Tommi and Maria met each other and Jesus in art school in Finland. The Lord confronted their idolatry and godless lifestyle and showed them the value of his surpassing beauty on the cross. They wandered into a church plant led by an IMB missionary and now, ten years and four children later, Tommi is studying towards a master’s degree in theology at Agricola Theological Institute and pastoring the same church plant.
“Studying with ATI is a great example of a truly interactive and character-shaping academic community,” Tommi said about his theology courses. “It is face-to-face small-group learning at its best.” By partnering with ATI, you invest in students such as Tommi. Your gift will develop quality curriculum and fund scholarships for students. The goal is to prepare men and women for the ministry of the Word of God so that God’s people can be nourished by his Word and his holy name be glorified throughout Finland and to the ends of the earth. ATI is committed to developing pastors who take that vision to their new Finnish congregations.
Books and resources faithful to the Scripture are lacking in the Finnish language. As part of developing a biblically faithful curriculum, your support will help create, translate, publish, and distribute books that are rooted in solid, biblical theology. Your partnership with ATI will shape the future of evangelical Christianity in Finland by establishing a new generation of pastors in the truths of God’s Word. With your support, they will build up the local church in Finland to be faithful witnesses of the Lord Jesus, reaching from their communities and the end of the earth. Give today!
With 810 million people, 51 sovereign states and 200 spoken languages, Europe is rich in diversity and character. These distinct cultures create a continent of global influence through language, politics, finance, fashion, and food. Though diverse, the peoples of Europe do have one thing in common—more than 98% do not follow Jesus.
Instead of seeing Europe’s decidedly post-Christian culture as a hindrance, IMB teams see the potential of what God wants to do on and through this influential continent. Not only do Europeans need the hope of the gospel, making it a primary place for ministry, but the global reach of its cities also makes it a strategic place as well. Immigrants comprise more than 15% of the population of gateway cities such as London, Paris, Madrid and Vienna.
Through dreaming big and taking faith-filled risks, IMB teams are connecting with European nationals, sharing the gospel and training local leaders. Their aim is to develop strong local leadership in every city and province who will lead biblically faithful and reproducing churches. Churches that plant new healthy churches will send the gospel to the nations of the world from every borough, town and village of the beautifully diverse continent of Europe.