Bible College Challenge

4:34 PM Harts for Africa 0 Comments

This year we have been having trouble with one of our bible college training centres. Although 48 people registered from the 30+ churches in the area, we have been getting around 7 people on average to each lesson. On Monday instead of training we spent time discussing the problem with the students. What we spoke about highlights a major problem with the African church.

The people that have been showing up to our training have moved into the region from other areas of Mozambique and Zimbabwe. One of these students was a past student to our training and had invited us to hold bible training in this new district. The local people don't trust these people enough to sit with them in bible college to learn the bible. They have their church doctrines and they don't want to change even though the leaders have never had bible training before. These people use traditional black magic to invite spirits into their churches to manifest miracles in-turn giving the leaders influence. These leaders don't want to risk losing their "power" by studying the bible as it will upset the controlling spirits. As you can imagine there is division in these communities which creates further problems.

Our answer is to postpone bible college until next year. For the remainder of this year Kim and I will visit churches on their meeting day to give a simple evangelism message in the hope to gain trust and get some church members refocused onto Jesus. Once we have a sprinkling of people from each of the 30 churches we will start to have story telling meetings in the market place until we have provoked interest in bible study. Then we will reintroduce our bible college.
In the other regions bible college is going well and we will continue them as they are.