Brother Lee established the Full-time Training in Anaheim (FTTA) in 1989 in order to build up the trainees in Christ in the growth of the divine life, equip them with the divine truths, and cultivate their spiritual capacity in preaching the gospel, nourishing the believers, perfecting the saints, and prophesying for the building up of the Body of Christ. The former trainees, as well as the saints in the churches where they meet, can testify of the long-lasting benefits of the training; the cumulative experiences gained there over many years are still profiting the church life today.
Since its inception, Brother Lee intended that this training would be conducted by the co-workers, practically provisioned and housed by Living Stream Ministry (LSM), and supported by the churches and the saints in the Lord’s recovery, including the tuition paid by the trainees. This has been the arrangement for the past thirty years. By the Lord’s mercy, over that time there has been an increase in the number of trainees attending the FTTA. However, this has gradually increased the operational costs of the training as well, and for a number of years there has been a shortfall that LSM has been covering. With the combined costs of the FTTA and its extension in Boston, this shortfall was around $375,000 for the 2017-2018 school year. Even with increases in tuition, LSM will not likely be able to support these increasing costs for the long-term.
By way of Brother Lee’s direction, LSM will not make such needs known to the saints as a matter of principle. However, it is felt that without the participation of the saints, it will be difficult to maintain an adequate supply for the FTTA to continue to train the growing number of saints who are burdened to attend. Accordingly, there has been a growing feeling among the co-workers that this need should somehow be made known to the saints by some means other than the LSM, especially to those who have attended the training in the past and have personally realized its value. As an example, if one fourth of the 4,000 former trainees gave $25 monthly, this would cover the majority of the FTTA’s current shortfall.
Therefore, in close fellowship with the FTTA and the co-workers, a group of trainee graduates have come together to provide a way to inform the saints of this need and afford them the opportunity to participate in it. We have formed an entity called “FTTA Support Fund,” the purpose of which is to make this need known, as well as provide a mechanism for burdened saints to give as they feel led. It is not meant to diminish the giving toward the churches or other areas of the work, nor is it in any way intended to replace the current practice of fellowship among the churches in order to support trainees in their going to the FTTA. It is simply designed as a channel to help cover the increasing costs of the FTTA. By doing so, it is hoped that the tuition can be kept to a minimum so that as many trainees as possible can continue to attend the FTTA.