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SABC Class of 2015 takes a break during their winter mission trip!
Read their report below.

Southern Africa Bible College Newsletter

September 2015

 

SABC Approaching the BIG 5-0!

Twenty sixteen marks 50 years of Southern Africa Bible College. And what a 50 years it has been. Fourteen hundred attendees from over 30 countries. Now leading in over 40 countries. Accredited Bachelor of Theology degree. A 22-acre campus with dorms for men and women, along with married student housing. It is quite a story. 

The best part of the story, though, has yet to be written. SABC is going strong. There is no mid-life crisis, no aches and pains like 50 year old people have. SABC is just starting. 

But we need your help! 

We ask that you join with your South African brothers and sisters who, over the last 5 years have doubled the amount they give to support the school. Your support means more preachers, teachers, evangelists, and church leaders reaching the lost in a very strategic part of the world. 

Currently we have 39 students. With your help, and in honor of our 50th anniversary, we can have 50 next year! We have that many waiting to attend. 

I ask that you read through the events and student bios in this newsletter, and click on the 'Donate Now' button to support successful evangelistic efforts in Southern Africa.

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SAMUEL OPPONG ASHANTE was born 42 years ago in Kumasi in Ghana, West Africa. His is of the Ashanti tribe and speaks two languages: Twi and English. He attended Nkranza Secondary/Technical School where he obtained his O Level Certification. He is also a certified teacher, having qualified at Jasikan Teachers Training School. His interests are reading and soccer and past employment has been for Omnibus Authority and Swanvest Constuction Company.   He and his wife, Saviour Akrah, have four children: Christopher  (15), Victor (13), Nancy (9), and Ninetangle (5).  Samuel was converted to Christ by Tshpiwaah. He is a Sunday School teacher at the Downtown Church of Christ in Pretoria, which he considers his home congregation.  Upon completion of SABC, he wants to “preach the gospel to lost souls.”
NINA CAROLLISSEN, 19, is originally from Cape Town but four years ago moved to Port Elizabeth. There she matriculated from Linkside High with a distinction in Life Orientation. She was also top of her grade in English Creative Writing and served as an I.T. Prefect.  She was also Head of Technical Assistance (audio and visual) and enjoyed her position on the First Team Rowing. Her interests include reading, photography, listening to music, surfing the internet, helping others, and cooking (she helps cook for the college on the weekend). Nina was taught the gospel by her father, Jayseelan Claasen, in April, 2012, by Shaun Fortuin (SABC ‘95) . In Cape Town, her home congregation was the Athlone Church of Christ in Cape Town and now, the Fairview Church of Christ in Port Elizabeth. After SABC, she would like to study Psychology.
SONGEZO GWANYA originally hails from the Eastern Cape where he was born in 1996.He matriculated from Mabuya Secondary School where he played soccer and cricket and enjoyed athletics and being part of the school choir.  His favourite past times are reading, swimming, cooking, and playing soccer. He also served as Chairperson for the Youth in Gauteng as well as Chairperson for the Ekurhuleni Youth (2011-2014). Songezo was converted to Christ by Mothofeela Mokeana in 2011. When he graduates from SABC, he wants to work in the church while continuing his studies for a higher degree. He has some business experience, having worked for Veld, Cooper & Associates. Another goal of his, perhaps to support himself in the work of preaching the gospel, is to start his own private company. “But the most important thing,” he says, “is to serve Christ.” 
CONAN LEE COURT, 28, is from Bonteheuwel in Cape Town. He also excelled in school sports, achieving first-place in shot-put and first place in discus. He was a gold medalist in first level karate as well. His hobbies are skateboarding, sketching/drawing, working with youth, fitness, song-writing and singing. In Cape Town, he was part of a singing group called TBM (The Brotherhood Ministry), an acapella gospel singing group. They have hosted their own concert, launched two CD’s, and toured South Africa. In addition, Conan himself has written and published some songs with the group. A multi-talented young man, Conan has also appeared in an action-series called “Strike Back” where he had the privilege of doing a few lines on film.  Converted by his father and baptized on February 26, 1999, Conan has been active in song leading and youth ministry at Athlone Church of Christ which he considers his home congregation. He plans to graduate from SABC and then study further in the ministry of counseling to qualify himself to work as an educator and a youth minister. 
ADRIAN PHILIP BELL, 48, was born in Rondebosch, Cape Town. In high school he took part in athletics, and academically he was one of the top three students. In 1984, he made the ‘Cape Times’ newspaper when he achieved the 19th highest matriculation result in South Africa..  In June of that same year, Adrian studied the Bible with sister Joan Minnie and was baptized at the Athlone Church of Christ in Cape Town. In 1988, Adrian earned a B.Sc. degree at the University of Cape Town in Computer Science and Mathematics. He spent some time studying with charismatic religious  groups, but he was not able to accept their doctrinal stance. In 2014 he became a member of the Central Church of Christ in Goodwood, Cape Town. During that period, he was employed by Telkom SA, Sanlam, Old Mutual, and Vodacom.  He is an accomplished software systems analyst-developer in the corporate arena. His hobbies are jogging, cycling, composing lyrics and songs, and is also interested in fresh water tropical aquariums. Most if all, in his own words, “I am currently perfecting my understanding of the true doctrine of Christ at SABC after which I hope to engage in full-time evangelism.”
The picture at the top of the email is from the Third-year's trip.
THIRD-YEAR STUDENTS’ ACTIVITIES OVER THE WINTER RECESS
Reported by Mpendulo Kevin Mothoa in his own words:

Three weeks later and more than 5,000km travelled from Joburg to East London, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town then back to Joburg, we thank the Lord for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity we had as the Southern Africa Bible College third-year class of 2015. We are also truly grateful to Him for a safe, hassle free trip. We met and made friends with amazing people, both young and old, people who love the Lord and His people and His word. There isn't a place we went to where we were not made to feel at home. We thank the Lord for all the brethren who hosted us, and praise Him still for everyone we met.

We were privileged to be involved in the programmes of various congregations: Area-Wide Sing Alongs, Vacation Bible School, a Youth Workshop, a Gospel Campaign, Tract Drives, and among others,  Philani and Tshepo were even invited to a local radio station in East London to discuss the topic: "How to Change our World". There were at least eight baptisms on our trip, both from our work and the work of other brethren (glory be to God), and countless other souls were edified by the word of God. We are humbled that the Lord chose us to have such an impact in the lives of people through the preaching of His word.

Thank you to everyone who kept us in their thoughts and prayers. A special word of appreciation also goes out to all those individuals and congregations who supported us financially. May the Lord bless you all abundantly. We are already back in class now for the final stretch of our studies. Please continue to keep us all in your prayers, as we keep you in ours.  
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