services.
(2) Building of a security wall, guardhouse and security lights.
(3) Renovation of the duplex on campus and building a library for a growing collection of books.
(4). Computers and scholarships for the ESWA students (Many pastors already have second jobs to support their families so partial tuition support is extremely helpful).
Most importantly, the seminary leadership ask for prayer; for the Lord’s provision to sustain and develop ESWA. The small tuition charged will only cover about one tenth of the annual budget, so wisdom is needed and financial partners are needed for the vision of ESWA to be realized.
EMAUSA would like to raise $25,000 to help this new seminary thrive. Click on the video below to learn more about ESWA.
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