By Narayan Nair, Jan 1 2016 07:07AM
Peter in his second letter said, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:5-8). The apostle asked his readers to bring alongside their faith seven virtues and if these qualities are yours and increasing, then they will give you true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
What a holy conclusion in the true knowledge of Christ. This is the keyword of this entire second letter of Peter. This is the experiential knowledge of God; the deep and holy contemplation of Him and it really implies love. Therefore, this is the true goal to which all these virtues lead. The end of all activity is full and practical knowledge of Christ our Lord.
The activities of the Bible College is just about to be over for this year. At the end of the week the staff will leave for holiday. The John Ridley Memorial lectures this year were conducted by Rev. Greg Stephenson, a graduate of The Masters Seminary, USA. He expounded five of Asaph’s Psalms and taught from it the “Hindrances to Evangelism.” The 41st College Graduation was held last Saturday, the 31st of October and 18 students received their Diplomas and Degrees. These awards were given by the chief guest – Mr. Manasa Tagicakibau, Commissioner Western.
Four students graduated from our Vocational Training Institute which is a part of our Christian Helps program. This school was established to provide skills to students from poor families so that they can use these skills to help their families. Each student received a Diploma in Agriculture together with a set of tools to commence a micro-agriculture business. The tools were donated by Mr. Rodney Chand of American Samoa. The Christian Helps Committee will continue to help these students to manage the farm and market the produce. We felt this was one way we can help alleviate poverty.
- All the ministries set out in my report which is attached.
- The staff who will be shortly going on a much needed holiday. Pray for their families and their needs. All of them receive support which is well below the average laborers salary.
- The new students who are accepted for next year.
- The funds we need for equipment for both the Bible College and the Vocational Training School.