Principal Matters

Dear Friends,

Since the last newsletter a number of important events have occurred.

In June, I attended GAFCON in Jerusalem. The conference itself revealed a significant deepening of a commitment to God’s Word as the ultimate authority for belief and practice of our faith. A declaration was drawn up, which gives renewed expression to this and was assented to by the almost 2000 Anglicans that were present. It was a great opportunity for us as a College to network and make new friends as well as reconnecting with old ones. Peter Jensen, who is one of the founders of GAFCON, stepped down as General Secretary after serving in this position since its inception ten years ago. The auditorium erupted in a standing ovation for several minutes and bore witness to our gratitude to God for Peter’s statesmanship and dedication. Archbishop Ben Kwashi has been appointed as the new GAFCON General Secretary.

In August, we celebrated the initial completion of our new student residence and had a thanksgiving service attended by David Seccombe who reminded us of God’s goodness and provision throughout this project from beginning to end. This new building will be home to forty-five  students and has a beautiful dining room on the top floor overlooking Muizenberg.

In late August, a small team from GWC travelled to Johannesburg to make a presentation at Synod. This was a valued time of connecting with past students of GWC who are now preaching and teaching in REACH-SA as well as an opportunity to share recent developments at the College. We also had the opportunity to visit Johannesburg Bible College, a partner of our Theological Development Africa programme, and see their existing campus as well as their new building, recently opened in Soweto.

In recent months I have thought often of Paul’s words to Timothy “and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” (2 Tim 2:2, ESV).

Please continue to pray that God will enable us to continue to train our students to teach others faithfully about Jesus.

– Dr Mark Dickson