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.
At this time of year we are reminded of Jesus Christ, the light of the world, coming to earth. Have you considered spreading Christ's compassion to those in the developing world? We are presenting you with a number of gifts that we hope you will consider purchasing in order to bless those in need this Christmas.
*Please note that acknowledgements will not be sent between December 23 and 27. Thank you for your understanding!
In order to purchase one of the gifts below, please use this online form.
Bibles ($5 CAD / $4 USD each)
The average cost to purchase a Bible to be distributed in various projects.
Chickens ($12 CAD / $9 USD each)
The cost to purchase good quality chickens to begin small egg and meat production through the Agricultural Commercialization project in Nicaragua (250 needed).
"Bundles of Love" ($18 CAD / $14 USD each)
A toy and an item of practical value for a CDA student in Colombia or a La Palabra student in Guatemala.
Home-Based Care ($70 CAD / $55 USD)
The cost of caring for one outpatient for one year through the Nakekela HIV/AIDS Clinic in South Africa (250 needed).
Leadership Training ($120 CAD / $90 USD)
The average cost of training one church leader or CDA staff member in the principles of biblically based community leadership through the School of Practical Ministries in Colombia (150 needed).
Batteries ($200 CAD / $150 USD each)
The cost to purchase batteries for power backup at Adoration Christian School due to unreliable electricity in Haiti (12 originally needed - 9 remaining).
Two-day Training Conference ($270 CAD / $205 USD)
The average cost for a two-day elder and lay pastor training conference (usually 30-50 participants) through Logos Ministries in Malawi, designed to provide elders and pastors with the practical and doctrinal tools they need to better serve their congregations (36 needed).
Teacher Training ($500 CAD / $380 USD)
The cost to train a teacher for a year at AMG schools in Guatemala. A strong contributing factor to the success of AMG schools in the last several years has been the development of a strong leadership team of national workers across the country (60 needed).
Four-day Training Conference ($750 CAD / $570 USD)
The average cost for a four-day leadership conference for pastors through Logos Ministries in Malawi, designed to provide elders and pastors with the practical and doctrinal tools they need to better
serve their congregations (4 needed).