At Biblical Life Ministries, our mission is to provide training to pastors in rural international communities through Biblical Life Leadership College.
There's got to be a better way...
... are the words that Kelly Johnson kept thinking soon after arriving in Kenya. He and his family moved to Africa in late 1999 and during the first four years, served in the local church, assisted with orphanages and pre-schools, and helped many local church Pastors.
Preaching to over 12,000 Pastors and Church Leaders in conferences across East Africa, he was touched by the stories of numerous rural African Pastors who have little or no options for Bible training.
Some education is available in large cities, but is costly. These require a pastor to leave his home, his family, and his church to move to a city for years, and go into deeply into debt. "There's got to be a better way!"
Kelly came up with an "out-of-the-building" idea that would provide solid Bible training for Pastors that is portable and affordable. The training is packed into a briefcase and taken to the rural Pastors.
Today that program is has grown and multiplied. Today, we train rural pastors in nations around the world who have the heart and potential to lead. This program is called Biblical Life Leadership College.
Biblical Life Ministries exists to transform the church by training Pastors!
"The heart of BLLC is to go to the Pastors, so they can stay with their church, stay with their families, and begin to use what they learn right away.''
— Rev. Kelly Johson, FOUNDERandPresident
Pastor Michael M. joined our Bible School in 2005 in our very first class. He was from a little town called Kibweze and was the pastor of a small church. He started attending Biblical Life Leadership college and began to apply what he learned in his local church and his church began to grow. The people in their community were touched by his ministry. Now Pastor Michael M. is leading Bible Schools in his area and training pastors through Biblical Life Leadership College.
Kent County is one of the most severely underserved communities in Tennessee. To combat this adversity, Project Sprout seeks to nourish our neighbors at the most fundamental level with healthy food options and a strong support network. All members get a portion of each harvest and surpluses are donated to low-income families whose work schedules prevent them from volunteering.
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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.
If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.