About the Gandep Training Centre
The Gandep Training Centre is the result of 30 years of mission work by Frank Beale, a Churches of Christ missionary. Frank went to live with the local people in the 1960’s and spent a lifetime helping them with his very practical skills. He went with nothing but $2000 and a heart to serve. In the 1990’s five villages agreed to give over a parcel of land on their mutual borders to build a training centre. Frank helped them build Gandep with the vision of it being a training college, community meeting place, trade centre, and bible college for the region. In a region with no infrastructure, no healthcare, no education, no law enforcement, and no commerce, Gandep, is indeed, a beacon of hope.
Today, Gandep is contradiction. Access is nigh on impossible, the tractor, formerly used to carry supplies along the trade route is broken down, the buildings are run down and desperately in need of maintenance, there is little food, and, at maximum, only three-weeks supply of fresh water. Despite this, the college is thriving. The college was built to accomodate 8 students. In 2018 it houses 28 students and their families. Each student is being trained both practically and spiritually to return to their village as a local pastor. Local villagers believe in Gandep so much that they will walk for six days through the jungle to attend a conference held there.