“Do your best [study (KJV)] to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15
My studies at George Whitefield College have finally gotten to a raging start. I have been eagerly waiting for this since I got my acceptance letter in October 2016.
Classmates from around the world
The first two days of registration and orientation were very exciting and inspiring. As I met and got to know my classmates and the 2nd years, I was astounded and blessed to find that there are many different countries represented by the students here. In my class alone, I have classmates from Malawi, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, and Ecuador. Among the 2nd and 3rd year students there are also some students from Zambia, Ireland, and Zimbabwe. It has been an absolute pleasure to meet and fellowship with these dear brothers and sisters – I look forward to the next three years we will be spending together in our studies.
Greek Language School
The first eight days of college lectures were super intense and invigorating as we started what is called “Summer School” at GWC. This was a focused time of concentrated Greek lectures getting us ready for the official start of our normal study program.
Learning an Intricate Language
We learnt the Greek alphabet, close to 240 Greek vocabulary words, a whole bunch of paradigms, and a ton of grammatical rules! We had stacks of homework to do which kept me awake up to 02:00 most nights. I found the academic pressure to be challenging, but exhilarating! I am amazed at how much we were able to learn over this short period of time. We wrote a test on Friday which counts for 20% of our Greek semester mark. I felt pretty good about this test and trust I will receive a good mark.
An Inspirational Teacher
Our Greek lecturer, Stephen Rockwell, is from Australia and is a very talented, understanding, and enthusiastic teacher. He has patiently, yet persistently, helped us to understand the complexities of this intricate and detailed language; he has made it fun and captivating to learn Greek. It is tremendously inspiring to begin the journey of learning the language in which the Holy Spirit had chosen to reveal the New Testament. I am excited to learn more, so that I can understand the Bible better and in so doing know our great God better and what is required from us.
Throughout these eight days of Summer School, we were blessed to start the day with deeply insightful devotions from Phumezo Musango, Geoff Gertzen, Shane, and Frank Retief. Strangely enough, these very encouraging Devotions were all centred around the topic of suffering and God’s plan through it all. Strange, not because of the suffering we as students were facing due to the difficulties of learning an ancient language under immense pressure, but rather because a very dear friend of ours had just been admitted into hospital with stage 4 melanoma brain cancer. This has been a very difficult time for us as we have had to see our young friend, in the prime of her life, suddenly faced with the reality of immanently passing into eternity and her beloved family falteringly grappling with this nasty surprise.
Pray for Kathleen
Please pray for Kathleen Joubert (van der Westhuizen) who is currently undergoing radiation to give her a better quality of life for her last days here on this earth. Pray for a miracle, but also pray for her family who are struggling to come to terms with this devastating reality of the fragile mortality of their beloved mother, sister, daughter, wife, and soul-mate. Pray that God will hold them securely in the palm of His hand.
Grateful Financial Assistance
On a happier note, I have been supremely blessed that our church has offered to pay for my tuition fees this year and also to have been awarded a bursary from the GWC Trust to assist with our living expenses whilst I am at college for this year.
This financial assistance is most valued and appreciated by Renée and I. Without this financial assistance we would struggle to meet our financial demands that are increased by my full-time studies. We celebrated with great joy and praise to God when we were informed of the financial assistance made available to us by the GWC Trust and Tokai Community Church.
May God’s purposes be fulfilled in our lives as we seek to know Him better and to make Him known to others.
Thank you for your love and support.
In His hands,