This semester we planted two new connect groups (small groups). The one is based in Rondebosch, and is a mixed connect group for ‘non-residence’ students lead by Serge.
The other connect group teaches biblical Christian foundations from the Purple Book (Christian foundations) in Tugwell, and is lead by our gifted student, Vee. She is such a great teacher.
This semester also found me spending lots of time visiting and teaching the beautiful Tugwell ladies at the various connect groups in that residence. It’s a times such as these that I realise again how much I love what I do! I am truly thankful to all of you who support this ministry to students. I am always amazed and humbled at the power of God’s Word and the ability it has to create things out of nothing…how simple moments like these have the profound ability to change lives and even shift whole generations for Jesus. In the picture below I went to speak on ‘God’s grace for your future’: their academics and service in society through their vocations, their families and communities.
THE CHARACTER AND COMPETENCE OF A LEADER
Every semester we run Women of the Word (WOW), Men of the Word (MOW), ‘Read and Lead'(RnL) and Purple Book courses and we have seen the greatest fruit yet in raising potential leaders through these fora. In my pastorate alone we have sent 78 students through these courses this year. I am so encouraged by the supernatural fruitfulnes; seeing students discipling and labouring to see Christ formed in the hearts and lives of their peers.
CONNECT GROUP LEADER’S TRAINING
A few weeks ago I also had the incredible privilege of organising the second connect group leaders’ training for the year where we trained 29 new leaders for our Congregational connect groups. Twelve students from my pastorate (one of three pastorates at UCT) were trained to be connect group leaders. It has really been a year of maturing and growing our leaders.
Of course we know we wouldn’t truly grow if our faith wasn’t tested – there have been a number of obstacles that we continue to pray for and believe God to help us overcome.
Please could you trust God with us for the following:
- Some of our students are struggling financially and they may have to stop studying indefinitely until their parents can afford the rest of their tuition. We are praying for miracles!
- One of our student residences has banned small group meetings of a religious nature starting next year. Please pray for this and trust with us for favour as we meet with University administration to contest this.