“Through a personal encounter of faith with the One who is faithful, I accepted the call to fully work for God as His under-shepherd because of the burden of souls He placed on my heart.”
Born into an Adventist family in Angola, Jorge Neketela received a well-balanced education from his parents. He grew up knowing the Bible, especially the book of Proverbs, which was a guide in his Christian life. This gave him a strong foundation, and even when he was away from home studying in Thailand, he had a personal knowledge of Christ. However, while studying in Thailand, he encountered financial challenges.
Jorge was on the verge of being sent home by the university because he had no money. But God touched the heart of a sponsor to pay his debt. He was so grateful to God for His providence that he committed four months of his time to doing mission work for God through canvassing.
At the end of these four months, one of his close friends encouraged him to speak with one of the university teachers, who advised him to apply to Hartland College. Jorge had no idea about Hartland, yet he felt impressed to apply. He had no money, but God provided miraculously. Through His leading, Jorge was granted the Missionary Training Fund (MTF) scholarship and received a visa—even after being rejected once.
“The classes here are like spiritual food to me; they are not just a class but a space where I can perfect my relationship with God,” Jorge says. “I had a theoretical understanding of the Bible, but not a transforming experience. But now, by God’s grace, I have the knowledge of the Scriptures in a way I never had before.”
Jorge is passionate to share the gospel with the people in Angola who are mainly Catholic, and where the majority of them do not believe the foundational doctrines of the Bible. He feels a burden to prepare the way in the hearts and lives of his people that they may behold Christ.
“Words are not able to describe the impact and blessing you have been to many,” Jorge concludes, speaking to those who have given to support the MTF. “Thank you so much for being a blessing to us, and I pray that the Lord may bless you, keep you, and make His face to shine upon you.”