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"Every time I think about moments like this, moments where people actually see him for who he is and give to him the glory he deserves, that is a unique moment. Now, if you were to search the moments of your life, how many moments have you had like that, where you knew who he was, it was clear to you, and you gave him the praise due his name in that moment?" Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis

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Around the World

 

Juan Pablo Herrera of our Dallas TUMI staff recently made a trip to Guadalajara, Mexico, for TUMI expansion purposes. He led two TUMI classes with a group of new students, including some pastors who are interested in having TUMI in their churches.

One of the students participated in TUMI in a California prison. After serving a 27-year sentence for his gang activity he was released. Upon being released to Guadalajara he found out there was a TUMI class where he could continue his studies. He is eager to graduate.

There was another meeting for pastors and leaders that represented four different churches and cities that are interested in having TUMI in their respective cities. They will begin with Fight the Good Fight of Faith with the plan of adding Capstone training in the near…

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“Revive Us Again,” Seeking Spiritual Revival in the City

See: Deuteronomy 4.29, 32.46-47, I Chronicles 16.11, 28.9, 2 Chronicles 6. 37-39, 20.3, Psalm 14.2, 27.4 and 8, Psalm 32.6, 95.7, Deuteronomy 30.1-6, Daniel 9.3, Haggai 1.5, Isaiah 45.19, 55.6-7, 60.1, Jeremiah 29.12-14, Matthew 7, 7-8. Amos 5.6, Zephaniah 2.2-3, John 12.35-36, 2 Corinthians 6.1-2, Hebrews 3.13.

If the Scripture is clear about one fact, it is plain that our God desires to be desired for, he longs to be longed for, and responds to those who draw near to him. In a real sense, revival is about our seeking the face of God in such a way that he chooses to make his presence felt in an extraordinary way.

Revival is quite simple: revival is the manifestation of God in an extraordinary way, the divine visitation of the living God to heal, deliver, cleanse, and empower. It is nothing less than the very divine presence being experienced in a new and…

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TUMI's Partnership with India Gospel League

It is TUMI’s privilege to be co-laborers with the India Gospel League (IGL). IGL is an indigenous ministry based in Tamil Nadu State of southern India, but reaching across the world. In the past 25 years, IGL has planted 90,000 village churches in India, in areas of desperate poverty and ancient idolatry. A group of Wichita-area churches have supported IGL for a number of years, and that is how we first connected with IGL leadership. Our shared passion is church planting, and TUMI’s resources are of great interest to IGL.

The official language of Tamil Nadu is Tamil, which is one of the oldest written languages in the world. It is estimated to be spoken by about 80 million people. In summer of 2018, a translation partnership with IGL began. Their staff started Tamil translation work on our discipleship study…

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Dr. Davis will be traveling to Cleveland, OH to speak at a MissionSmith event on April 6th.  "Igniting a Kingdom Movement in Cleveland" will be held at Cleveland's Family Ministry Center, and registration is still available.  You can connect to the event via Facebook by clicking HERE.  Click HERE to see more information via the Building Hope in the City website.

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Play Your Part Well and Soar

Years ago, when I was a member of a small Korean-American, English speaking congregation, I noticed a new visitor to our church during our fellowship time.  I went over to introduce myself, welcomed him to our church, and engaged him in conversation.  I learned that his name was David and he told me that he played the violin.  In my attempt to find common ground and to develop our conversation further, I shared that I used to play the cello when I was a kid, specifically from 5th-12th grade.  He politely listened to my stories.   Our conversation lasted only a few minutes, but I believed that I had made a connection with the new visitor and I encouraged him to come back some time.  He thanked me for the warm welcome. …

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I wrote my dissertation on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, the great preacher-orator-civil rights leader who changed the face of America's social landscape through his victorious civil rights movement aimed to foster freedom and equality in our society.  As a young seminarian, recently married and about to take over his father's congregation in Atlanta, Dr. King was recruited to lead a movement of poor people in Montgomery, Alabama who sought redress against discrimination in that city's public transportation system.  Spawned through the courage of Rosa Parks who one day decided that she was too tired to move to the back of the bus, a spontaneous movement of Montgomery citizens determined to oppose that city's unjust and unconstitutional segregation of Blacks to the back of public…

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Facilitating Urban Leadership Training

TUMI’s stated purpose is to equip leaders for the urban church, especially among the poor, to advance the Kingdom of God. As the adage goes, “That’s easier said than done.” With dozens of satellites and thousands of students, exactly how do we do it? After all, we don’t have “boots-on-the-ground” staff presence in our 212 sites in 15 countries, including 63 prisons and jails (as of August 2015), nor do we have any plans to do so. We will not deploy TUMI staff throughout our ever-growing network to do hands-on, face-to-face mentoring on the field.

How then do we facilitate the training of urban leaders, both domestically and abroad? The answer is simple: we do it by collaborating with partners in mission. The partnerships that we establish and maintain with like-minded churches, denominations, and other ministries make our…

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Al Ewert and Michael Bankston visited Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. They met with pastors and leaders in Uganda, attending and spoke at a TUMI Graduation in Kenya, and visited a TUMI Site and spoke with leaders there in Tanzania.

"In Uganda we went to a two-day conference with hundreds of pastors. Jeff Anderson, president of International Bible Conferences, taught through Ephesians in expository fashion. His goal was to help the pastors get vision for teaching verse by verse over a book of the Bible. Many were from rural communities where churches are being rapidly planted. Most have no training materials. In fact there were pastors who had no Bible, other than on their phone. When they found out we had a few Bibles a number asked if there was one for them.

"I presented Fight the Good Fight at the conference. I gave vision for how this book could be used in their churches along with the Ephesians study that Jeff was giving a model for. We had brought…

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TUMI in New Guinea

 
Bobby Wrenn is the President of Beyond Baptism and TUMI Site Coordinator of Faith Bible College in Papua New Guinea (PNG).  Several years ago he heard about TUMI’s Capstone curriculum through World Impact’s Ted Smith and became intrigued by the possibilities to use it in the jungle village of Tiap, PNG.  There are only grass huts, no…
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Snake River Correctional Institution Graduation

 

Fifteen inmates are the first to complete the TUMI Capstone certificate program and celebrate graduation in the Snake River Correctional Institution in Oregon.
 
After completing the 16 modules of seminary level curriculum, spanning 3-1/2 years, each student earned a certificate in Christian Leadership Studies.
 
Thanks to Prison Fellowship's partnership with The Urban Ministry Institute, students have been equipped with a strong foundation in theology, preparing them for Christian leadership.
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TUMI in Thailand

“I am a pastor with leaders who need training. Can you help us?”

This was the question we heard over and over again. We were in Bangkok, Thailand for The Global Proclamation Congress this past June. More than 400 denominations, organizations, and missions groups were present, and we at World Impact sent a six-member delegation to explore ways we could provide resources helpful for indigenous churches to make their contribution to the Great Commission. We did not foresee, however, that God would so dramatically open doors that this event would become one of the most fruitful events in our history.

Over the time we met with more than 600 laborers from nations across the globe. They humbled us by their gospel outreach in the face of decades of persecution and hardship—in villages, cities and prisons. Their commitment to reach…

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