In January 2015 David Hamrick, Gage Coldwater, and Gregg Knight traveled to Kasase, Uganda to look at starting a preacher training school. Several days of dreaming, planning and gathering information resulted in a unanimous decision to establish the school. With the help of Paul Coffman money was raised to purchase some property to serve as a building site. On the same day the land was purchased over 50 Christians traveled to Kasase to help clear the land and plant the first crop for the farm project to support the school.
After some additional funds were raised, Gregg Knight began making trips to Uganda to oversee the construction of the new Rwensori School of Preaching. A block press was donated by a congregation in Oklahoma and the building started going up.The goal was to start the first class just one year later in January 2016. Remarkably, with the help of God, that goal was reached. In January 2016 the school started with 12 full time preacher students.
There were plans to start a congregation at the school after the building was completed. However, curious visitors would stop to see what was going on and found themselves sitting comfortably on a pile of gravel listening eagerly to the story of Jesus. Several were baptized through this means so temporary benches were built on the construction site for a place of worship.
The Kigoro church of Christ was established and continues to meet at the school campus. Every weekend the students conduct evangelistic campaigns and several are being led to Christ and new congregations are being established. The goal is to develop the farm to the point that the school can be free of dependency on American money to function. We feel confident that such will come to fruition sooner than any other school we have established.
Scott and Rebecca Shanahan
Missionaries in Micronesia
Dean of the Pohnpei Extension School
Scott Shanahan is a graduate of Memphis School of Preaching and his wife Rebecca is the daughter of a gospel preacher. Together they mark a remarkable team as the only American missionaries for the church in the Micronesian Islands.
During their time on the Island of Pohnpei they have master the local language and have become an integral part of the community. They have established a WBI Extension school in Pohnpei with two campuses. The southern campus is made up of mostly members of the church. Leadership training and a focus on evangelism is a vital part of the program there.
However, the northern campus is primarily made up of non-Christians and is being used as an effective outreach ministry. Together the two campuses total about 50 students. The school on the Island of Kosrae is much smaller and serves as an outreach tool as well.
There were no Christians on that Island until Scott and Rebecca started the school and began teaching the gospel. The work on Kosrae is challenging but they have had positive results as some have obeyed the gospel. Scott and Rebecca have also been instrumental in raising funds for a new church building and an eight passenger van. Several have obeyed the gospel and the church continues to grow.
The school is serving to help develop leadership among the men and strengthen the faith of the women.
P.O. BOX 2467