“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." - Matthew 11:28-30
Our "WHY" - ANIM’s focus is on rural pastors and we feel called to address key areas in pastoral training as well as care through the planned pastoral and church leadership center, the Dalala-Grace Center.
Formal Theological Education – Short term (1 to 3 months) focused training at the Dalala-Grace Center and return to the field (9 to 11 months).
Sabbaticals – Rest to rejuvenate and strengthen for the task ahead
Pastoral Authorship & Publishing – Encouraging shared experiences through writing and recording
Networking & Partnership – Seeking opportunities for growth and sustainability (administrative and financial) through working collectively and strategically.
ANIM desires to return to the original missionary model of church and pastoral training, with short term, focused training, ensuring that the majority of the leaders’ time is spent back in their vocational context. We also believe that the concept of rest has been overlooked within African ministry and we want to offer a place for sabbatical to help address this oversight. ANIM plans to help the rural pastor publish their wealth of experience which, though currently appreciated, is rarely or only sparsely disseminated. ANIM wants to cultivate bi-vocational ministry, building partnerships and networks to find creative ways to provide rural church leaders consistent administrative and financial support.
Our NEED –
$35,000 – Planning and enclosure of the property.
$7,000 – Installing two solar powered water pumps with water towers
$600,000 – The building of all the facilities (offices, recording studio, conference rooms, guest apartments, etc) * rendering of center will be provided