The Stunning Global Impact of SMT

By Nic Lesmeister
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Posted in UncategorizedZealous Magazine on March 1, 2016

Online education has become a staple in the modern world. Whether you are looking for an associate’s, bachelor’s, or even a graduate degree, you can complete almost any of these online today. But beyond that, the Internet is swimming with videos, podcasts, blogs, and resources that many access on a daily basis to enhance our education on numerous subjects.

When it comes to Messianic Jewish education, there are few resources more robust and thorough than MJBI’s School of Messianic Theology (SMT). Officially launched in 2011, SMT has been an incredible tool in the Lord’s hand.

Today, 20 professional courses are offered online to anyone in the world through SMTEnglish.com. You can even watch and take these courses on your smart phone in the bush of Zimbabwe! With plans for 28 additional courses in the future, the SMT will eventually be the most complete online library of Messianic Jewish education available in the world.

But that is not the most exciting part! The MJBI has been diligently working in Ethiopia, Ukraine, and Hungary over the past year to translate many SMT courses into the native languages of these countries. In the past, teachers would have flown in from the West, spending up to two weeks teaching these courses in our international schools – a very costly and time-consuming process.

In Ethiopia alone, the translated SMT courses have propelled MJBI to scale our growth to 7 schools and 450 students! Moreover, the students are absorbing the information even more deeply now that it is in their native tongue. And in Ukraine, 20 SMT courses have been translated into Russian. A dedicated Russian website is now available to our students in Russia, Ukraine, and even Israel.

It is truly amazing to see how the Lord has exploded the reach of the MJBI through the SMT in the four short years of its existence. MJBI is training leaders all around the world because of this powerful educational tool.

Finally, if you’re like me, you will enjoy seeing the compelling impact of these SMT statistics:

527 students individually enrolled online in SMT
450 students in 7 locations in MJBI Ethiopia schools
203 students in 10 locations in MJBI Zimbabwe schools
37 distinct countries from where online SMT students are enrolled
20 courses translated into Russian
15 different professors and lecturers
4 translated languages

Miraculous! The impact MJBI is seeing through the SMT is immense! Your generous support has made it possible. Please continue to partner with us as the SMT advances around the world!

For Zion’s Sake,

Nic Lesmeister
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Nic Lesmeister – President and CEO

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