Saturday, April 7, 2012

South Pacific Nazarene Theological College

David is teaching his last class for his Old Testament Survey course tonight.  He has had 8 students attending.  On Saturday last week, he had the students meet at our house for several hours so that they would not have to meet on Good Friday.  During that time, he took them all to the Scripture Union bookshop and library in downtown Port Vila.  It was the first time that any of these students had visited the library.  SPNTC sponsored 80% of the $10 annual membership fee for each student, and each student was thrilled to have the privilege to check out a book for the first time!  We appreciate the blessing that this library is to the pastors and church leaders in Port Vila.  Some day, SPNTC will have its own classroom and library, but until then, we are thankful for the efforts of the Scripture Union missionaries and their ministry team.

Each of the 3 classes that have been taught since the end of January has been well attended and has seen a great response from the students.  Sylvia taught Old Testament Survey from the end of January into February.  On the last day of class, the students begged for more!

Pastor Peter taught Homiletics (Preaching) from the end of February till March 9th.  David and Sylvia got to hear the students preach their first sermons!  It was obvious that Pastor Peter did a good job of teaching.  Each of these students will have more opportunities to continue to develop their sermon preparation and delivery in their individual churches.

Rev. Dave Kerr has been recently elected to be the first chancellor for SPNTC.  He and his wife, Rosie, and their two daughters served for the last two years as missionaries at Melanesia Nazarene Bible College in Papua New Guinea.  They will be moving to Fiji in the next month.  Please keep them in your prayers as they make this big transition.  There are some big changes in store for SPNTC.  We look forward to sharing about the new look of SPNTC as it develops!

Please continue to pray for teachers and students in the upcoming classes.  Our desire is that these courses provide opportunities for spiritual formation for both the students and the teachers.

Remaining courses for 2012:

Wesleyan Holiness History, May 7-18 (Jenny)

Biblical Theology I, July 2-13 (David)
History and Polity of the Church of the Nazarene, Aug. 6-17 (Peter)
Church History I, Sept. 24 - Oct. 5 (Sylvia)
Doctrine of Holiness, Nov. 19-30 (David)

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