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November 2021

Dear Friends,

As we reach the end of 2021, we celebrate that our students can sit the final exams to complete their studies and leave GWC to begin the ministry for which they came to be equipped, or continue their learning journey and progress to further studies. 2022 has a good number of students coming to study and we are thankful to God for raising up new servants for His kingdom work. I hope you enjoy reading the following news from students and faculty concerning their studies and research in 2021, and the new developments taking place with the Explore programme.

Thank you for your prayers and support, please continue to partner with us, as together we strive to increase Africa’s share in the Kingdom of God.

The Rev Dr. Mark Dickson

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GWC Newsletter November 2021

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The God of the Bible

The God of the Bible

A lot of news today is fake news. So, if you see a news report online or on a news channel, you always have to ask yourself: Is it real, is it made up, is it true? A lot of what we think is true about the world we live in is not based on our personal experience. A great deal of our knowledge is not something we ourselves picked up first hand. Instead, the bulk of it has come to us from what our parents told us, or from our friends, or from our teachers at school or university, or from social media and from Netflix series, or from our friends, or from…

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Heading for ministry in Ireland but God had other plans

Heading for ministry in Ireland but God had other plans

On their way to minister in Ireland, alumnus, Ivan de Lima Goncalves and his wife, Adina, and their daughter were grounded indefinitely, due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, while visiting family in Adina’s home town of Moreni in Romania. As a result, they have settled in Moreni and are ministering in the local church and their community. Here is an extract from Ivan’s August 2021 newsletter. “We are thankful to be here in Romania. We are serving in a village church in Bratasanca, a village 20 minutes away from Moreni…

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Alumnus in Africa

Alumnus in Africa

A doctoral student under the auspices of GWC’s Evangelical Research Fellowship, Tekalign Negewo, returned to his home country of Ethiopia in September 2021 having submitted his doctoral thesis in New Testament studies for examination. Tekalign wrote to us in thanks and brought us up- to-date with his current ministry work. “Greetings from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I am writing this email to acknowledge the enormous support I received from George Whitefield College through the Evangelical Research Fellowship to undertake…

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Faculty Updates

Faculty Updates

Since retiring, faculty member, Ross Anderson, has registered at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) to do a PhD in missiology (church and society). His preproposal was accepted at the end of last year and he subsequently completed and submitted his Research Proposal in September 2021. This has been accepted by the University Committee for Higher Degrees and he will begin to write up his thesis, which he aims to complete by November 2024. His PhD title is The attack on St James Church: Assumptions on church-and- society in responses…

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1 & 2 Kings comes alive for Bible academics and the church

1 & 2 Kings comes alive for Bible academics and the church

GWC faculty member, Dr Nathan Lovell, is Director of Postgraduate Studies and senior lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew at the college. In 2019, Nathan was awarded a doctorate based on his thesis entitled, “The Book of Kings and Exilic Identity: 1 and 2 Kings as a Work of Political Historiography”, in which he proposes that 1 and 2 Kings might be read as a work of written history, produced with the explicit purpose of shaping the communal identity of its first readers in the Babylonian exile. In 2021, Nathan published a book, “The Book of…

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My COVID Journey

My COVID Journey

In June 2021, GWC’s Accountant and Bursar, Allan Anderton, was diagnosed with COVID Pneumonia and admitted to hospital. Despite receiving supplementary oxygen, his blood oxygen count dropped to a dangerous level, leading to him being placed on a ventilator in Intensive Care. Still not getting sufficient oxygen, in the following week Allan was given a tracheostomy, which he believes saved his life. Allan says, “I was in ICU for about three weeks and then was moved to a recovery ward in the hospital for a further two weeks.Slowly but surely…

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Explore travels to Uganda & Kenya

Explore travels to Uganda & Kenya

Explore Manager, Nevil Carrington, spent 10 days in Uganda and Kenya in October 2021. Firstly, to train delegates from the Faith Harvest Churches of Fresh Hope denomination in Tororo, Eastern Uganda and, secondly, to work toward finalising a Memorandum of Understanding between Explore and African Enterprise (AE) in the Southern region of Kenya. Nevil was joined in Tororo by GWC alumnus, Rev. Grace Kavuma, who spearheads Explore in Uganda, along with 15 delegates from Faith Harvest Churches of Fresh Hope, who were…

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A Special Letter from the Principal

A Special Letter from the Principal

Dear Friends,

As the college has grown and developed, and as our programmes have increased in number, it has become increasingly difficult to find new donors each year to maintain the required funding. GWC is dependent on donations to meet 80 percent of its operational costs.

The GWC Board has created an Endowment for GWC called the “Ark Endowment Fund” to lessen this risk. This will reduce GWC’s current dependency on annual donations from 80 percent to half of that. This means that I would need to raise only 40 percent of the annual…

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