Monday, July 30, 2012

SPNTC Vanuatu - Teaching for Transformation

David teaching Theology 1

South Pacific Nazarene Theological College in Vanuatu has offered five classes so far this year.  Each class has been well attended with many new students enrolling this year.  We are so glad to be able to rent a beautiful, new classroom from Joy Bible Institute for our classes.  Pastor Jenny taught Wesleyan Holiness History in May/June.  David taught Theology 1 in July.  Pastor Peter will teach History and Polity of the Church of the Nazarene in August.  Each teacher prepares his or her own curriculum.  Because many of our students do not know English well, the materials must be translated into Bislama.  One change that has been made this year is that the classes are being taught for three weeks now rather than two. We have been trying to print and bind some "textbooks" for the students to use. We've gotten lots of positive comments from them and have heard that they have used their books to teach their children what they've learned and also used it to share with others in their churches.   It is exciting to see the students grow in their Christian lives as they participate in the classes!

Rev. Dave Kerr and the SPNTC Vanuatu faculty
Within the last two months, SPNTC got a new chancellor, Rev. Dave Kerr, who was serving for the last two years at Melanesia Nazarene Bible College.  He and his wife, Dr. Rosie, and their two daughters, Grace and Anna, are making the transition to a new culture and language in Fiji.  Dave came for a visit to Vanuatu while David was teaching this month.  He has lots of great ideas and is helping the college to take some giant steps forward.  He sat in on David’s classes and the two worked together on figuring out how SPNTC could operate more effectively across the five nations of Samoa, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Guam, and Vanuatu.

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