Eight dedicated learners from a nation in southern Africa celebrated graduation this summer with joyful worship. They’d completed a course of training through More than a Mile Deep (MMD), Entrust’s ministry partner in the southern part of Africa. MMD’s training in this country is accredited by South African Theological Seminary and is both highly academic and deeply practical. God is using MMD to transform lives, churches and communities. Congratulations, graduates! Know that your brothers and sisters around the world are praying for you as you carry on your ministries for God’s glory.
Seven students recently completed Entrust’s foundational discipleship training in Duhok, Kurdistan. Layth and Ilham Ibrahim facilitated their learning. Fuad Nowroz traveled from Erbil to Duhok to take part in the graduation ceremony. The goal of the training, Fuad explained, is to be sure each one “has deep roots and good fruit.”
The word we use to describe the completion of a course of study literally means “beginning.” As Entrust’s Dwight Ekholm recently told the graduates of our Bible Institute in the Middle East, this is not the end of their biblical and theological education; it is the commencement of a new chapter in their lives of ministry and continued learning. For those 12 graduates, and the graduate in your world, the classic Carpenters’ song rings true: “We’ve only just begun!”
Combine ABC with NBI, SATS and U of P. What does it spell? Graduation.
Arthur Alard is from South Africa. His wife, Olga, is from Russia. They met at Dallas Theological Seminary in Texas. As full-time Entrust staff members, Arthur and Olga serve at Alathea Bible College (ABC) in Siyabuswa, South Africa. Founded by Hope for Africa Mission, ABC offers accredited certificate programs through partnerships with the Nehemiah Bible Institute (NBI) and the University of Pretoria, and provides BTh degrees in partnership with South African Theological Seminary (SATS).
A graduation ceremony was held July 11 on the ABC campus, where ABC students from at least four African nations who have completed SATS and NBI courses received their degrees.
It is a celebration of partnership, something at the very core of Entrust’s DNA.