Tim and Cindy Myers can recall a time when they were being greatly impacted by stories of missionaries. Today, when they think back about how these stories touched them, they realize that God was actually sowing seeds in their hearts for the life to which He would call them—on the mission field.
In 2002 Andrew visited the church the Myers called home, Pastor Bob Yandian's Grace Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Andrew shared a powerful message called “Taking the Limits Off God.” Emboldened by Andrew's teaching, Tim and Cindy decided they would take a step of faith and enroll in Andrew's Bible school.
The Myers sold their fifteen-acre hobby farm and home and relocated to Colorado Springs to attend Charis Bible College (CBC). The summer after their first year at CBC, they took a short-term missions trip to Entebbe, Uganda. While on their trip they heard the Lord say, “This is the place I have chosen for you.” So after finishing their second year and graduating from CBC in 2004, the Myers prepared to return to Africa.
After one year in Uganda, the ministry under which the Myers served left the country. Knowing they were called to Africa to disciple pastors and believers, they began seeking the Lord about their next step. The answer the received took them further east, to Kisumu, Kenya. There they launched their own ministry, Gospel of Grace Ministries, and they also opened their own school, Grace Bible College (GBC) for the purpose of training up leaders among the Kenyans to share the gospel of Jesus. In September 2007 Tim and Cindy held a graduation ceremony for the first twenty-nine students to graduate from their two-year program.
Over the last few years, GBC has grown steadily. In fact, the school has out-grown their current tent, and Tim and Cindy have had to expand their space by using much of their home. The second year class meets in the Myers’ living room. Their dining room serves as the school library, while GBC offices occupy the master bedroom and guest bedroom. “Eventually we will have our own land and build a proper facility; however we are like the Apostle Paul who knew the secret of getting along with little or a lot. He could do all through Him (Jesus) who strengthened him (Philippians 4:13),” Tim explained.
The need for a proper facility does not necessarily top the list of things for which the Myers are believing. Tim and Cindy recognize the need for, and have been receiving requests for, a third year program to be added to GBC. Cindy feels the Lord has led her to write five or six new courses for the third year. "There are just not enough hours in first and second year to accommodate all the courses," Cindy said.
Although the desire is there to expand the program, the Myers' ability to teach, direct and administrate is presently at maximum capacity. As the school continues to grow, so too does their need for more teachers and administrative assistants. The Myers are thankful to have three additional teachers, Kenyan nationals, who are on staff, and are looking forward to at least one new teacher who will be apprenticing next year.
The Myers are excited about the overall growth of GBC. "This is our first year to have so many students in both first and second year classes, with seventeen enrolled in first year and sixteen attending second year. They have also started a part-time program for people who are unable to attend on a full-time basis.
Despite their growing pains, Tim and Cindy hold confidently to Philippians 2:13, “For it is God who is at work in you, to put into you the will to desire and the power to achieve what his purpose has planned for you.” The couple is confident that they will lay hold of the power to achieve the tasks before them, and they will continue to do what they have been called to do with joy and excellence.
For more information about Tim and Cindy Myers' ministry in Kisumu or Grace Bible College contact them by mail: Gospel of Grace Ministries, Int’l , P.O. Box 49272, Colorado Springs, CO 80949, or by email:firstname.lastname@example.org.