N. “Butch” and Janet Berner founded Light of Africa January 2003. They have served on the mission field in Zambia since 1996. Previous to Light of Africa, they trained national pastors to take up the work of church planting and a primary school they established. After much prayer Butch opened a Bible School and reading library for local pastors and church leaders. Janet trains those who work as care-givers for orphanages and those working with children in education. Leadership skills, Biblical Studies, Children’s Ministry and life skills are all part of the course-work they offer at no to nominal costs.
Butch received his M.A. from Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, N.Y.
When asked what the best part of his day is? "Hands down it would be teaching my students. They are all awesome and when you see them grasp a truth from God, there is nothing that can surpass that!"
Janet holds her M.Ed. from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. Both Butch and Janet worked in education prior to moving to Africa.
Janet shares, "I love playing with children, learning and teaching the Gospel, encouraging others and watching Jane Austen movies. I use my free time to do searches on the web and to play Boggle. I miss my family and friends the most when in Africa and my new family and friends when I am in the USA. The best part of my day is being able to share the Good News with others."
Presently, they live in Livingstone, Zambia. Butch and Janet celebrate their 20th anniversary 15 December 2010.
ABOUT LIGHT OF AFRICA
Light of Africa’s vision is to equip local Christian leaders to more effectively do the work of ministry.
Light of Africa is a nonprofit organization that is devoted to charitable, educational, and religious purposes. The goals of this organization are:
Communication of the Gospel of Jesus Christ – Equipping in evangelism and Biblical studies for adults, youth and children
Training - Instructing pastors and church leaders in Biblical studies, literacy and job skills via formal and informal classes in both rural and urban areas
Providing charitable aid – Assistance with food, clothing, education, hygiene, medical needs for those with true needs such as widows, orphans and vulnerable people (children, elderly, etc.
LIGHT OF AFRICA FOUNDERS
BUTCH AND JANET BERNER.
Other Members at Large: Dan Clute and Don Delavan