Within South Africa, there is a great majority who claim to be Christian, but very few understand what this means. Therefore, in the past few years, Mukhanyo has intensified its campaign to help more people learn what it means to be a Christian and understand more about the Bible.
Mukhanyo has spread its wings by opening several new campuses and full-time study centres, now five in total, as well as over a hundred Distance Learning Support Centres. With more than 1 000 students at present, Mukhanyo now has the capacity through its facilities and programmes to accommodate far more students in locations across Southern Africa.
Telling the Mukhanyo story has become an important activity, and it is now being approached more professionally. This includes the use of WhatsApp, Facebook adverts, monthly articles in the widely-circulated Joy Magazine and other publications, public outreach by spreading flyers, as well as broadcasts on Christian radio. Additionally, in the next few months, the Mukhanyo team will visit schools, churches and pastors' fraternals in and around KwaMhlanga to share about the work of Mukhanyo in its several regions.
As far as new programmes are concerned, the new Focus course has been introduced successfully. Though not accredited, it is accessible to anyone without any entry conditions. It is especially aimed at members of churches and church leaders who still know very little about the Bible.
Mukhanyo’s Higher Certificates (accredited diploma-level qualifications) now also include modules on Christian teaching as an option. This enables students to prepare for entering a Bachelor of Education degree to become qualified school teachers, while also gaining more Bible knowledge and Christian values.
All this is over and above Mukhanyo’s ongoing efforts to improve quality in all aspects of the organisation, including the production of quality content (recorded lectures and professional study guides), technology and systems upgrades, library/media services, student registration and support services, and much more.
It is a matter of much prayer and hard work, and by God’s grace, it seems to be paying off. Spreading wings for gospel witness in these ways are slowly bearing fruit. The number of students has been growing by about 15% annually, which is something to be thankful for, especially in the present difficult times. May our faithful Father continue to bless all these activities for His glory!