EVERYTHING CAME IN THE RIGHT TIME...
Over 120 men and women from the Lords church in East Africa and beyond came to attend this year’s Tanzania Leadership Conference. The theme of this year’s conference was “Jesus’ 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.” We were blessed with good teachers from the U.S. People who love to teach the word of God traveled from very far to come and share with us these important principles of leadership. There is no reason we could not call this conference an international conference because we had one brother from Cambodia. It is my hope and prayer that these lessons will be helpful to the brothers and to the congregations they serve. Most congregations in East Africa lack good and effective leaders, and so through this conference many good things will be accomplished in the near future.
ACSOP Alumni Meeting
It was really a fun time when the graduates of the Andrew Connally School of Preaching came together for a meal and to share some cake. Many were able to come this time and learn these leadership laws. People who never met each other were even able to exchange their best sermon of the year during that meeting. Brother Daniel (Director of ACSOP) and Mike Hite (Vice President of BVBI) were asked to speak to the ALUMNI and encourage them to continue the good work they do for the Kingdom. Regardless of many challenges, we understand that many good things have been achieved over the past few years since they have graduated, and the kingdom has expanded greatly here in East Africa.
Two of our graduate students, Idi Nyabusani (Evagist from Dar es Salam) and Charles Ogutu (Director of the Kenya School of Preaching) were given a chance to also speak with the current students. A group of 28 students, both from first year and second year, were present in this meeting. With many words of encouragement, the graduates were able to remind the students about their biggest responsibility of reaching out to many with the gospel of Christ. Their effort to work for the Lord and help these congregations to grow will both give God the glory and promote the school.
I really need to give my special thanks to brother Cy Stafford (the founder of this conference), Daniel Gaines, Ahimidiwe Kimaro, Michale Mitalami, Charles Heberth, and all of the ACSOP staff who made this conference possible and successful this year. May the Lord God bless you as you continue working for Him in his vineyard.
Dean of Students, Andrew Connally School of Preaching
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