The new college in Bukavu is now open!!!!
We’re not finished yet though!
The new building and to the right the old building which we have done much to in previous years.
A wonderful time of celebration
On Sept 10th Pastor John Clack and I had the privilege of attending the opening of the new Bukavu Bible College.
After 2 amazing, stressful, exciting, adventurous years, the building was finally finished and we had the joy of participating in the celebrations which went on for 4hrs not counting the meal afterwards.
It was packed out including down the newly covered passageway and the lane outside.
After some songs from the choirs in the lane, John’s prayer of dedication and cutting the ribbon we all went inside and groups of pastors and others were taken on tours of the facilities.
It was a wonderful service and I was privileged to bring the Word of God.
I had dreamed 1yr before the message that I then actually preached about the dedication of the temple in 2 Chron 5 and when I sat down we experienced a quake which while not serious did remind us that this is God’s project and God is going to use it for his glory.
I have never seen Boniface so excited and happy as at this celebration. it has been a hard few years, and now it had finally come to fruition.
Boniface shared with the people how in 2010 he was ready to give up.
For many years he had had a vision for an international, interdenominational college that was a faith college and where students would learn about character and servanthood as well as theology, he had struggled to keep this vision going but no-one seemed to share that vision. He had lost family in the war and the college had been ransacked and destroyed and in a country where tribal identity is very important his open door policy was not accepted and any teachers willing to come, wanted paying – they didn’t understand his faith vision. So in 2010 he had had enough. He felt alone, he felt despairing and was going to give up.
That same year was when I visited Congo and he hosted me. He knew and loved my dad and that was why he hosted me. He and I had no idea what was to follow that visit. I only wanted to go on 1 visit where I had been born but God had other plans and 2010 saw the beginning of what culminated on Sept 10th 2016.
Praise God for his loving faithfulness!
8 major miracles have accompanied this build and £130,000 has been given by God’s faithful people to complete it. THANK YOU!
So what now?
While I was out there this time I met Gustav – a lovely Norwegian Pentecostal missionary married to Ingrid who is a wonderful missionary lady in charge of the Norwegian Pentecostal work in Congo. She has helped us so much. Gustav has just put solar energy into his home and he was sent from God to help us put solar energy into the college. He has agreed to do the labour and for £10,000 I can put in 6 panels and the batteries to store the energy (there is no grid for the electricity to be stored) so I have committed us to do this. It will mean the college has no dependence on the unreliable system that is available in Bukavu. This cost includes putting a hatch in the roof to access the panels on the 2nd floor to regularly clean them. We have already put in a system to provide water.
The project has always included sponsoring students. I aim to raise £220 per student per year which means they have 2/3 to find themselves, and now that we have the dormitories we aim to have 24 students residential in the college.
Helping with the teaching has also always been part of the project. God has graciously provided us with Charlene Harris, A wonderful American Pentecostal missionary who is based in Bukavu, who has helped us in many ways throughout the building phase and who is wiling to help with the teaching at the Bukavu Bible College. Charlene ran the Bible college for Reinhard Bonnke and already teaches in 7 Bible colleges throughout Africa on a regular basis. God’s favour is surely with this college and he is providing us with the best.
Eliana Whyte, principal of the International Bible Training Institute in Sussex (where I teach) has also agreed to a link between the two colleges and we are planning to go out together next September God willing. We will be discussing how that link will look in more detail in the coming months.
Masai Kahindi who is a missionary with AOG in Kenya has also agreed to become involved in this project. I respect him very much as a man of God and Spirit led. Swahili is his first language and he understands the African mind so will be a tremendous asset. God willing he hopes to come with us next Sept too.
God is beginning to reveal to us the future of leadership of the college but more of that in the near future
I am so thrilled at the way step by step God is providing for an exciting future for the college and making it into a college that will impact the whole of Congo with the love and power of God.
We still need you to invest in this college and to support the students, teachers, and help us to put the solar energy in.
Thank you again for all of you who have supported us in prayer and with finance. I am sure in the coming years you are going to hear exciting things about the college – the end is not yet!