Who is Silvanus?
Silas, Silvanus [Sī'las,Sĭl vā'nus]—lover of words. A distinguished member and prophet of the Apostolic Church at Jerusalem who figures as the companion of Paul in his triumphs and trials. From the Book of Acts we learn that:
I. He was one of the chief men among the brethren and therefore of Jewish birth (Acts 15:32).
II. He was sent as a delegate from the Apostolic Council with Paul and Barnabas to report the Council’s decision (Acts 15:22).
III. He was probably a Roman citizen (Acts 16:37).
IV. His double qualification as a leading Jewish Christian and a Roman citizen eminently fitted him to take the place of Barnabas as Paul’s companion (Acts 15:40).
V. He suffered with Paul in prison (Acts 16:19, 25, 29), joining in the prayers and praises that midnight hour resulting in the conversion of the keeper of the prison.
VI. He was also associated with Peter, acting as bearer or scribe of Peter’s first Epistle (1 Pet. 5:12).
VII. He is probably the Silvanus who preached the Apostolic doctrine (2 Cor. 1:19; see 1 Thess. 1:1; 2 Thess. 1:1). (© 1988 Zondervan. All Rights Reserved)
We named our ministry after Silvanus because his life models our purpose for existence.
1. He was sent as a delegate. We are sent by Christ to Liberia.
2. He was a scribe for Peter. We consider him a literacy worker. We teach literacy combined with a bible lesson.
3. He preached the apostolic doctrine. We host a radio/podcast program formerly called "Defend the Faith' renamed "Piercing the Darkness."
Silvanus International Ministries is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing adult literacy, Christian education, computer training and visual and performing arts with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
A) To bring individuals into a maturing relationship with God as sons and daughters through missionary outreach in Liberia and other African countries.
B) To work with indigenous people of the countries to identify their needs and the best means of meeting their needs in the context of the culture.
C) To provide literacy training through Christian education:
Provide opportunities for evangelism and discipleship through the performing arts.
Provide Training of Educators "Using Technology in Education" workshops.
Provide Training of Trainers literacy workshops.
Provide literacy training through Christian education through radio, satellite transmission and the world wide web.
Provide homework help for school age children.
Provide opportunities for young people to take advantage of the educational and economic opportunities presented by computer technology by teaching them "Information Technology Concepts.
Collaborate with private and governmental agencies in providing training and workshops increasing the literate population in West Africa.
Collaborate with other religious institutions promoting the sharing of the gospel.