The Gift of Knowledge: Scholarship Ministry

 

Scripture overflows with admonition to learn and to teach the things of God.  King Solomon's words sum up this theme well: "My son, keep my words and treasure my commandments within you. Keep my commandments and live, and my teaching as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, ‘You are my sister,' and call understanding your intimate friend" (Prov. 7:1-4).

The Lord wants us to know Him and to teach others to know Him. At AMG, we have long seen that part of fulfilling this calling includes helping those who hear the Gospel to gain the tools to grow in their knowledge of truth and share it faithfully with others. This passion drives many of our ministries-from Bible correspondence courses that accompany our media evangelism efforts to intensive pastor training outreaches.

Perhaps the most important area where we teach others is through our childcare ministry. We serve kids around the world, providing food, clothing, shelter, and medical care as needed. The core of our work with each of these children, though, is built around giving them the Gospel, training them in God's Word, and fostering spiritual maturity. When a boy or girl comes under AMG's care through child sponsorship, securing them a good education is a top priority for us. In some fields, AMG operates our own schools; in others, we provide food, school supplies, tutoring, and other services to ensure that children are able to take advantage of existing local schools.

Even with this assistance from AMG, school fees for upper grades in many countries where we work, particularly Guatemala and Uganda, are still out of reach for most students who wish to finish high school. Many children drop out after sixth grade or even earlier to help their families make ends meet. To address this problem, AMG seeks to supplement our regular sponsorship program with a special scholarship fund provide through the generous support of faithful ministry partners. 

In so many cases, the lack of full education condemns young boys to lives of physical labor and poverty, susceptible to the influence offered by criminal gangs or the escape of drugs and alcohol. Young girls are led to teenage pregnancy, abuse, and desperation, even potentially falling prey to human trafficking.

It doesn't have to be this way, though. AMG scholarships can make all the difference in helping children break the cycle of poverty and enter adulthood ready to earn a living and make an impact on their families and communities. In addition to opening doors for advanced study, even a high school education in many countries qualifies a child to work as a teacher, policeman, or business administrator, offering them a path to a healthier, more stable life.

Israel, a young man from Uganda, shows just what an impact these scholarships can have. He was matched with an AMG sponsor when he was in the fourth grade; one year later, he came to know Christ as his Savior.

He writes: "Praise be to God for the wonderful work done in my life. AMG met me when I was hopeless due to the death of both my parents. No one in my family could afford to pay my school fee. But AMG was able to pay my school fees and school requirements. God has done immense things in my family because I preached to my brothers and sister. My whole family was Muslim, believing in Allah alone. Now my two elder brothers are saved plus one sister. Jesus is their Lord and Savior. I thank God for that. I thank God also that last year I finished high school and joined comprehensive nursing school for two and  half years. I have a heart to provide assistance in treatment and medication for the suffering people in hospitals."

Every day, AMG's Scholarship Fund helps children just like Israel not just to further their education and become productive citizens, but to equip them for spiritual growth and leadership in ways that impact communities and nations with the Gospel. Just $10 per month can help send a Guatemalan child to junior high; $40 per month can see them through high school. For $125 per month, you or your church can "adopt" a Greek Bible College student to support their preparation for ministry. Many other opportunities are made possible by your generous support.

Will join AMG in praying that the students we reach will work hard and honor God? Will you pray with us for God's provision for tuition and other school needs? Will you partner with us in support of this critical ministry of teaching and training the next generation to support their families, to build their communities, and to reach the world with the message of Christ's salvation? With your help, we will continue to carry out this work; striving to give students the gift of a lifetime.

To learn more about AMG's education and scholarship ministry, and how you and your church can partner with us, please visit www.amginternational.org or call 1-800-251-7206.

Advancing the Ministries of the Gospel (AMG) International is a non-denominational, international missions agency based in Chattanooga, Tenn. AMG's distinctive has always been its reliance on national workers to carry the Gospel in their own cultures. Today, they operate ministries in more than 30 countries around the world through partnership with national believers.

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