When Sumon* was 17, he thought his formal education was over. The son of a South Asian farmer, there wasn’t enough money for him to continue his studies. With no vocational skills that would allow him to apply for jobs, it felt to Sumon like he had reached a dead end.
“Many times I felt burdened for my family,” Sumon, now 29 years old, says of those early days. “I wanted to provide for them.”
Fortunately, Sumon’s life was set to change. From the recommendation of his uncle, he applied to the Salam Training Centre (STC).
Now in its fifteenth year, STC trains students in key skills, such as motorcycle mechanics, welding and electrical. They desire to infuse character and spiritual development with vocational excellence. There are many challenges in a country that is less than one percent Christian and where people face extreme hardships if they change their spiritual allegiance.
“It is essential to build up servant leaders for the next generation,” says STC director Rohan*. “STC trains disadvantaged, young men to become productive members of their families, fellowships, and communities.
“By training young, underprivileged men, STC is bringing hope to many families across the country.”
While at STC, Sumon trained as an electrician and soon after graduating found an electrician job in a factory.
“During my time at STC I received moral training, spiritual training and technical training,” Sumon says. “I received Christ through STC when I was a student there. My family and I are sincerely grateful to STC for how it changed my life.”
After five years in the work force, Sumon heard about another opportunity. Wanting to make a difference in the lives of young people, he applied and now works at STC as an electrician trainer, helping others succeed just like he was helped.
“We are so thankful to God for STC,” Rohan says. “From the time STC started till now many students have received the gospel through this ministry. Many of the former students are mature servant leaders of Christian communities.”