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February 4, 2010
By Kristen Lindsey
Philadelphia Baptist Church, Vestavia Hills
Birmingham Baptist Association
Favorite Bible Verses: 1 Timothy 6:17–18
Favorite Hymn: “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
Hobbies: Golf and fishing
Family Status: Married to Cathy for 29 years; four children, Grey, Ryan, Dana and Holly; and four grandchildren
You need to understand God’s vision for your life in order for you to be happy,” said George Yeager. He believes God’s vision for him was to co-found and serve as president of Rejoice and Hope Ministries International, a nonprofit Christian organization serving people of Tanzania. He is also a senior financial adviser for Ronald Blue & Co. in Birmingham.
Q: What led you to create Rejoice and Hope Ministries International?
A: I was part of Promise Keepers and went to a Promise Keepers conference in 1996. The name of the conference that year was Breaking Down the Walls, which was about breaking down racial barriers. I was convicted that I had a barrier that I needed to break down. So I made a private promise to God that if He would put a colored man in my life, I would endeavor to make him my friend. Several years later, God did just that and I remembered my promise. The man God put in my life is named Rejoice Ndalima from Tanzania. Rejoice wanted our church to do ministry to Tanzania, and so a group went to Tanzania in 2000. I was so taken by their first trip to Tanzania that I wanted to go the next year. When I got to Tanzania in 2001, I was taken aback by what we saw. The opportunity was so great and so large that it just felt like we needed to get other people involved.
Q: What is the purpose and function of this ministry?
A: Our primary purpose is to evangelize. We do this in several ways. First, we have or support a crusade, which is still a very popular method of evangelism in Africa. Secondly, we have a pastor’s conference each year. Most pastors don’t have a theological education; they have a sincere calling but no training. Thirdly, we have children’s programs and programs for young women and girls. Fourthly, we have a health initiative. Lastly, we have a micro-finance program.
Q: How do you see yourself involved in this in the future?
A: We are working to make the ministry sustainable. I have an interest in training people to return to their countries and making a difference. I think I’ll continue to work with micro-finance ministries even here. I’m not done yet.
Q: What impact has this ministry made on your life?
A: This ministry has matured me. I’ve learned something new about myself every year. I have learned to let God be in control.