|Once again, during the month of June, several block courses were given for regular students. Guest lecturers, Dr. Richard and Jewel Showalter of Irwin, OH, team taught a course on World Religions, and Dr. Helen Walker, returned a second summer from Messiah College to teach a sophomore class on English reading and writing.
As usual, during the summer months the campus became a welcoming retreat center for many different groups in need of a friendly and convenient venue for their meetings, trainings, workshops, or retreat activities. For example, this summer, in a seven week period, July 14 to September 3, the College hosted 13 different groups for varying lengths of time.
Among them were MKC regional or congregational staff retreats. One group came from the Kale Hiywot denomination. Others were para-church NGO staff retreats. Over 100 freshman students, preparing to enter universities, came for an inspirational get together. In total, about 946 participants graced the campus during those seven weeks.
Utilizing the campus facilities during the summer break serves as a blessing to many participants, and also helps to raise much needed income for the College. Much thanks goes to God for His indispensable provision! — Reported by Teku Kebede
|Youth Leaders Training: “A New Generation for Christ”
Thousands of Christian students going to Ethiopia’s secular universities face many challenges intellectually, morally, and spiritually. They also have many opportunities to give a positive Christian witness. New students, and especially females, face many dangers. The Church Head Office gives special training each summer for student leaders. Again this year, 17 took the two-week training on campus. The purpose of the training is to equip them with God’s truth and encourage them in their leadership and ministry among their fellow students.
Peace & Conflict Transformation Training
Sixteen participants returned for the third summer for four weeks to complete a twelve-week training in Peace and Conflict Transformation in August. The training was provided by two guests, Dr. Sundy Angoma Okello and Dr. Mercy Fekadu, and two MK College instructors Amdetsion Woldeyes and Kebede Bekere. Courses given included Analysis: Understanding Conflict, Conflict Transformation, Trauma Healing and Resilience, and Restorative Justice. Participants said that the training has been helpful and constructive. Upon completion of the program they were awarded certificates. — Reported by Teku Kebede