Paul Estabrooks and Jim Cunningham have been best friends for more than sixty years and are passionate about developing fully committed disciples of Jesus Christ...through their teaching, writing and life style.
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Dr. Jim Cunningham is a lifelong learner with a passion – and training – to help adult learners teach adults across cultures. He has written curriculum and conducted seminars for encouraging Christians and training-trainers in numerous countries as a Consultant in Adult Education.
Dr.Cunningham co-authored Education In Christian Schools: A Perspective and Training Model with Anthony Fortosis for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). He helped compile Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS) for Open Doors International (ODI) with his lifelong friend Paul Estabrooks.
Together they wrote the SSTS Study Guide and Teacher’s Guide. Jim also gave oversight to the development of a Seminary Course for Bible Colleges in Sri Lanka entitled: TOPAD: A Theology of Persecution and Discipleship. His recent publication The Art of Education: A Biblical approach to Training – Teaching – Discipling Adults, is used in East Africa to cover a wide range of education topics from a Christian worldview.
Jim graduated from Lakeshore Teachers College (Toronto, ON) in 1963. After committing his life to Jesus Christ in 1964, he finished teaching Elementary School and pursued a ministry career at Tyndale University College (formerly London College of Bible and Missions – London, Ontario). He graduated in 1968 with a BRE (Bachelor of Religious Education) degree. While training leaders for ten years in the ministry of Christian Service Brigade, he received his Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Adult Education from Northern Illinois University – DeKalb, IL, in 1976. In 1979-80 Cunningham completed a year of doctoral research in Jerusalem prior to receiving his Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Adult Education from the University of Toronto in 1981. In 1982 “Dr. Jim” joined the faculty of Trinity Western University www.twu.ca a private Christian university – in Langley, British Columbia where he taught Philosophical Foundations in Education until 1990 (part-time till 2002). Today, living in British Columbia, he heads the training ministry, GO TEACH GLOBAL: www.goteachglobal.com. He and his wife, Rita, have been married for fifty-one years. They have two grown married children and five grandchildren.
Paul Estabrooks is a veteran foreign missionary with a deep concern for Christians in restricted countries. He completed thirty-eight years of ministry to Persecuted Christians with Open Doors International after eight years with the Far East Broadcasting Company.
Paul is a story-teller and loves to share the joys and triumphs as well as the challenges of members of the part of the body we call the Persecuted Church. Over the past forty years he has distributed Bibles, brought encouragement, training and other assistance to Christians living in areas where they are persecuted or are restricted in living out or sharing their faith...encouraging them to reach out to others around them. He joined Open Doors-Asia in 1979 as Research Manager for the Asia region. Prior to joining Open Doors, Paul - whose roots are in Maritime Eastern Canada - served eight years with the Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC) in Manila, Philippines as head of Overseas Radio Programming. There he studied the Tagalog language and he and his wife adopted a Filipino baby girl – Melinda (host of the young women’s web/video/TV program “See, Hear, Love” from 100 Huntley Street - Crossroads Television).
It was during those years of considerable travel throughout Asia for FEBC that he developed an awareness and concern for Christians in spiritual needy countries like China, Russia, Vietnam, Cambodia, India and Burma.
He was the Project Coordinator for the delivery of one million Chinese Bibles (232 tons) to Shantou, China in one night -- June 18, 1981 -- called Project Pearl. TIME magazine dubbed it “Risky Rendezvous in Swatow,” but he says, “For me it was the most exciting night of my life! The subsequent testimonies of Chinese people who received those Bibles suggest it was also the most significant activity of my life…as well as for the other nineteen men on the team.” This project is the subject of one of his books and a video documentary. He also served Open Doors for three years as Southeast Asia Coordinator—based in Singapore—as well as the first full-time Director for Open Doors Canada for five years (1986-1991).
Paul is the author of five books and a number of booklets. One is a major training manual used around the world in 44 languages titled STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM (SSTS). His latest volumes are ESCAPE FROM NORTH KOREA, NIGHT OF A MILLION MIRACLES: The Inside Story of Project Pearl and DAILY INSPIRATION FROM THE LION’S DEN: Devotionals to help you Stand Strong Through The Storm.
SPEAKING TOPICS: Paul Estabrooks is available to speak/teach for weekend church services, seminars, one-week intensive courses and special events:
RED SKIES AT DAWN: Coming storms facing the church in the West and how to respond.
STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM Victorious living for Christians living under pressure, discrimination and persecution.
WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOD DOING? A survey of places and peoples among whom God’s Spirit is at work. THREE GOOD NEWS STORIES OF THE LAST YEAR Amid the horrors of persecution today, there are at least three significant “good news” stories.
LIFE LESSONS FROM THE LION’S DEN How the Persecuted Church members model victory, endurance and perseverance.
THEOLOGY OF PERSECUTION AND DISCIPLESHIP Seminary course with biblical perspectives on persecution, suffering and martyrdom.
Paul has led mission trips to Asia for many years. In the summer of 2010 he led a team of sixteen on a prayer walk to North-east China and North Korea. When a representative of Open Doors, he visited Christians in restricted countries as diverse as Cuba, Tibet, Iraq, China, Bhutan, Mongolia, Iran, India, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East. He has shared his experiences of meeting Persecuted Christians with numerous audiences in Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and South and North America.
So far in 2019, he has ministered overseas in Bhutan and Palestinian Territories. He co-teaches “Standing Strong Through The Storm” (SSTS) seminars internationally as well as a seminary level course titled “Theology of Persecution and Discipleship” (TOPAD). In North America, he also teaches a 1-day SSTS seminar which shares the biblical principles learned from the Persecuted Church.
Paul graduated from Tyndale University College (LCBM - London, Ontario) in 1966 with a Bachelor of Theology honors degree. He later received a Bachelor and Master of Arts (with distinction) from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan majoring in Mass Communications. In 2016, Tyndale University College selected him as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year!
He and his wife, Dianne, have been married for fifty-four years. They have three grown married children, eleven grandchildren, and make their home in London, Ontario, Canada.
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