About In His Hands International Ministries and Bible College
Hi. My name is Elizabeth Paige, Founder and President of In His Hands International Ministries and Bible College, and I am so happy to have you study God's Word with us!!!
This is a ministry of the Lord from start to finish, and I am simply one of many vessels by whom He is getting His Word out to the nations. Let me tell you how it all got started.
In 1998, at the tender age of 25, as a brand new wife and believer, after three days of intensely praying and asking God seven most important words that all believers should ask, "What do You want with my life?", He answered me clearly--laying out the first few steps that would change my life forever, and transform my thoughts on what ministry truly is.
In response to that prayer, God directed me to my calling. "Adopt two children from another country and start a Christian school and teach." Quite honestly, the latter seemed easier, so I tried it first and was shut down at every attempt. God has an order and timing about all things. His ways are perfect.
He had two specific children on the other side of the world, in completely hopeless situations, on two different continents, to whom He had called me, out of every woman on earth, to be their mother. Through prayer, He directed me with laser accuracy to the country, the agency, and the exact children He had chosen for me.
Two questions that are at the pinnacle of why I seek God in everything and obey Him even when it hurts, besides my complete love and devotion for Him is this, "What if I wouldn't have obeyed? What if I wouldn't have ever asked?"
Not only was it a huge honor to be the chosen mother of these children, but with them having 8 and 11 years of rejection, these were children who had never loved nor been loved, who did not know how to trust, who had great suffering beyond my greatest imagination, who had suffered trauma, fear, rejection, abuse, and abandonment--and He was calling me to lay down my life to envelope them in Isaiah 61--the prophesy of the Messiah, and the call to all Christians. "The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations." (Isaiah 61:1-4)
And so began my full-time ministry--no titles, no honors, no fancy buildings--but bringing hope to the hopeless, one prayer and one tear at a time.
Through this and many other aspects of my calling, through many years, many mountains, and many valleys, I am learning a lot about the heart of our Heavenly Father, the love He has for all people, how challenging it really is to love the unlovable and to forgive without measure, to lay down our lives for the lost and the suffering, and to fully surrender our lives to the King of kings, whose love knows no bounds. (I do believe this really is impossible without being born again and being filled with His Holy Spirit. This is His regenerative work in us--nothing we can accomplish on our own.)
The second aspect of my calling is why I started this--and, quite honestly, why it's taken me 20 years to get here. The first problem is I thought that I had to wait until some human with authority appointed (and, let's be honest...paid me) to do what God called me to do. But, what does the Bible say, "A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men." (Proverbs 18:16) The calling is from God and it is to Him alone that we stand.
Although I have been a Bible teacher for 15 years and helped plant and pastor a church, and have many "credentials", I find myself overwhelmed with my own weakness and frailty to properly build a school to teach His Word.
Think about it...in a way, who on earth can possibly be qualified to teach the unfathomable riches of the wisdom and glory of Christ? None of us are perfect. The best of our understanding is like seeing through a glass dimly, so how can anyone, even with the help of the Holy Spirit, rightly divide the Word of Truth?
Since there is no limit to His Word--it is alive and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword--how can anyone tell you that you have completed your education? Aren't we always learning? Won't we always be growing? Can anyone really share the lessons that are only learned in the storms and fiery furnaces of our own lives?
We are all called to teach and share the Gospel, so even if, in our human frailty, we can teach God's Word with grace and truth, how can anyone measure what each student knows and what is in their heart, but God alone? Who on earth can qualify or disqualify someone to whom God has called?
As I wrestled with all of these things, God planted a powerful nugget of truth in my heart which happened to be at a time when I had broken my ankle and was having to mistreat my knees, shoulders, back, and armpits to compensate for the broken body part. He said, "You are just an elbow. You sit around with other elbows and talk about how great elbows are, but in so doing, you miss out on the functionality of the whole Body."
Each of us is a part of the Body and has a specific design and function. So, in putting together this Free Bible College Online, I am really doing nothing more than making available powerful, anointed teachings by different parts of the Body, each operating in their unique calling and gifting, so that each of us, in our unique callings and giftings, can better prepare ourselves to be vessels useful for our King, so that He can do His mighty works in this world through us--His Body.
So, my focus is not necessarily to give you credentials to do anything, but rather to encourage and empower you to do what God has already qualified you to do.
If I can impart anything to you, let it be this:
Give Him everything. (That means everything--your hopes, your dreams, your future, your security, your ideas, your family, your career, your way of doing things, even your religious beliefs.) Lay it all down as a sacrifice. "For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me will find it." (Matthew 16:25)
Take up your cross and follow Him. (Matthew 16:24) (If you have given your life to the Lord, it no longer belongs to you. No matter where He leads you, know that He is Emmanuel--God with us--and He will never leave you nor forsake you, so trust Him fully no matter the cost. He has already gone before you and He is your rear guard. He has already made a way where there is no way. Just remember that His ways are not your ways. Neither are His thoughts your thoughts. His are infinitely higher, so don't expect them to line up with one another. They won't.
And pour yourself out in the service of mankind. Love the unlovable. Tangibly. Bind up the broken-hearted. In ways they can feel. Set the captives free. It is by our love that people will know that we are His. Give that love freely. Expect nothing in return. (It doesn't matter if you have a degree or a title or a job description that says you can--that's why we're not even bothering with that here--you are a child of the Most High God and you are a king and priest unto Him, therefore nothing is impossible, if you believe.)
This world is lost and broken and in desperate need of hope and the Savior of their souls. We can help bring His Kingdom authority into this broken world by learning to better hear our Good Shepherd, learning to submit to Him, and by being prepared to do His will in the earth, through the truth of His Word, the power of the name and blood of Jesus, and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
God bless you all as we serve Him together, with a pursuit of life-long personal growth, as we receive tools to encourage our faith and to be a blessing to the world around us, and as we learn to function as the Body should, in the unity of brotherly love in the Spirit!
I also want to introduce you to an amazing young man and Bible scholar from Zimbabwe, Evangelist Phillip Matingwina, who, by the grace and wisdom of God, has authored most of the anointed courses in this Bible College, and has provided them to you free of charge, so that the Word of God and wisdom of God can spread across this world and advance the Kingdom of God, for the salvation of the souls of man. His courses include such anointed topics as: