Monthly Archives: January 2015

Fiwale

I arrived at Fiwale on Sunday evening, just as the rains began, making the 6km dirt road to the Bible College quite muddy. Fiwale is the Bible College for the Baptist Union of Zambia (BUZ) and so all three Baptist Associations in Zambia send their students to be trained here including my organisation, the Mpongwe Baptist Association (MBA). Whilst I’m primarily living here at Fiwale, I am still working for the MBA and so part of the secondment arrangement is that I travel back to Mpongwe to continue the Pastor’s training I’ve been doing there. It’s just over an hour to Fiwale from Mpongwe, and so I anticipate being back there a few days each month to see the Pastors and continue the work with Orphan’s Programme.

Fiwale Bible College
Fiwale Bible College

I don’t know yet how long I’ll be here but I think it’ll be a fairly long-term stay in Fiwale because this arrangement fits with what I believe I’m called to do here in Zambia.

Term started for the students on Monday but I’ve been given the week to get settled in. I’ve started working on the house but it could be quite a long project as I keep finding more things that need doing!

Thanks for all your interest and prayers as I begin this new phase.

Moving!

Happy New Year!

You may remember that last October I spent a week at Fiwale Bible College, which is just over an hour from Mpongwe. They are quite short staffed there and so when they asked for me to be seconded to the college I readily agreed. Fiwale serves the Baptist Union of Zambia, and so I’m still working with the same organisation, and still training Pastors, just in a different place and a different capacity. I believe this is an important role and I’m excited to face the new challenges but also daunted by the scale of the task!

The first challenge is to get the new house up together. I’ll be living on site at Fiwale, primarily because the role there is not only lecturing in the college but investing in the lives of the students. During my week at Fiwale in October one of the most special times was eating together with some of the students in the evening, when we can chew over theology together more informally.

House ‘before’ pics: