About WITH

WITH International Community is a Christian charity registered in England and Wales. It was founded in 2006 in response to a pressing need for equipping Christian leaders in Africa, Asia and beyond, to change their community’s stories.

By training key Christian leaders in Africa and Asia WITH is helping to shift the creation and delivery of theological and practical training courses from the hands of ‘outsiders’ to the hands of local Christians, who understand the culture, the needs and the dynamics of their communities.

The uniquiness of WITH’s trainers is that they walk alongside the people they train. They listen. They ask questions. They facilitate learning and reflection that enables the learners to find their own solutions to local challenges.

“Reflecting on the change in our training across Africa in the last 3-5 years, I cannot think of teaching and training in the way I used to. I cannot do training in the way I used to. Thanks to WITH for walking the journey together with us. AMEN!”

- Ministry leader, Africa

Our Vision

WITH forms partnerships with a variety of church and Christian organisations, who share our vision of transformed communities.

Our Mission

To facilitate the creation of a global network of local Christian trainers who can equip thousands of church leaders to develop their own biblical and practical responses for tackling social, economic and spiritual problems in their communities.


By donating to With International Community today you can equip and inspire more Christian leaders to change their community’s stories

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Our International Team

André Chitlango

André is based near Maputo, Mozambique, and leads the teams of WITH’s partner More than a Mile Deep (MMD). André is a theologian and scholar who is heavily involved in assisting Churches in Africa in making Christ visible ‘on Monday’ as well as ‘on Sunday’. In addition to leading the African teams, André is helping networks of various church denominations in his own country to develop their own systems of training for pastors and lay leaders. These networks reach across the whole of Mozambique. André’s passion and influence makes him a catalyst in his own country to see churches become ‘Monday Churches’, making Christ visible throughout the week through a lifestyle of care for poor, job creation, uplifting marginalised, and in advocacy against corruption and violence.

John Jusu PhD

John comes from Sierra Leone, but is currently based in Nairobi. He has been a leader of the Curriculum Team of WITH’s partner More than a Mile Deep (MMD) for over 20 years. John has devoted himself to serving the team in developing MMD continentally. His passion is to build a curriculum, that helps making African Christianity ‘a mile deep’ (versus miles wide, through the constant growth through conversion, but staying only an inch deep as to biblical literacy, and outreach to meet community’s needs). He hopes to take MMD curriculum back to Sierra Leone, where he and his wife have tirelessly developed care for orphans and widows, while also ministering to many in need in their native rural region. In the last two years, John Jusu has brought together a number of denominations and schools to design and develop curriculum, and they are now embracing MMD as the partner of choice to help change the direction of Sierra Leone’s church into becoming ‘more than a mile deep’ as churches become ‘Monday Churches’. John has served for years now as Africa Director of Overseas Council International, helping over twenty seminaries throughout Africa in their development. As MMD’s head of curriculum, inspired by the need for tools to equip the pastors in deepening God’s authority in their sermon preparations, he has committed himself as the main editor for the forthcoming Africa Study Bible, now available in English and French.

Zafar Ismail

Our dear colleague Zafar, formerly leader of Open Theological Seminary and Barnabas Fund, was the founder of Deir Mar Thoma (DMT) ministry in Pakistan. His cross-cultural knowledge and experience were instrumental to many DMT and WITH initiatives. The passion of his last 20 years has been to help the church in a Muslim majority context, to become missional (again). Sadly, brother Zafar went to be with the Lord rather suddenly in April 2020. His legacy is very much alive and DMT’s ministry continues to thrive and further its vision and reach, under the leadership of Azeeqa and her team, young people he nurtured in his vision and vision. He ambitiously has trained many young people throughout his life to be able to carry the vision he so cherished further, and WITH enjoys the privilege of working with these leaders from Zafar’s network.

Victor Lonu

Victor comes from the far eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He is currently based in Nairobi where he earned his Ph.D. in O.T. He has been training and coaching trainers and course developers of MMD’s partners throughout East, Central, and West Africa for over eight years now, and brings in the Francophone expertise into MMD and WITH teams. MMD is using Victor’s expertise to help expand its courses to numerous existing and prospective partners. At present he is main editor of MMD’s curriculum, both B.Th. as well as Grassroots. He is now moving to help MMD’s courses to go online, using a blended way of learning: information online and practice in group, on the ground. The heart of WITH and MMD is that practice precedes and permeates all reflection and learning life changing, even when facilitated online. Victor and his wife dream is to return to East DRC when the violence subsides.

Alpheus Banda

Alpheus is from Lilongwe, Malawi. He holds a Master’s degree in Christian Education with Concentration on Curriculum Development from Africa International University. His passion upon returning home is active person to person training and multiplying the impact of church on the community through training the trainers. His expertise is in practical relevant training to help church leaders to sustain their families through sustainable farming. He serves numerous churches and organisation, while coordinating MMD training in Malawi. He also provides training and coaching of MMD partner’s trainers in Southern Africa.

Nicholas Ivins

Nicholas lives in Idaho, USA, and leads WITH training projects in various regions.

Richard Morris

Richard lives in California, after years of professional career in IT consultancy in the UK and Southern Africa. After studying theology in California, he was invited to set up M.A.F. distance learning consultancy services. He served for 15 years as Director of M.A.F. Learning Technologies. In 2017 he joined WITH to focus on developing and bringing together many Specialist Trainers from and in the Southern Hemisphere. Richard has oversight of the operations of WITH internationally.

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