Hugo - Grade 11 Student
I entered the CDA school in 2003. Before that I came from a school where I felt an atmosphere of violence. In 2003, my mom decided to move me to the CDA school because many people came to her recommending it as a school where the students not only excelled academically, but were also taught to lead a different lifestyle through the teaching of God. The moment I stepped into the school I liked it very much. Before we started classes there was a devotional; thanks to this I was motivated to listen to God. At one time I had attended church, but I had stopped going. However, this year, after attending a concert organized by the school, I am reconciled with God. He woke up in me an interest to be reconciled with him. Now I am listening to the church. I am different, and I want my family to also attend.
Vanessa - GraduateI entered CDA in the ninth grade in 2006. Because my parents always had good references for this school and because we lived close by they decided to enroll my sister and me. Since February of 2015 I now work at CDA in the headquarters of the Lucero Alto school.
CDA has provided strong support in my life and thanks to this project I have been able to grow personally, spiritually, and professionally. When I completed my 11th grade studies I received a scholarship to continue my professional studies and achieved the degree and title of Social Worker. Since then I have had the opportunity to work in the schools of Cazucá and Lucero Alto. I feel very grateful because I have realized what I most like to do--work with families in the local community.
Now I would like to convey to young people that they have the opportunity to move forward, regardless of the environment and the situations which surround them (since many of them live in environments of high vulnerability). I live with my son and my husband, who is also a former student of CDA and who has also been witness to the beautiful message of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Delwin - Graduate
My name is Delwin. I began attending the John Calvin Christian School in Barranquilla in 2007 (Grade 5). I graduated from high school in 2014. Currently I am studying at the National Service of Learning (SENA) in the following program: “Design of Mechanical Elements for Manufacturing Machines and Tools CNC.” I am in third semester already. The support from CDA has been extremely important for me because my family does not have the necessary resources to help me study at the university. I am very thankful to God for this great opportunity I have been blessed with.
In 2014 the Mukhanyo Theological Seminary expansion was approved. The expansion will accommodate growth by adding larger classrooms, a media center, more office space, and some improvements on existing facilities (including the parking lot and perimeter fence). The Lord willing the expansion will be completed by the end of April. See their progress in the pictures below…
A view of the square.
A view of some new classrooms.
Removing a wall to expand the kitchen.
The new library facilities in progress as of January 2016.
The floor being laid in the library (February 2016).
The original wooden huts in which Mukhanyo began 22 years ago.
The Agricultural Commercialization project in Nicaragua is training locals in seven communities in the sustainable production of various crops; it involves micro-credits, training in family business development, pork production, poultry production, and the development of Christian leaders. Small-scale commercialization of the produce is already taking place.
Recently, our partners reported that both their Moringa trees and their pineapple crops are doing quite well.
Their Moringa trees were planted in May 2015 and they are now 12 feet tall. Half of the 600 trees they planted have survived, and they are planning to plant more in 2016. There is a growing awareness locally of the usefulness of the Moringa tree which can be used for many medicinal purposes; its leaves can even be used as feed for animals.
The pineapple crop is also growing very well, and our partners hope to see their first harvest in April/May of this year, the Lord willing (see pictures of the pineapple crop below).
Forty-six families are receiving micro-loans; they use the funds to pay for labour and equipment, and sometimes for seeds. Pastoral courses for 30 pastors are scheduled to begin shortly.
Thank the Lord with us for the strong leadership that this project has and for its success (though not without its challenges) so far.
Cush4Christ (a mission of the Reformed Presbtyerian Church of North America) started a Christian School in the South Sudan several years ago; today it has 104 students. Parents pay school fees so that the school is entirely self-sufficient with respect to operating cost. Last fall the Word & Deed Projects Committee approved funding the addition of four classrooms and one storage room to the existing structure to accommodate for school growth.
Below you can see the progress of the expansion as of early February. Plaster work in the interior was completed as far as possible. Construction will be complete by June 2016, the Lord willing.
Please see an excerpt from Logos’ 2015 annual report below, prepared by their Training Coordinator, Rev. Alliel Guwende:
In 2014 there 40 students enrolled in the Basic and Advanced Certificates in Theology. These were mostly pastors of different churches who had no formal theological training of any kind. We saw these classes graduate in late January 2015. For Logos Ministries, their graduation was a great achievement because it symbolized the commissioning of pastors who are now better equipped than before for their work in the pastorate.
Eight of the graduates from the Advanced Certificate in Theology went on to receive their Diploma in Theology (not an accredited course). They studied elective subjects (African Traditional Religions, Islam, Missiology, and Christian Ethics) in order to receive a Diploma in Theology.
Logos Ministries also grew this year, as a distance learning Degree Program with Mukhanyo Theological College of South Africa was also begun. In 2015, our first year offering this, twenty-one students were registered.
In addition, the In-Service Training and Lay Training conferences continued. These programs are designed to provide elders and pastors with the practical and doctrinal tools they need to better serve their congregations.
The In-Service Training is a program that targets ordained church pastors (most of whom have a Reformed background, such as CCAP Nkhoma Synod pastors); these four-day conferences help prepare them to deal with rising challenges to the Christian faith in Africa and to improve their leadership skills. The Lay Training program (two-day conferences) aims at building the capacity of lay leaders in various churches by providing them with training on biblical leadership skills and with teaching in sound biblical doctrine.
Our training at Mtengowanthenga is the most memorable one because I felt the Spirit of God was working among the participants more especially when I heard a comment from an old man who claimed that he has been a church elder for many years but had not known the book he has been using well enough. He confessed that he had known for the first time why he has been calling the Bible the living Word of God and that this has impacted his spiritual growth.
The Logos Ministries Resource Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Pastor Heiberg at the Logos Resource Centre with some of the students he taught during his visit there in 2015.