By Pastor Pam Lund
MNSOM is proud to introduce you to the recipients of the 2021 William Seymour Black Leadership Scholarship. To meet the growing need in the Minnesota District, MNSOM is committed to investing in and empowering the next generation of Minnesota’s Black pastoral leaders. The goal of this scholarship is to equip and invest in Black, Spirit-led pastoral leaders, to plant and strengthen churches, transform communities, advance biblical justice, and restore families.
The burden that drives Kwasi Twumasi (pictured on the left) is to fulfill the great commission by reaching out to thousands of African immigrants in the Twin Cities area. African immigrants face numerous challenges, including immigration, language barriers, transportation, and poverty. Many Africans, especially women, often find it difficult to access transportation so they can actively participate in church activities or even meet their daily transportation needs.
Kwasi is on track to receive AG credentials in April and has planted a church, “Joyful Way Assemblies of God”. Under his leadership, the church is dedicated to being an engine of change by establishing strong relationships through small groups, teaching about Christ, and helping solve people’s most basic needs.
In 2018 Morlie Hunt and her family moved back to the Twin Cities from Chicago. Living outside the Minneapolis City limits, they were sensing a strong call to move back into the core of the city of Minneapolis. It wasn’t until the summer of 2020, in the middle of the worldwide pandemic and social and political unrest directly affecting Minneapolis, that they clearly heard the Lord say, “Go Now!”
They are excited for how God will use their family for Kingdom work as they partner with their neighbors, local businesses, and ministries that already have boots on the ground. Morlie is excited for the opportunity to represent the MN District of the Assemblies of God as she trains and grows with MNSOM in Bible literacy and ministry preparation.
MNSOM will be accepting applications for the 2022 William Seymour Black Leadership Scholarships between January 3-31, 2022. Information and links to the application can be found at mnsom.org/scholarship. The announcement of the 2022 recipients will be announced the first week in February when we honor Black History Month.