Archives For West Africa

Thanks to friends like you, people’s lives and communities are being transformed around the world. I’d like to introduce you to two Pathway Learning partners serving the church among the rural poor in Muslim West Africa. First, meet my dear friend, former student, and ministry partner Agbetti (English name Nathaniel) – the man on the left.He’s a well-respected, national church leader in Togo who writes:

In Muslim West Africa, we are not fighting with guns and weapons to see God’s kingdom come. It is a battle for minds and hearts for which we are willing to risk our lives. This is why we are so thankful for Pathway Learning and their excellent training resources in French that we use to equip our church leaders to plant and develop healthy churches with effective ministries of evangelism, discipleship, and mercy.

I’d also like to introduce you to the man in the middle, Sylvain. He’s the pastor of a church on the frontlines in the Kara region of north Togo, one of the poorest regions in West Africa. Sylvain is also a regional church leader who oversees and trains church planters and pastors to start and grow churches that provide both the ongoing spiritual and physical resources that are so desperately needed among the poor.

Sylvain’s vision includes partnering with others, like Agbetti, to help provide their church networks with medical clinics, micro-enterprise training, and Christian schools. After completing three years of Pathway’s church leadership training, Sylvain is now facilitating this training for many more pastors – using only their cell phones, tablets, or computers without internet access and cell service.

When you give to Pathway Learning, you help underserved leaders like Sylvain receive the essential education he needs to help start and develop churches that transform lives and communities among the poor in Muslim West Africa. You are helping to create lasting change and bring hope to people and communities around the world.

Give today, and help create lasting change in Muslim West Africa.

For the King!


Steven L. Childers
President and CEO, Pathway Learning

PS: Thanks again for your ongoing prayers and financial support. Your support makes all this possible. Together we can continue providing underserved church leaders the education and practical tools they need to transform lives and communities around the world in 2021. To donate, Click Here.


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Playing with the children during a training break in Togo, West Africa last week.

After years (since 2006) of cultivating and sowing the gospel through training indigenous church planters in the hard soil in Muslim West Africa, we’re beginning to reap a great harvest. Three years ago we launched our phase one, 3-year West Africa pilot project (2017-2019). We chose the northern regions of Togo because they’re among the most needy and neglected regions with highest levels of poverty and highest concentration of Muslims.

The northern regions are filled with “under-served church leaders” – gifted and called leaders who do not have access to the training and tools they need to start and develop churches that transform lives and communities. We believe that healthy churches are the most effective means of evangelism, discipleship, and mercy ministry. And the key to healthy churches is well-equipped, healthy church leaders.

Daily training of the facilitators of church planters from 12 regions. See the laptop video.

During the last 3 years we “trained their trainers” (approx. 50) and established an innovative learning platform, using cell phones and laptops with no WIFI or cell service, from which they can now provide practical, high quality seminary courses for their church leaders where they live, in their language, and adapted to their culture.

Church leaders from 12 regions completed their 3rd year of church planter training.

Last week, I passed the training baton to Sylvain, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) denomination’s Presbytery Chairman over all these regions. In 2020, Sylvain will continue training church leaders in northern Togo by teaching the next Pathway Learning courses completely without us. We just need to provide them with new courses in French. Now we can move on to our next phase of our project – helping them establish another reproducible, learning platform for underserved church leaders in Togo’s Central region in 2020.

Nathaniel Adawonu (PL’s NHMI Partner), Sylvain (EPC Presbytery Chairman), Steve

During the last 3 years many positive reports about our training in these neglected northern regions reached the EPC denomination headquarters in southern Togo’s coastal regions. The EPC is the largest indigenous evangelical denomination in Togo. So, to my surprise, after this year’s training, the top 3 executive leaders of the EPC met with me at their headquarters in Togo’s capitol to begin forming a national partnership. (see photo below)

New National Partnership: EPC Clerk, Steve, EPC Moderator, EPC Secretary, and Nathaniel Adawanu (NHMI)

These leaders asked us train more of their church leaders in Pathway Learning courses next year, allowing them to select 30 of their top church leaders in Togo for us to begin training when we return in 2020. We agreed. This is exactly our Pathway Learning strategy: not to do the training for the denominations, but to help them build their capacity as an indigenous denomination to be more effective in training their own church leaders. This is what I mean by a great harvest now coming, by God’s grace, after many years of cultivating and sowing in West Africa.

The vision is not merely to reach Togo for Christ, but for Togo to become a sending nation to other nations of West Africa. The training of these under-served church leaders and the fulfillment of this vision is directly related to the prayers and support of faithful people like you. Thank you for helping us continue developing these strategic initiatives God is opening before us. Your investment has already made a significant impact on our work, but more importantly on our world.

For the King!


PS: Please pray that God will raise up many more partners to pray, give, and go with us as we continue equipping under-served church leaders – especially in the persecuted, underground church in China and among the poorest of the poor in West Africa. Thank you!

A church member’s little girl inside the church’s Christian school next to where we did our training. She’s not sure if Im friend or foe.

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Childers meeting with underground church leaders in China being equipped to train church planters in Pathway Learning.

With Pathway Learning, Chinese underground church leaders are equipped to plant churches using only cell phones without internet access and cell service.

West African church leaders being equipped to plant churches among the poorest of the poor through courses in French on the Pathway Learning online and onsite learning platform.

West African church movement “leaders of leaders” equipped in Pathway Learning to train French-speaking church leaders in their Muslim regions using cell phones with no internet access or cell phone service.

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