On March 2nd, graduates, alumni, board members, faculty, staff and friends of the college gathered at Bethany Emmanuel Church in King William’s Town, South Africa for the Dumisani Theological Institute and Bible School graduation, 40th anniversary celebrations and installation of the new principal and vice principal.
The warm, sunny day was reflective of the spirit of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord for His mercy and faithfulness over the four decades of Dumisani’s ministry in the Eastern Cape. The singing, reading of scripture, and prayers were all offered with a sense of gratitude and amazement at what the Lord has done.
Rev. David Meredith, Mission Director for the Free Church of Scotland, spoke from Joshua 1 under the theme “New Beginnings, The Same God” and applied the principles of the transition of leadership from Moses to Joshua to the transition that is taking place at Dumisani as Saturday the leadership passed from Acting Principal Dr Jack Whytock to Principal Wilbert Chipenyu and Vice Principal Patrick Diniso.
[L-R: Patrick Diniso, Wilbert Chipenyu, Jack Whytock and Toyo Mnqaba]
The 24 graduates this year represent several different denominations and callings. Some are entering pastoral ministry, some are involved in women’s ministry, others are Sunday school teachers and evangelists.
At the end of the service, board member Toyo Mnqaba presented the college 40th anniversary book, Voices of Thanksgiving. He encouraged all in attendance to read this book and also to review the 100 plus photos contained in it in order to gain a better understanding of the Lord’s mercy to the Eastern Cape through Dumisani over the past 40 years.
Following the service, there was a reception and cake cutting held in the church hall. This joyful day will long be remembered by all in attendance. We give thanks to all who sent messages of greetings and encouragement from far and near. To God be the glory.
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