Pastor Keikura Lahai is a marvelous example of how important Bible school scholarships are to pastors and church leaders in Africa. Keikura has faced many physical and spiritual battles and is now the pastor of Praise Assembly of God in Bo, the second largest city in Sierra Leone.
Keikura personally experienced the civil war in Sierra Leone, which was funded by the blood diamond trade that ravaged his country and six neighboring countries. He served in the army as a chaplain, ministering to soldiers who were ordered to kill groups of rebels in the country’s interior. Keikura led some of these young soldiers (many were teenagers) into a saving relationship with Jesus.
During the war the rebel groups committed horrible atrocities against their own people: mass murder, rape, torture and cannibalism (on occasion). Some rebels believed that if they ate an enemy’s heart, they would absorb his strength and become a more formidable fighter. These reports demoralized the Sierra Leone government troops. As they began to lose ground, Keikura saw the government troops begin to adopt the same horrid practices that the rebels practiced.
The troops rationalized their actions as justified psychological warfare against the rebels. But Keikura recognized the spiritual darkness sweeping over his country. When the situation began to threaten his safety and witness as a chaplain, he resigned from the military and planted Praise Assembly in Bo to bring much-needed spiritual healing to his people.
The civil war left deep scars on the Sierra Lenoneans and Keikura knew he needed deeper levels of strong biblical training to address that need. After the war, Africa’s Hope invested in Keikura’s ministry through scholarships while he earned an advanced degree at Pan-Africa Theological Seminary in Togo. His training equipped him to be an effective Pentecostal minister in a deeply hurting area. He’s expressed how grateful he is to all the friends in the United States who invested in his ministry training through Africa’s Hope.
Last year was an incredible year of ministry across the Continent. Thousands of African ministers completed their training and are now involved in pastoring, church planting, evangelizing, discipling or missions. Without friends like you making contributions to our scholarship fund, we would not see such results. Thank you!
Will you invest in another African leader like Pastor Keikura who cannot afford Bible school training without our help?
Every $50 you give as a scholarship helps train one leader in Bible school for a month. A gift of $600 will scholarship a student for a full year of training. You can help provide scholarships for the next generation of African ministers.
Please lift up Africa’s Hope in prayer this year. Ask the Lord to supply the finances, more workers, and health and strength for our co-workers to help us meet the tremendous opportunities we face in Africa.Give now