SERVING OUR NEIGHBOR
An Interrupted Life is a 501c3 that supports the ministry of Pastor Asif Raza in Khanewal, Pakistan. The need for the gospel in Pakistan and the need for education and job training is enormous. Through the vision of Pastor Raza, True Vine Medium English School was founded four years ago. It now has grown in number to 150 students attending K - 8th Grade. In addition to True Vine School, Pastor Asif and his wife oversee the Pam Wanzer Training Center which provides a sewing machine and training so that impoverished women can seek gainful employment. Pastor Asif's church also regularly goes to share the gospel in the villages surrounding his city.
Church of the Good Shepherd partners with Pastor Asif through prayer and donations.
To make a donation contact Pam Wanzer at An Interrupted Life Foundation (an 501c3).
Under the leadership of the Bishop of the Diocese of Gahini in Rwanda, Good Shepherd is working towards establishing a deep relational partnership with the Archdeaconry of Gahini, one of the six archdeaconries (regions) of the Diocese of Gahini in Rwanda. The goal of this partnership is that our churches would know one another on a "first name basis," that we would share one another's burdens and joys. Our hope is that we would be connected church to church, pastor to pastor, face to face.
Friends of Gahini (a 501c3 based out of North Carolina) works with Western churches to manage these types of partnerships with our Rwandan brothers and sisters. While Good Shepherd's partnership with the Archdeaconry of Gahini is still in its infancy stages, we have been able to visit Gahini three times in the last three years and plan to make visits annually. Additionally, we are working together with Compassion International's educational work in Gahini, with Good Shepherd sponsoring 14 children in Gahini, and as a church with many medical professionals, we are in communication with the directors of Gahini's hospital for possible future collaboration.
In 1998 the missions organization ‘Gospelink' made its first connections between American donors and Zambian preachers. This would be the beginning of the growing network that would connect Christians from across oceans and borders for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
As this network began to develop, some of the early Zambian pastors began to request more in-depth theological training. This sparked the dream of creating a school to train the next generation of spiritual leaders in southern Africa. Through prayer and God’s provision, the land was secured for a college in rural Zambia — approximately 40 miles east from Lusaka, the capital.
In 2005, preparations for the school continued with the construction of the first campus building and development of the course curriculum. Then in 2009, the first sponsored students began taking courses from International Bible College of Zambia which later became Ambassador International University (AIU) in 2017.
Today AIU continues to train the young people of Zambia to preach His Word, pray in the Spirit and sing of His glory.
Mark Baynes has been a part of this ministry since 2012 and teaches Theology of Worship courses for both the undergraduate and graduate masters degree programs.