CCZT Newsletter – February 2019
Dear Prayer Partners and Supporters,
We entered the New Year on a busy note but are glad to give you our first update on our different ministries.
In December, during the college holiday, we hosted another session of the MINTS program with graduate students. This time we were privileged to receive Dr. Julian Zugg, the Dean of Students for the English MINTS program, as the lecturer. He taught on the Synoptic Gospels.
The college officially opened on the 12th of February 2019 with 17 returning Diploma students.
We have not enrolled new students for the Certificate and Diploma programs this year. Instead the college will dedicate this year to embark on rehabilitation works of the entire structures on campus. The current infrastructure would not have accommodated the increase in numbers of students due to dilapidation. During the holidays, there were damages made to the classroom block when a tree fell on the roof due to heavy rains. However, we successfully repaired in time for the opening of the semester. We thank the Lord for the timely donation of funds.
We once again received our missionary friends, Timothy and Zara Woo, whom you may have read about in our previous newsletters. This time around they came to upgrade the library and Mwape, the Principal’s son, was on hand to assist with the new software provided for the Library. The Woos were accompanied by Pastor and Mrs. Murekezi from Chongwe, a town before Lusaka our capital city. The Murekezis last year had invited Marjanne to their church o conduct a training program under CEM.
With the coming of the rains, our bush is gradually turning nice and green again. We are thankful for the rains. On the Farm side, we see the effect in our fields. Meanwhile, in our rehabilitated greenhouses, the tomatoes are growing nicely as well (pictures below).
In the second week of January, the schools opened their doors again to receive back the children for lessons. Unfortunately, the rain season brings with it difficulties of flooding and impassable roads including collapsing bridges. As a result, CEM program is affected as some of the schools tend to close for the period and some children stay home. Meanwhile, our sister Marjanne is in The Netherlands for her furlough. This is a busy time for her too as we hear of her giving presentations and having meetings to keep a number of our prayers supporters updated and our ministries broadcasted abroad. It is a privilege for her to have the rare opportunity to share stories from the mission field also with children and youth groups (Pictures below). We pray the Lord will use this to raise a new mission minded generation.
Finally, we thank you, our readers, for being part of our mission work as well. What could we do without people praying for us? Please continue to ask the Lord for His guidance and provision in all that we do for His Kingdom.
- Good news: the Ford which had broken down has been repaired and back on the road!
- We now have a new Internet provider, Hai Telecommunications, and so far the services seem better than before.
- We have Dr. David Galletta from USA currently lecturing to our students for the next 3 weeks.
Pastor Emmanuel Sakala