It all began in 1979 when a few men had a vision for supporting the church behind the Iron Curtain. Knowing the church was struggling, they connected 12 Christian mission organizations to consider how to support the church at risk. In a great collaboration, they developed a comprehensive biblical training program for those beleaguered pastors. That partnership became known as Biblical Education by Extension (BEE) and allowed them to leverage limited resources to meet this great need. The new curriculum was purposefully written to be effective across denominational and cultural boundaries.
Additionally, the curriculum was packaged and delivered in a mentorship/discipleship model––called Facilitation––that allowed the pastors and church leaders to replicate the training with their fellow countrymen. Using the 2 Timothy 2:2 biblical directive of “training faithful men who will train others,” students who received training were encouraged to start their 2nd generation groups. This dynamic is known as Multiplication, a strategy to address the overwhelming need to deliver biblical training to pastors who did not have access to traditional means.
Once the material was translated into the language of the country, the potential for training became limitless. Though the training began with pastors and church leaders, eventually pastor’s wives––often called on to teach other women and children––also wanted to receive training, and a Women’s Ministry was born.
When the Iron Curtain fell, God opened the door for the ministry to expand into East Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. This model has proven effective for over 40 years, on 4 continents, in over 34 countries––and hundreds of thousands of students have been trained. Praise God!