The Mukhnayo distance groups and study programmes are not just about training in theology, but also the building of relationships and the encouragement of our students and tutors. The newly appointed Distance Learning Centre Coordinator, Ms Tunize Bezuidenhout, set off to KwaZulu Natal in October to visit five distance groups.
The Compass Bible College hosted a fundraising gala dinner at the Umhlanga Rocks Baptist Church to promote their programmes, including the Mukhanyo Diploma in Theology, which they will be facilitating from 2017 as a Mukhanyo distance site. Mukhanyo also had the opportunity to give a presentation to the attendees.
The Pinetown Distance Group hosted an open day on Saturday 15 October. The purpose of the day was to introduce Mukhanyo Theological College, as well as the students to congregation members, and to encourage the families of the students by sharing what they are studying. This is an annual event, with this year’s theme of, “to prepare yourself and the importance of preparation in one’s life.” Each student had the opportunity to share what they had learned and appreciated from a particular module. This engagement with the audience was to give the students some practical experience in public speaking. It was a blessed day with many students testifying of spiritual growth through their studies. Well done to our Pinetown group!
Mukhanyo visited the Port Shepstone Distance Group to connect with the students before they wrote their exam on Church Administration that evening. There was a short time for questions, comments and feedback. There were many questions about the BTh that will be presented through distance mode in the future. The students and tutors are encouraged about what they are learning. We praise the Lord for this group!
The visit to the Hibberdene Distance Group was most encouraging. I was struck by the unity of this group and the purpose they feel in studying God's Word and doing His work. One student said that the distance programme was an answer to prayer. Another student commented that as Mukhanyo means LIGHT, the material has been as a light to them. They now know how to live and apply the Bible in this world. They appreciated a visit and personal connection from Mukhanyo!
The final visit was to the seven students at the Skogheim Christian Conference Centre in Port Shepstone. What a blessing to see the commitment from these students. One student travels two hours to get to this group after work and is so happy to be with them, even though there is a group one hour closer to her.
We thank the Lord for the opportunity to extend Bible training to reach people beyond our campuses through distance mode.