Inspiring and enabling followers of Jesus to live out God’s love for the poor and oppressed,
I keep getting asked, “Tony! With EAPE phasing out, what will you be doing with yourself?” Here’s how I answer, “I will continue to do my weekly radio show on the Premiere Radio Network in the United Kingdom; speak about 200 times a year at churches, universities, and conferences; do some writing and classroom teaching; and most importantly develop The Campolo Center for Ministry.”
The purpose of the Center will be to recruit young women and men to serve the Church as ministers, youth workers, and missionaries. Over the years through EAPE’s ministries, more than 1,000 young people have committed themselves to these kinds of vocations for God’s kingdom. I want to do more of that!
Through preaching and teaching I will work hard to urge college-aged Christians to give themselves to full evangelistic and social justice ministries. With offices at Eastern University, the Campolo Center will nurture and help these young people through both their undergraduate and graduate studies.
High on my list of priorities will be raising funds to help finance the education of these committed Christians. That way when they finish their studies they won’t graduate with a heavy debt load. The cost of higher education is so high that many of those who planned to go into Christian ministries have had to spend years earning enough to pay off their college loans. Too often their debts have kept some of the brightest and best of them from ever living out their hope for full time vocations in ministry. The Center will try to keep that from happening.
At the core of what we do will be the proclamation of a wholistic gospel. We will combine evangelism and social justice so that our graduates will be challenged to win people to Christ who, in turn, will endeavor to change the world from what it is into what God wants it to be. That is what EAPE has been all about, and the Center will seek to propagate that kind of gospel.
You will be hearing more about all I’ll be doing in the future, but for now I just wanted you to know that there won’t be any grass growing under my feet. In the meantime, keep up your support for EAPE. We still have a lot of work to do between now and June 30th, and I’m depending on you.
Founder and President, EAPE
P.S. You can listen to podcasts of the radio show I do in the U.K. by visiting http://www.redletterchristians.org/podcast/.
Under the leadership of Tony and Bart Campolo, EAPE has developed and nurtured elementary and secondary schools, universities, adult and child literacy centers, tutoring programs, orphanages, AIDS hospices, urban youth ministries, summer camps, and long-term Christian service programs in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, in various African countries, and across Canada and the United States. Perhaps more importantly, we have traveled the world preaching a gospel that combines personal discipleship and social justice, and seen countless believers both young and old dedicate their lives to building the Kingdom of God. Look around, explore the wonderful works we are involved with, and join us in the struggle.
Together, we can make a difference, even in the world’s most difficult places. As Tony always puts it, “it may be Friday … but Sunday’s coming!”
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