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 2019 News Stories
September 2019
EBCoM Graduation 2019


All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking,
correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God
may be thoroughly equipped for every good work
(2 Timothy 3: 16-17).

 

The College

The Evangelical Bible College of Malawi (EBCoM) is one of zambesi mission's (zm's) key partners in Malawi. In a country where detailed knowledge of the Bible is poor and access to Scripture is very limited, the danger of false teaching is high. EBCoM trains men and women to handle the word of God faithfully, so that they can preach and teach sound doctrine to others. EBCoM's recent graduation ceremony marked the end of their formal theological studies for a good number of students this year.

The past academic year has been unusual for two significant reasons. zm's financial situation in 2018 meant that we could not support any new first year students last September. Secondly, EBCoM has reduced the length of the certificate course from three to two years. That combination of factors means that 47 out of the 57 zm-supported students graduated in July.

 

The Graduation

zm's Field Director Simon Chikwana wrote: “We had one of the largest graduating groups in the history of EBCoM. It took place at Blantyre Baptist Church on Friday 5th July. The organizing group chose the venue for two reasons. The first is that it would accommodate a much larger congregation than the college itself or the adjacent Africa Evangelical Church building. The second reason was that Blantyre Baptist church is in a more accessible central location, particularly for those travelling on public transport. This was evident on the day; the church hall was filled to capacity.


Allan and Martha McSesio

Steven and Joyce John

The speaker was Reverend Vincent Chirwa of Blantyre Baptist Church. He read from Colossians 4:17 and preached on the theme of 'leadership', pointing out that leaders are there because there are followers. One cannot be a leader without followers. The followers should also learn to be faithful and learn from their leaders. He also pointed out that the graduating students should not aspire for positions in the church before they are well prepared. They must learn to be followers first and positions will find them automatically”.


Lonneck Kamuonjola

James and Maureen Mulirenji Logah

 

The Future

We have been delighted that zm's former missionaries Abraham and Ruth Folayan were able to return to Malawi to help with the teaching programme at the bookset conferences zm held this summer. Abraham and Ruth are fondly remembered in Malawi and their ministry is always greatly appreciated. They were very pleased to attend EBCoM's graduation. They said: “We were able to join in the EBCoM graduation service. We met many of our former students who are now pastoring various churches and others involved in other Christian ministries. We were very glad to be there and our hearts full of praise to God and gratitude to you for the many years of faithful prayers and support - and to be reassured that your labour in the Lord is not in vain”. It is a timely reminder that for most of the graduating students a new and often challenging phase of ministry is just beginning. And for EBCoM the work goes on; zm's partnership in the gospel with the men and women who study at the college is also ongoing as they serve God faithfully and with perseverance in the months and years to come.

 

We so very grateful to God for all whose support has made it possible for these students to receive sound Bible training.

 

We are praying for those who will enable zm to sponsor more students in the future. Please get in touch if you would like to know more about how you can help.

 

Please pray ~ for all those starting, or returning to, pastorates

~ for the new intake and those resuming their college courses in October

 

 

 

 

 
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