This is an update from Dan Muwanguzi on the Church based Training in Biblical Studies course Dan taught in Uganda in 2014.
The Graduation for both schools did take place on the 16th November. We joined the occasion and we were all at the “God’s Centre of Blessings Church” at Bweyogere. It was part of the Church service and
the Graduation was the theme of that whole service which had more than 300 people who attended. And after the service, the Church leadership had organised for the graduates, teachers and all invited guests a very good Ugandan meal that we ate together.
We graduated thirty-four students in total and this graduation has been the largest in number since we started running such courses or and even ever since i started getting involved in the SBS/C-TBS in 1992. One of the reasons being that this time, we were able to run two schools concurrently.
The students have lots of encouraging testimonies to give. And other than the ones we heard on their graduation, I have every now and then received very many encouraging testimonies from the individual
students regarding this course.
A few days ago, I did meet with Pastor Steven Mugwanya at “Gods Center of Blessings” where most students were from and he also gave me very positive and encouraging feedback about how the students were performing in ministry in relation to before the Bible teaching. Pastor Steven has given each of the students a chance to teach in the Church . I have been receiving calls from other churches where these students (Graduates) are ministering and they are all encouraging.
“SELF DISCOVERY” The inductive approach includes or involves a lot of self discovery. And we have a saying in this course: “One student – you, one book – the Bible, and one teacher – The Holly Spirit”. This makes this course unique more especially in the African setting where we are not a reading culture. This is also a course which does not end at the graduation but if you want, the graduation makes the real start. What I mean is that at the end of the course, the students are now able to continue their studies and research using the same approach.
Next year, we will again be running two classes, one at the same location as this year and the second one at Mukono Deliverance Church. We will be running the Old Testament class at Bweyogerere God’s Center of Blessings Church and the New Testament at Mukono Deliverance Church.
And though it looks a bit far but we will appreciate prayers from all our friends during the preparations for both schools. We put the dates to the first weekend of March as that is when most parents have taken back their children to school and can now settle for such studies.