“Equipping a new generation of world changers” by:
Focussing on the heart, head and hands.
Empowering people to serve innovatively and creatively.
Partnering with the local church and global networks.
Everyone involved at ASM commit themselves to:
- Bible based equipping for the ministry (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
- Upholding the honour of God and His work
- Showing appreciation for the cultural and denominational diversity in the body of Christ
- Development of Christ-like character, expressed through love for God and our neighbours, servant leadership, honesty and integrity
- Partnership and networking with the local church and the wider body of Christ in fulfilling the Great Commission
- A missiological emphasis in a cross-cultural environment
- Accountability in all areas before God and man
- Personal intimacy with God, demonstrated in a lifestyle of prayer, worship and obedience
- An ethos of life-long learning and personal growth
- Excellence as individuals and as a ministry
- Life-long involvement with our former candidates that includes ministry guidance
- Social concern and action (Micah 6:8)
The ASM STAFF
The staff at ASM reflects diversity though different denominations, nationalities and cultures and ASM is proud that their staff come from a variety of secular and ministry backgrounds, including teaching, business, nursing, pastoral ministry and cross-cultural missions, all of which enrich the growth and development environment at ASM.
Most of our staff members live on campus and interact with the programme participants on many levels. Many are involved in outside ministries in the local community or participate in short-term mission opportunities. They are also involved in further studies towards advanced degrees that keep them abreast of current thought.
ASM is situated in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, in the scenic Lowveld region on the Numbi Gate Road to the Kruger National Park. There are several towns and cities near the ASM campus. North is Sabie and Hazyview, filled with waterfalls and quaint shops. White River is just 14 km away from the ASM campus, and Nelspruit is one of South Africa’s fastest growing cities. Makro has built the first flagship of their new prototype, a futuristic, ecologically based store in Nelspruit, The Grove complex includes a brand new Dischem and Superspar, and the Riverside Mall has cinemas and all the usual anchor stores.
KMIA, an international airport with African flair, is about 30 minutes away from the campus.
ASM is on the door step of some of the most spectacular nature views in the whole country, including the world famous Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon, and the beautiful grounds and peaceful location enhances a spiritual atmosphere and a feeling of being close to God.
Nationally, ASM is approximately 4 hours from the Gauteng province by car. Most international participants arrive at Oliver Tambo International Airport , Johannesburg. From there, ASM is easily reachable from OT International Airport by car or coach.
History of ASM
In 1983, the vision to equip men and women for going to the nations of the world with the Gospel was born in the hearts of Paul and Carol Alexander. God miraculously provided a beautiful campus and a dedicated staff, and in January 1985, Africa School of Missions was opened. It soon became apparent that besides training for missions there was also a need to train pastors who would have a passion for missions. The training programmes at ASM were adjusted and expanded accordingly.
In 1987 ASM opened the School of Health (SOH), a department that would equip missionaries with skills in the field of health care, enabling them to be more effective on the field. In 1990 the SOH started a weekly mobile clinic service to a fairly remote area that had no other medical services available. This service is still being offered after all these years. In November 1991 the SOH was approved by the South African Nursing Council to offer basic nursing training.
Initially ASM offered a three-year Licentiate (practical degree) that was recognised by various universities in South Africa. Graduates were accepted directly into their Honours Programmes to further their formal training. Over the past decade the Department of Education has brought about numerous changes in the process of recognising and accrediting training institutions and programmes in South Africa. This has lead to the development of an exciting new Missions and Ministry Development Programme at ASM that focuses on character development and guided, practical missions exposure.
Currently ASM graduates are serving on the field in 56 different nations such as India, Cambodia, Romania, Russia, China, UK, France, Middle Eastern and many African Countries etc. Graduates have established ministries that includes Church planting, Pastoral work, Bible School Training, Bible Translation, Children and Youth work, Leadership and Community Development, Relief Work. Some graduates are working in closed countries through authentic business or professional work.
From the inception of ASM the faculty, staff and students had the desire to also impact the local community with the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a result, over the years a number of ministries have been birthed from ASM:
- In 1987 ASM started a school on campus for the children of missionaries. The school had remarkable growth and in order to accommodate the growth moved into White River. Today it functions as an independent school and still continues to provide a wonderful service to the White River community.
- In 1988 a Bible translation programme was introduced and missionary candidates had the option to study “Mother Tongue” Bible translation principles. The success of this programme resulted in the decision that the programme would be taught “on the field”. In 1994 Word for the World took the training to the various fields where translation work is done and today many translators are being competently trained on the field.
- The Masoyi Home Based Care Project (MHBC) was started in 1997 and currently makes over 25000 home visits to people living with HIV/AIDS. They also provide food, clothing and schooling for about 1600 orphans. In 2002, to accommodate the rapid growth of the ministry, it separated from ASM and formed Hands at Work, an umbrella organization that duplicates the MHBC model in many Southern African countries.
- In 2000, from the MHBC Project the ACTS Initiative, a specialist HIV/Aids Clinic, hospice and training centre was birthed. The team at ACTS provide specialist medical services for people with advanced HIV/AIDS. This includes care for the MHBC patients and orphans, either in their homes or at the clinic.
- From the work of the SOH, a Primary Health Care Clinic that offers preventative and curative health services was opened in 2002. This includes care of children, pre and postnatal care, and acute and chronic medical care. The ASM clinic also provides medical care to the MHBC orphans that are not HIV positive and destitute children from other projects. As from 2006 the nursing school has also been run from this new facility.
As we look to the future, ASM has a commitment to continue to make a difference in the nations of this world, and also in the local community that God has placed us in.