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Heart of a Servant
Heroes of the Harvest

Rev. Theodore Asare/Theovision International by Brian Dahlen

MissionsAt some point, every kid has to write an essay about their hero . I never really liked that assignment.

It s not that I don t believe in the idea of heroes. It s more that I haven t really encountered anyone that s deserving of the title. Of course, there are a few people I greatly respect. There are others I find highly influential. But the status of hero isn t something I take lightly. In fact, I ve never called anyone my hero . Until now

Without a doubt, Rev. Theodore Asare is truly heroic. His unique ministry work has impacted countless lives in Ghana, and his legacy continues to spread across West Africa. God is working more powerfully through Rev. Asare than anyone I ve ever encountered. But most importantly, I think Rev. Asare serves as a great model for Christian heroism today. Through his example, a simple yet profound recipe of sorts can be gleamed. See more at:

He received a larger than life calling from God, and dare to accept it. True heroes don't make their own path. They take the impassible road that only God can clear. Theodore Asare dared to take the heroic journey. What was it? He brought God's Word to those who can't read it. You see, Bible translators have been working in sub-Saharan Africa for decades. And yet, finished Bibles collect dust on village shelves. Why? Because many Sub-Saharan African cultures value oral tradition.

Verbal storytelling trumps the written word. Therefore illiteracy is extremely high. More than 1 in 3 sub-Saharan African adults can't read. It's not that they're somehow deficient - many simply aren't interested. Those who can read still prefer oral communication. To make matters more complicated, there are over 70 different languages in Ghana alone. West Africa has over 500 languages.

That's why God chose Rev. Asare to bridge the gap. God gave him a specific vision to create audio recordings of the Bible in indigenous African languages. How could one man accomplish such a monumental task? God made a way. 25 years later, Theovision International has recorded audio Bibles in over 288 African languages in more than 35 African countries. This is truly heroic, and eternally valuable. - See more at:

Rev. Virgil Amos, Director of Ambassador s Fellowship

Missions Virgil Lee Amos was born in Oakland, California in 1942 and was reared in Central California. He studied at Moody Bible Institute, Biola University, and Talbot Seminary.Virgil has been involved in missions since 1962, and has been ministering in Latin America, Europe, South Asia, West Asia, and Africa. Virgil is Director of Ambassadors Fellowship, a mission agency. Virgil is married to Martha, and has two children: Norma Allen and Lou Ellen Garcia.

Virgil began his missionary service in 1962 with Operation Mobilization, working for 10 years in Mexico, Europe, India, Sri Lanka and Iran. Upon graduation from Talbot Seminary in 1979 he went on in 1982 to found Ambassador Fellowship (AF) which, from its start, was focused on getting minorities involved in missions.

In 1997 AF began focusing its attention on mobilizing the African-American church in the U.S. to become more vitally involved in missions by adopting unreached people groups.AF is intensively working to plant churches in the Muslim people groups of northern Africa. It is likewise seeking to recruit 200 churches to adopt Muslim peoples and connect them with the national mission organizations that are working with them.

Virgil says, "Your church can have a vital role in establishing the Gospel among the unreached peoples who have never heard of Jesus.

Ambassadors Fellowship (AF) was started in California in 1982. Our first ministry target was Mexico. AF now ministers in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Spain, Kenya, Nigeria, Benin, Liberia and various other nations.

AF ministries are expanding. We are looking for laborers for ministry in the north eastern regions of Africa, West Africa, Central America, west and south Asia, and in the USA.

God may be speaking to you to be involved in His kingdom building in a different area than you live presently.

The Institute for Black Family Development, Detroit, MI

Matt Parker and Family
In 1987, Matthew Parker, the founder and president, and seventeen Summit Group leaders with financial and technical assistance by World Vision U.S. Ministry incorporated The Institute for Black Family Development.

The organization was established as a result of Bill Moyer s documentary on a CBS nationally televised broadcast in March 1986 entitled, The Vanishing Black Family: A Crisis in America.

The 8 member board of directors brings more than 200 years of combined research, academic and practical experience to the Institute. The Institute has a network of leaders providing training, technical assistance and resources to serve children, youth and families.

Since 1987, The Institute s relationships with authors, churches, Christian colleges, Christian organizations, foundations, publishers, trainers and volunteers has touched over 1 million people. These relationships have seen 5 thousand people trained, plus 35 Christian organizations, churches and programs developed.

The Institute for Black Family Development is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Christian organization networking with pastors, church leaders, executives and key staff members in churches and Christian Organizations.


To become a premier trainer for Christian leaders who will improve the quality of life of children, youth and families.


1. To serve the Church in meeting the needs of families in their Church and community.
2. To serve the Church in the development of a Christian view of families.
3. To serve the Church by providing training, technical assistance, products and resource materials.


Associate of Arts in Family Life Education a partnership with Great Lakes Christian College to prepare Christian leaders for leadership and service in the church.

Detroit Partnership a partnership with The Summit Group to serve city and suburban pastors establishing a role for itself of planting visions, perspective and ideas and then bringing leaders together to collaborate on the work necessary for those ideas to take on a life of their own, which allows for the freedom necessary to expand in God s timing and according to His plans.

Hero of Black Christian Media Broadcasting

Rev. Glenn Plummer


Senior Pastor of Detroit s Ambassadors for Christ Church, Dr. Plummer is a prolific teacher of the Word of God. Founder of Christian Television Network, Dr. Plummer is a pioneer in the field of Christian broadcasting and recently ended a 3 year term as Chairman of the National Religious Broadcasters.
Here s a list of accomplishments:

· Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Christian Television Network

· President
Christian Television Network

· Head
Christian Television Network

· President
Fellowship of Israel

· Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Fellowship of Israel

· Chief Executive Officer
Ambassadors for Christ Church

· Senior Pastor
Ambassadors for Christ Church

· President and Chief Executive Officer

· Pioneer In the Field of Christian Broadcasting

Global Financier

Olivier Kamanzi


Olivier Kamanzi is capital markets expert. Currently, he is Group President/CEO and Chief Investment Officer of the Globrock Financial Group Inc., a global management and investment advisory consulting firm based in Chicago downtown. The firm provides extensive knowledge and expertise in management consulting, investment management, investment advisory, and other financial services primarily to Small and Medium Enterprises and institutional clients. We offer global, emerging markets, frontier markets - Africa, and Asia business processes, strategies, and investment advisory. Mr. Kamanzi is advisory board member of Continental Africa Chamber of Commerce and founder of the Chicago Africa Trade Center. He is board member of St. Sabina School Academy and other various not-for profit organizations.

The last three years, Mr. Kamanzi assisted in designing and developing policies for the harmonization and integration of the East Africa (Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda) financial markets and capital markets in particular. He helped in designing, developing, and establishment the Rwandan capital markets industry and the creation of the first Rwanda Stock Exchange and an over-the counter (OTC) market to enable securities transactions. Prior joining the East Africa and Rwanda Capital markets, Olivier worked for the largest worldwide corporate banks including Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase alternatively as Financial Executive and Senior Investment Specialist. He holds various professional licenses and certifications in investment advisory and banking; insurance; payment and settlement systems; financial analysis; etc.

He holds MBA in Finance from Ashford University, Iowa and a bachelor degree in Business Administration from University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He fluently speaks English, French, Russian, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, and basics in Germany. He is married with one 4 years old son and his hobbies are running for charities, basketball, reading, and travel.

Founder and Chairman

Dr. Melvin E. Banks


Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community.

At the age of 12, Dr. Banks was inspired by a man quoting Hosea 4:6 to dedicate himself to addressing the spiritual needs within Black communities throughout the country. In 1955, he graduated from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and married Olive Perkins. He went on to Wheaton College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and a Master of Arts and Biblical Studies degree. He received an honorary Doctorate of Literature from Wheaton College in 1992. In 2008, Moody honored him as its Alumnus of the Year.

Dr. Banks is the author and editor of a number of books and Bible studies. In addition to his leadership at UMI, Dr. Banks is the founder of the Urban Outreach Foundation, an elder in his local church, and a member of the boards of trustees of Wheaton College and the Circle Y Ranch. He lives in South Holland, Illinois with his wife Olive. They have three children.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community.

Dr. Banks became a Christian believer when he was 9 years old in Birmingham, Alabama. Three years later, at the age of twelve, he heard an old African American man speak movingly about the great spiritual needs within Black communities throughout the country. The man quoted Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” At that moment, Melvin dedicated himself to the task of addressing these needs.