Thank you for your prayers and support
The Soweto project is surging ahead.
We now have full planning permission - signed plans below!
Fred and Esrom, who are pictured below, head up Sebocom Construction - our contractors.
We are building relationships with the community: a local school has agreed to host us temporarily as the new campus is built, and the contractors have hired 12 people from the local community to help with the work. The foundations are almost complete. Work has begun to dismantle the old building on site.
We have most of the funding for the first three phases, although still require funds to complete the project. Ronald Kalifungwa from Lusaka Baptist Church has agreed to speak at our opening conference in Soweto next year.
Term 3 in progress
Our third term of four has started with all students accounted for. They are working hard on their Bible Overview Assignments and Preaching Workshops on Exodus. We had a great conference with Conrad Mbewe at the end of last term, and we are looking forward to a conference on Daniel with Vaughan Roberts (21-23 Aug). Our Gospel Partners Lunch that week is on 'Facing Spiritual Battles: lessons from Martin Luther's reflections on Scripture.'
Please pray for the recruitment process for January 2018, which is well underway.
We have bid farewell to Glenn Nesbitt who returns to work at St. Ebbes's church in Oxford, and said hello to Kylie Zietsch who has joined us from Sydney. Kylie was a student with us in 2008, and has since been to Moore Theological College and worked as a school chaplain. Please pray for us as we look to grow the team to make the most of the new opportunity in Soweto.
Growing Gospel Training Partnerships
Please pray for our sister works in Malawi and in Zimbabwe. Several leaders will be joining us for refreshment, training, and strategizing in two weeks time.
We continue to work through this process to offer an accredited Occupational Qualification in Bible teaching. This is part of a full occupational qualification in ministry. There is a national conference later this month to enable colleges to be ready for this as soon as the government has finalised the terms of this new qualification. We are excited about this as it is a practical qualification in parallel to tertiary education, and we pray will enable us train expository Bible teachers better, in a broad framework, with access to government visas.