CHURCHES OF THE WORLD
UNITE - 5/24/06
from the church in Africa visited campus on Tuesday, May 23, as a part
of the Church Connection Initiative at Trinity Christian College.
Joining former College president
Dennis Hoekstra and President Steven Timmermans were Reverend Tshililo
Liphadzi from South Africa and Reverend Ariko Ekitala from Kenya, to talk
about the current state of the Reformed Church in their countries.
Both Liphadzi and Ekitala
spoke of the need for pastors and the development of a curriculum to train
pastors. Ekitala explained that the Reformed Church in East Africa has
300 churches but only 20 pastors; currently he ministers to three churches.
"Part of the reason for this
shortage is that many Africans are seeking an education to pursue greener
pastures," said Ekitala. "We are trying to green the pastures for them."
By developing a sound curriculum, Ekitala and Liphadzi hope to attract
more Africans to minister and strengthen the church in Africa.