Biola University Journalism Professor Teaches Publishing in Africa

Tamara Welter teaches at Biola and has teamed with Magazine Training International.

Dr. Tamara J. Welter is associate professor of journalism at Biola University and is a trainer for Magazine Training International (MTI)  which holds training seminars in publishing in the Third World.

Welter recently wrote about her experience with MTI in Kenya, where she met Hulda, whose job is to produce publications to bring hope across war-torn Africa.

Welter said: “Hulda squeezed her face in close to mine as she held up her phone to take a photo. She and several members of her church had traveled from the Dominican Republic of Congo (DRC) to Kenya to attend the first MTI training for publishers in Africa. Hulda was a part of the design training track for which I served as a trainer.”

Welter writes that she later met some of Hulda’s team members and heard stories of the disease, abduction, and murder they and others in the DRC faced regularly.

“One team member who works with young boys who escape from enslaved child soldiering believes that ministry through media can spread peace and hope across the Congo. Hulda’s job is to produce publications that do just that,” Welter said.

Welter continued: “Early in my professional career, I found myself volunteering as photographer and designer with a ministry that trained pastors in various places around the world.

“I’ve always believed global ministry should be collaborative, with members of Christ’s body from all vocations and from everywhere around the world, coming together to further the Gospel mission. I’ve brought this same philosophy into my teaching at Biola University, believing the work that our students do as journalists and media professionals can contribute to Kingdom ministry and to the impact on the world for Jesus.”

When Welter learned of the ministry of Magazine Training International several years ago, she was quickly ignited by its mission.

“As I was looking for ways to connect myself and my students with their mission, I was asked to travel with MTI to Kenya for their first training on the continent of Africa. I knew I needed to contribute, but I didn’t know what to expect of the training. MTI’s materials appeared to be of very high quality, but I had never seen the organization at work.”

Welter said she believes in ministry and that God is able to use any willing vessel to accomplish His will. “But, I struggle when ministries lack excellence in the presentation of their material and their brand. My experience in Kenya with MTI and their community of trainers was far from mediocre. I was very impressed with the caliber of trainers as well as the quality of the international publishers who attended the training.”

Welter said trainers from major organizations and publications were volunteering their time and finances to contribute to the mission. And, publishers from across the continent of Africa (and beyond) came eager to learn and grow the missions and ministries of their publications. “It was one of the most amazing experiences I have had where my profession connected so intentionally with the passion of ministry, and at such a high-quality level.”

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SOURCE: Assist News

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