Dr. John and Sarah Ellen Carson

John Carson Winter 2016Dr. John and Sarah Ellen Carson

ARP Missionaries to Africa: Theological Education by Extension: Teaching Pastors

January 2017 Up Date

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  (Ken Thomas)

Because of you …

December 2015 was the best month of giving we have ever had! We were really far behind in our ministry support and I thought there was no way possible that we could come close to closing the gap at the end of the year – but you did it!

But that is just the financial part.

Because of you – your prayers and support –  so many amazing things have happened and are happening.

Because of you – your prayers and support –

On Sunday we worshiped at a thriving young church in Leith, Scotland, with close to 100 worshippers – many of them young professionals.

Because of you – your prayers and support –

Next Tuesday we are heading to Africa to teach students basic Biblical truths about Christ (Christology), His Church (Ecclesiology), and His Coming Again (Eschatology) plus other courses (Church History and Preaching). Many of these students are pastors, but all of them are preparing to serve God in a place which urgently needs the Gospel.

Because of you – your prayers and support –

I am not forgetting my theology. I know as the song writer wrote – that it is from God that all blessings flow – but I also know that it is so often through an individual like yourself that God chooses to channel His blessings.

THANK YOU for being channels of His blessings!


  1. Individuals and churches who have prayed for and supported us so selflessly this year.
  2. Sarah Ellen and I had a safe and comfortable trip to Scotland on our way to Africa.
  3. Grace Church, Leith, is doing very well.
  4. Our daughter Emma and family are settling in well and learning the ropes of living in Scotland and taking up their tasks of serving at Grace Church.
  5. Our niece Ashley Olson and her family are also settling in well and beginning to take up their tasks.
  6. We have had some wonderful family time on our way to Africa.
  7. I have been able to put the finishing touches on my courses and complete some other ministry business while in Scotland.


  1. Travel to Africa on Tuesday – 9 hours and 50 minutes in the air plus several hours waiting in airports.
  2. A good start to teaching next week.
  3. Sarah Ellen’s continued improvement from her health challenges.
  4. Students in Africa who are zealous to know and teach God’s Truth to others.