As INSTE (Institute of Theology By Extension) Director for Europe, I am privileged to witness many people from many cultures grow in their Christian walk and follow God’s call into leadership, and to see the Church strengthened. When I was appointed as an Open Bible missionary and came to Eastern Europe in 1999 to begin the INSTE program in both Hungarian and Russian, I didn’t know how rewarding and how challenging this would be.
First I learned Hungarian, and coordinated the translation of INSTE into Hungarian – thus began INSTE in Hungary. When that task was passed along to another missionary, I moved to Ukraine and repeated the process in the Russian language, and then into the Ukrainian language. We have completely translated the INSTE materials in both the Russian and Ukrainian languages – all 28 books – enabling students in Ukraine to study in their preferred language.
I travel many miles promoting the INSTE program and speaking to pastors interested in using INSTE in their churches. More than 1,800 students – in churches that range from very conservative to very charismatic – have enrolled in INSTE over the years.
The translation of INSTE Level One into Romanian is complete, but I continue to travel to Romania to train and encourage the national leadership.
We are now pursuing contacts in Russia for INSTE, too, praying for God’s person and timing.
The process of translating INSTE into an unnamed Central Asian language has now begun, and soon pilot groups will begin with that people-group.
Christian Education on the mission field is my passion! I love the languages, working cross-culturally, coordinating translation teams, setting up systems for operating, training leaders, making books, visiting groups, assisting group leaders, and promoting INSTE. INSTE fits me to a tee!
The privilege is mine to go and make disciples in the nations with INSTE and Open Bible.
INSTE Ukrainian Office:
The INSTE office in Ukraine is currently staffed by two part-time employees. We have 300 students in the program in Ukraine. Because of the low wages that most people receive in Ukraine we have to charge lower fees for our students so they can afford to study INSTE. The fees we receive from our students don’t provide sufficient funds to run our office.
Some of the office responsibilities include: bookkeeping, producing and distributing official governmental reports, making all of our INSTE books by hand, correcting exams, recording of the exams, registering new students, book corrections and formatting, INSTE leader support, promotion and leading seminars.
The INSTE office staff members are quality ministers – Level Two INSTE graduates who have worked alongside missionary Tammy Swailes since INSTE’s inception in Ukraine.