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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. 

Little did I know who David really was until the following morning when I opened the Entertainment section of the local newspaper and saw a picture of David on the front page with the headline stating that David Kim had been named the Concertmaster/First Chair violinist

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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 transportation. 

Through his constant pressure upon the city's municipal government, his inspiration and leadership of the many African-American churches and community, and through his wise generalship of t

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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 facilitation efforts possible. Specifically, our curricula and programs outfit partners to equip their own leaders to do effective urban ministry.

At first glance, o

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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 close to 100 copies and the leaders

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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 electricity and no running water, but the Word of God is there!  Bobby is also working with TUMI’s Harold Roesler to complete a translation of Fight the Good Fight of Faith into the Tok Pisin language.
The picture below is from a recent training that Bobby conducted to teach the mentors how to facilitate the classes. Currently this is the only classroom for Faith Bible College. However we have procured a grant to build a permanent building with a concrete foundation. It will have two classrooms and an office. Since there is no electric grid everything will be solar powered.
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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 the unreached people in the most hostile regions was inspiring.

We shared with them our strategic vision; explained our expansive catalog of discipleship, church pl

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