Our Story

Our Story

Over fifty years have passed since C. A. O. Essien sent his request, and so much more has been accomplished than he or anyone else in those days could have ever imagined! And yet, as glowing as the past has been, the future of Christian education in Africa looks even brighter! Providence redirects focus In 1944, when Lawrence Avenue Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee prayerfully embarked on a ministry through the mail, it was not their intention to target Africa. (Goff, 1964, pp. 2-5) Their correspondence program grew out of a desire to encourage faithfulness among men and women in the military who were serving in Europe. Anna-Maria Braun, German founder of the Internationales Korrespondenz-Buro in Munich, obtained a copy of Lawrence Avenue’s course and liked it. It’s author, Gordon Turner, who was both preacher and elder at Lawrence Avenue, capitalized on Braun’s interest. He sent stickers to Braun advertising the Bible course, which she placed on envelopes of all the various pen pals in her organization. One of these envelopes apparently went to Nigeria and changed the destiny of that nation. C. A. O. Essien was intensely interested in studying the Bible. He learned of the Lawrence Avenue course through Braun, enrolled in it and completed it with top marks. He and a friend baptized one another. In a short period, they had already planted an unbelievable number […]


The mission of African Christian Schools Foundation (ACSF) is to train preachers, strengthen churches and carry the saving gospel of Jesus Christ to the continent of Africa. ACSF pursues this mission through the training of preachers and evangelists, the education of Bible teachers and church leaders and the support of campaign and mission teams working in Africa. The major emphasis of our work is found in the training and education that is provided through our three partner schools: Nigerian Christian Bible College and the West Nigeria Christian College. In addition to the classes that are offered at each of these schools, we host an annual preacher’s forum in May and our Lecture Series in August of each year. In recent years, African Christian Schools Foundation has also started to support distance learning programs and remote leadership training programs for individuals who cannot attend school full-time, or are located in more remote regions. In the near future, ACSF will be adding internet access on each of our campuses allowing us to increase our distance learning opportunities. We are also looking at new ways to work in the remote regions of countries where local preachers cannot afford to leave their farms or congregations for extended periods of time to attend school. Your support of this mission has led to the establishment of thousands of congregations of the churches of Christ and tens […]

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You can easily help with your time! Spread the word! The more people that know about the work we are doing in Africa, the better. Take a minute and send an email to a friend about African Christian Schools. Prayer! Pray that God will continue to do wonderful things through African Christian Schools! Come and See! We are regularly taking trips over to the schools to check on the work and participate. If you’d like to go, let us know! Make an online donation Now you can make a secure online donation to African Christian Schools with any major credit card or debit card. Just click the donate button below to get started! Give Today Donate by Check Please feel free to also donate by check. Please make your check to African Christian Schools Foundation P.O. Box 41120, Nashville, TN 37204 Use Amazon Smile Now you can support the work that ACSF does by shopping as normal on Amazon. Simply go to http://smile.amazon.com, pick African Christian Schools Foundation as your charity, and then shop away! ACSF will get a portion of everything you spend on Amazon with no extra cost to you. Another great way to help the work in Africa. Consider Estate and Planned Giving There are many times when concerned donors will want to remember ACSF in their will or in other investments so that the work of ACSF […]

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