Why equip pastors?
We firmly believe for our efforts to be worthwhile it takes genuine partnerships with men committed to the Lord and the people, culture, and community around them. The local/indigenous West African pastors we equip and partner with are those equally committed to to the great commission as ourselves. They are partners together with us in a difficult task. We know when they're equipped to serve effectively transformations will, by the grace of God, take place within their respective families, communities, and locations of their churches and ministries.
A closer look:
When you go on a mission trip, one of the first things you'll discover is that God's been at work wherever you're headed long before you ever set foot there. Indeed, God has been there all along and He's usually already doing some amazing things in and through His church body.
In the book of Ephesians, chapter 4, verses 11-16, we catch a glimpse of why Christ has raised up pastors and teachers. Jesus Christ is the one that has gifted these men to equip His people for service. The pastor's role is to mature the saints–to spiritually advance the church–to see that the body of Christ is built up, unified, and growing.
The church should not be easily deceived and unstable. Rather it should be able to detect, deter, and defend against deceit. That's why we work with local pastors. Local pastors need to be properly equipped first so that they in turn will lead their own people to discover what it means to know Christ personally, to be like Christ practically, and to do the works of Christ physically in their communities.