ESCANABA - For Paul and Robina Wolff, reaching the lost in far reaching countries is just a way of life. This year marks their 30th year overseas and they are still just as determined as the first year. They recently visited local churches representing the work that is going on with their current organization, IGO (International Gospel Outreach) in several countries in Africa.
Paul Wolff is originally from Marquette where his parents owned Wolff Sewing Center and his home church was Bethel Baptist in Marquette. Robina (Benson) is from Flat Rock and her home church was Calvary Baptist. The couple are the parents of four children, Emily, Benjamin, Joshua, and Brittany.
At the beginning their missionary career, they served with New Tribes Mission for 25 years, 20 of which were in Papua New Guinea doing church planting, literacy schools, and Bible translation. After completing their church planting, the Lord directed them into being more effective ministers of the gospel by training and equipping the local believers to carry on the ministry rather than trying to do it all themselves.
Robine and Paul Wolff
They then founded IGO and two years ago started the new training program called, Africans Teaching Africans (ATA) in the country of Uganda with a class of 20 church leaders. Today that class has graduated and has now grown to include thousands of church leaders in seven countries throughout east Africa.
With their base of operations in Africa in the city of Kampala Uganda, the Wolff's have developed schools operating in a couple hundred locations throughout remote areas of Uganda, Kenya, Southern Sudan, Congo, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Malawi. They were recently asked to also begin schools in Burundi and expand into other countries.
Their aim is train many thousands of pastors so that they will teach from the Bible and transform Africa. What makes ATA unique is that they don't require huge financing or other outside resources in order to function. All they need is a willing teacher, students, and a place to meet, along with Bibles and some basic teaching materials.
Beginning today and again on Saturday, Calvary Baptist Church in Escanaba will hold an IGO Rummage and Bake Sale on the church grounds to help support the needs of missionaries, Paul and Robina Wolff, as well as the costs of shipping Bibles and other materials to Africa.
Calvary Baptist Church is located directly across from the U.P. State Fairgrounds on North Lincoln Road.
Friday hours are today until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to the International Gospel Outreach Organization.
Hot dogs, chips, and lemonade will also be sold as well as baked goods.