The Work and Ministry of the Tranthams
Training National Leaders for Ministry
In 1989 the first Bible college was founded to train men and women on a part-time basis for Christian service. Ray teaches in this program, which now has more than 1250 graduates.
Church planting remains one of the greatest needs. Ray teaches classes in Church Growth, Church Planting, Evangelism & Discipleship to equip students to work in new churches in the area.
The foundational work of Odessa Theological Seminary is a program of full-time study, which includes both men studying for ministry, and women who are preparing for Christian Education.
Our seminary is not the only place missionary teachers are needed. New Bible colleges have begun in the nearby countries of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Armenia.
Developing Materials and opening new doors:
Many Christians who want to receive religious training are unable to study in the Bible college. Part of my time continues to be devoted to developing educational materials that can be used outside of the classroom.