From Every Nation and Tongue
“Behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages…” (Rev. 7:9). We were reminded of these words on Tuesday 14 February when a group of ten Christians from South Korea came to visit the KwaMhlanga campus.
Mukhanyo is blessed again this year with a roster of highly qualified visiting professors. We also welcome several more lecturers, both full-time and part-time, to the Mukhanyo team.
Many Reasons for Thanksgiving
Mukhanyo is grateful for the many new student registrations at the start of the 2023 academic year. In a time like the present with increasing poverty, prospective students and their sponsors find it difficult to study at a private, unsubsidised college such as Mukhanyo, compared to students registering at public tertiary institutions where they are heavily assisted with state funding.
After four years of weekly studies, thirty isiZulu-speaking students completed the Zulu-language version of the Focus programme and had their own graduation ceremony at KwaMhlanga on Thursday, 15 September.
The Focus programme is not formally accredited, but is a practical and very accessible training course to equip Christians to play an influential role in their churches.
In four years, the number of Mukhanyo’s Distance Learning Support Centres has doubled to 101. This year, four centres started in Kenya and seven in South Africa. Even faster growth is expected with the recent appointment of five regional distance coordinators.
The Kenyan centres in Bumala, Bumamu, Busia and Kisumu were established by Rev. Eric Mutumbi, in partnership with the North American funders Word & Deed. All of them are using Mukhanyo’s Focus programme. The facilitators/tutors are pastors who have recently been trained, enabling them to manage and lead the groups.
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Two New Directors and Two Reappointments
Mukhanyo’s Board of Directors was expanded at the Annual General Meeting of Member Churches (AGM) on 14 May 2022. Two new board members were approved – Mr Riaan Bartlett and Mr Neels Kloppers. In addition, two existing directors were reappointed – Pastor Joshua Bolaji and Prof Patrick Palmer.
Annual Report 2021
Steady Growth in Difficult Times
For more than 28 years, the Lord has blessed and guided Mukhanyo Theological College! Therefore Mukhanyo’s 2021 annual report (just released) starts by thanking the Lord for enabling the College to continue mentoring church leaders and other Christians for faithful ministry in southern Africa and enabling a continuation and even an acceleration of its growth trajectory.
New Durban Centre
Acquired… Despite Disasters
We are almost there. The purchase of a much better facility for the Durban Advanced Learning Centre is being finalised, despite two regional disasters in the past year. But the move to the heart of Pinetown will still take a few months to finalise due to various formalities, including the normal delays by local authorities.
On Saturday, 12 March 2022, Mukhanyo held its annual graduation ceremony, attended by over sixty students and their guests.
Rev. Shadrack Khumalo gave the formal address, preaching from 1 Corinthians 4:1-5. He emphasised two key phrases: “servants of Christ” and “stewards of the mysteries of God”, reminding us that pastors and other church leaders are servants of God, not captains of a ship or employees of the church. Jesus Christ has called them as He called the apostles, and He will judge them. Yet important and exciting times await them.