Ann and Wayne Curles began serving in Eastern Europe in 1988 through Church Resource Ministries. As training for the ministry in organized schools was virtually impossible behind the former “Iron Curtain,” Wayne served as an instructor in BEE’s (Biblical Education by Extension, formerly Eastern European Seminary) seminary on “wheels.”
With the “cold war” political changes which occurred in the early 1990’s, BEE expanded its ministry from Eastern Europe into those parts of the former Soviet Union where ministerial training had been expressly forbidden for decades and was continuing to be either officially discouraged or not available. Beginning in 1991, the Curles were assigned to those BEE teams working primarily in the Baltic States, the Ukraine, and western Russia. From 1994-97, they were assigned to teaching the BEE curriculum of 15 Bible based courses in the Central Asian part of the newly formed C.I.S., especially in the former Soviet Union areas of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and other principally Muslim countries of the region.
For the last several years, Wayne and Ann have been working on the team that is spearheading BEE’s ministry in Southeast Asia. Currently, BEE has “theological education for pastors” teaching ministries actively going on in China, Korea, Burma, Nepal, and Vietnam. Wayne is the country coordinator for the entire BEE ministry in Burma (Myanmar). At present, over 400 pastors/students are enrolled in BEE’s curriculum in Burma, with new classes being formed each year. This training of church leadership continues to be crucial if the church in these and other areas of the world is to be strengthened during this continuing period of political change and uncertainty.
Serving in Asia with Church Resource Ministries
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