Without any transport, dedicated pastors serving in rural Africa have few of the opportunities for training. Bad roads and huge distances make accessing training difficult even when it is available.
As few church leaders in rural Africa receive proper pay or a stipend for their church work, their livelihoods depend on the crops they grow. But getting their crops to towns or trading centres where the prices are better than the village takes days of walking. This means church leaders spend significant amounts of time away from their church communities or risk losing out financially.
African villages are normally sparsely populated, made up of scattered clusters of farms. A pastoral visit to someone in the community who is unwell, for example, may take several days by foot, during which time the pastor is unable to work on their farm.