Saturday, 7 May, was a joyous occasion, not so much because the annual general meeting went well, or because God once again blessed the Mukhanyo ministries with healthy advances in a number of areas, but also because the new extensions to the building could be inaugurated.
Part of the new structures replaces the old wooden huts which have been serving as lecture rooms for many years. The new wing consists of a number of modern lecture rooms, offices, a large library, a recording studio, as well as a beautiful inner square with an artificial lawn.
In addition, the old building’s offices, study room, kitchen and some other facilities were renovated, giving the whole complex an exciting feel to students that are now able to study in ideal conditions.
The building project that started in September 2015, should be completed by the middle of May. Students and staff are looking forward to the full use of the facilities.
During the meeting, the principal, Dr Brian deVries, reported on recent ministry activities, plans for the future and developments at the different campuses and study centres, as well as the growth in distance education.
Professor Koos van Rooy, our honoured guest speaker, was asked to deliver a sermon of thanksgiving for the building dedication ceremony. He preached from Isaiah 6, giving the audience an in-depth biblical exposition of the task awaiting Mukhanyo and its new facilities. He contrasted the differences between preachers choosing themselves for the ministry, against those called by God to ministry. We were reminded of the great responsibility placed in the hands of Mukhanyo to serve our students by teaching Biblical truth and godly, humble conduct.
We look forward to an exciting year, if the Lord wills, with more growth in both the Theological and Education programmes. May the Lord continue to guide and bless the college. We give glory to God for establishing Mukhanyo to train and equip pastors and Christian teachers and for His provision in making the building project possible.
An institution’s logo says a lot about the institution. It often acts as the visible manifestation of who the institution is and where it is going. Over the last couple of months Mukhanyo has worked with graphic designers and the Mukhanyo staff to develop a logo that would clearly showcase who Mukhanyo is and where it is going.
From the starting point it was important portray the rich Ndebele-origin of Mukhanyo, but also to incorporate the current broader vision of sharing the Light with Africa. This was kept in mind while choosing the different colours for the logo. The green, yellow and blue showcases the Ndebele-origin; while the red, white and grey (in combination with the other colours) symbolises the breaking/sharing of light. May the words of Ps 36:9 “For with Thee is the fountain of life; in Thy light we see light (NASB)” clearly be proclaimed through the use of the logo and in all that Mukhanyo does for the years to come.
Together with the launch of the new logo Mukhanyo also launched a brand new website. Please visit the website at www.mukhanyo.ac.za to experience the new look and feel of the corporate image and to make use of the new features.
Annemieke Pouwels and Benjamin Zulu both joined the Mukhanyo family in March and we look forward to working with them.
We are thankful that the Lord has called both these people to come and serve at Mukhanyo and we pray that He will guide and equip them in the years to come for their specific callings.
Faculty, supportive staff and some students gathered toghether on 11 January to start the year with the official opening ceremony at the KwaMhlanga campus.
We were blessed by our guest speaker, Dr Gary Williams from the John Owen Theological Centre in London, who delivered two addresses. His topics were, “Christ the King of the Church” and “Christ, King of the World for the Church”.
Orientation for the new students took place from the Tuesday to Thursday at both the KwaMhlanga and Johannesburg campuses. This is always an exciting time, since much prayer has gone into asking the Lord to send people of His choice to be trained for Christian ministry. We give thanks to the Lord for answered prayer.
Each day started with a message from the Bible and continued with introducing the groups to various aspects of the College and of student life. The purpose of orientation week is to make our students feel at home, know what to expect and have the tools to make a success of their studies.
Each student had to undergo an entrance examination and an interview to determine their Spiritual status and calling to the ministry. We heartily welcome our 18 new students at the KwaMhlanga campus and 10 new students at the Johannesburg campus.
Please pray that these students will be successful in their studies and become effective workers in Christ’s Kingdom.
Mukhanyo staff and students gather together every Tuesday and Thursday morning for corporate worship and to study God’s Word. Dr Brian deVries led the first chapel service of the year with a message from Philippians 2:1-18.
His message was centered on the instruction to “Shine as Lights” in this dark and crooked world, not only as members of the Mukhanyo family, but more so as belonging to the household of God. We were reminded of our responsibility as light bearers to reflect our Light source, which is Christ, through godly conduct and witness.
Several questions were discussed and answered that included how we are to shine the truth and knowledge of God and how to keep shining by holding fast to the Word of life.
The students were encouraged to prepare themselves to apply the truth, communicate the truth and live the truth by using their most important textbook, the Bible.
As a standing tradition at Mukhanyo, all the members of the teaching faculty signed our statement of faith at the end of the first chapel service of the year. This public declaration reaffirms that they will uphold God’s Word as foundational for all their teaching and mentoring.
By God’s grace and by the work of the Holy Spirit in us and through us, we at Mukhanyo are committed to persist in our duty to shine the light of Christ through biblical teaching, being a faithful witness in the community and having a mind of unity among staff and students.