JENNY’S NEWS SEPTEMBER 2016
It is nearly 26 years since I started working at Africa School of Missions. A life time! I can truly say that I have grown so much and learned so much since coming here. For most, their season at ASM is much shorter, but God has called me to serve him here for the long haul. I still count it a privilege and joy to be part of all that God has done, is doing, and will still do at and through ASM!
ASM MISSIONS AND MINSISTRY TRAINING
ASM has almost completed the accreditation process with the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA) to offer a level 4 certificate course in Theology and Ministry to local pastors next year. There is such a need for training of leaders in the African indigenous churches, especially to correct the problem of syncretism (mixing cultural practices with the gospel). We are still working on a level 5 program that will allow the pastors to further their studies after level 4 should they so desire. We are also hoping that those who excel in the level 4 course will be able to feed into the BTh program for North West University (NWU). We have recently signed a new agreement with NWU to continue being an Open Distance Learning Centre for their BTh and Honours BA in Theology degrees and have enrolled 7 students for 2017. From next year ASM will also be offering the accredited missions course, Perspectives at ASM.
After some very challenging years God is helping us to re-establish ASM in the area of Christian training and education. We truly believe ASM still has a vital role to play in preparing men and women for ministry and really need friends to continue partnering with us in this critical time of re-establishing ourselves.
Things continue to go well in the clinics. With Val permanently back in Australia Yvonne and I have managed the clinic work with the faithful help of our 2 full-time auxiliary nurses, and the part-time help of Cathy Middleton and Jacqui Smith. Gundula Koetnig who recently joined our team was on furlough in Europe for the past few months. After many years of working at it, the clinic is finally on the brink of establishing a public-private partnership with the Mpumalanga Department of Health (MDOH). This partnership will enable us to expand our work on the Kiepersol farms. We are also hoping that this will include the farms in Peebles Valley.
You will remember that in the last newsletter I mentioned that after 25 years the ASM Nursing School had to close down. When ASM gets accreditation with the HWSETA, Yvonne and I will explore the possibility of us offering HWSETA accredited community health courses. This will ensure that the excellent facilities and resources of the Nursing School will still be put to good use.
Please pray with all at ASM for the following:
• That the accreditation process with HWSETA will be completed in October
• That the Memorandum of Understanding with the MDOH will be finalised
• That the Lord will send qualified missions staff to fill the following positions:-
Accountant / Bookkeeper
Caterer and Hospitality Manager
Registered Nurse for the clinic
Faculty Member / Bible School Teacher
Many blessings in Christ,