Pastors' seminar at Zayoni Pentecostal Church, Bukavu, Congo. OWM safaris are typically six to eight week short-term mission trips, mainly to Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
To read more about OWM SAFARIS click on the picture.
Special Mothers: women victimized during the war received almost two tons of toiletry bags from Open Word to assure them that someone loved them and received comfort from Fern's message, "Hagar, what ails thee?" about a victimized woman thrown from her home. For other messages of comfort, newsletters, and more information, or to send your support for this missionary, Bible teaching ministry visit our CONTACT Page by clicking on the picture.
Bill Britton was a Bible teacher and writer known for popularizing the "Sonship" message which explains the need to grow in maturity in Christ. "Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ." (Ephesians 4:13) These teachings along with the gifts of prophecy and healings were characteristic of the Latter Rain Revival in 1948. The Bill Britton Ministries website is home to a vast amount of resources of articles and teachings he penned on Sonship. To read more about Bill Britton and find resources click here.
Kalembelembe Bible Institute,
Democratic Republic of Congo:
This Bible School is raising up ministers of the Community of Assemblies of God in Africa (CADAF). Since 1993, OWM has been supplementing teacher salaries, has purchased curriculum materials, and after the civil war in 2006, OWM rebuilt the dormitory.
Open Word Bible College, January, 1986 - June, 2004
Charles Willner was the founder, President, and Academic Dean.
OWBC was a learning center for the International Correspondence Institute (ICI.U.) (now Global University) of the American Assemblies of God.
During it's 18 yrs, OWBC had more than two hundred students enrolled, four graduated with a Bachelor of Biblical Studies, three with a Bachelor of Religious Education, and many more received diplomas. One student became a missionary with W.Y.A.M. in Columbia and one instructor returned home and founded the King of Kings Bible College in Jerusalem, Israel. Read about this and other projects here.
Welcome to Open Word Ministries
Our vision statement is to be a missionary Bible teaching ministry.
Over three terms of resident missionary ministry working with indigenous African ministries, the Willners lived in Kenya (October ‘72 to December ’74 & September ‘92 to December ’92) and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (January ‘81 to December ‘84 and January ‘93 to May ’94). During this time Charles and Fern taught in Bible schools and preached in churches. Fern taught women's groups, one called Special Mothers, for violated women in the Congo.
Additionally, Charles has made thirty-two short-term missionary safaris working with mostly indigenous churches to eleven countries in Africa; Liberia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, and Ethiopia, and six countries in Europe; England, North Ireland, Scotland, Germany, France, and Norway, as well as in India, Trinidad, and Israel. In these countries, Charles has been blessed to have preached in churches, and church conventions, and hold pastors' seminars. In 2007, Charles collected about 700 toiletry bags, one ton, from churches in America and Canada, and distributed them to violated women in the Congo. Over the years OWM has collected and distributed clothing, eye glasses, shoes for orphans, and medications.
OWM has been supporting the ministry of Joseph Mugo, in Kenya, with monthly support since 1974. Mugo has registered his more than thirty Omega Pentecostal Churches with the Registrar of Societies of Kenya. Mugo has had input into more than one hundred churches. OWM has put roofs on approximately thirty churches under his ministry.
Since 1993, OWM has been supporting the Kalemebelembe Bible Institute, in Fizi, Dem. Rep. of Congo, first rebuilding and setting up the class room building after civil war and later rebuilding the dormitory, putting in walls for an office, a kitchen, a dormitory, and two class rooms. The roof was put on, and a veranda built across the front as well as supplying furniture for the dormitory and classrooms. Monthly support has been given towards the six staff.
We so appreciate your love, prayers and financial support over the years.
Yours together in His harvest,
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