Wycliffe College faculty achieve consensus on theological education in Gambia, West Africa
Tuesday February 17th, 2009
Glen Taylor, David Reed, Bishop Ellison,Catholic Church, Chairman Greg, Methodist Church, and Bishop Johnson.
Wycliffe College faculty achieve consensus on the need for inter-church cooperation in theological education in Gambia.
Reports Steve Hewko, Wycliffe student who organized the trip:
"Well today was a historic moment for theological education in the Gambia. Glen, David and I met with the Bishop Ellison of the Catholic Church, Chairman Greg of the Methodist Church, and Bishop Johnson of the Anglican church.(Pictured at right) I am still in awe of the good spirit and the positive working relationship these men have. I guess when you work in a predominantly Muslim nation, you need to work together. In Canada we can hardly get a congregation to agree on something, let alone a diverse group of people such as these. That being said, the meeting was better than I could have ever anticipated. The Methodists, Catholics, and Anglicans all are supportive of our proposal to bring theological education to the Gambia. All have tried various initiatives on their own, and all have only had limited success in their opinions; a joint venture, they feel, is the answer to the need they have in The Gambia. We as a neutral third party are poised nicely to come alongside these groups and move forward. Only one key group remains, the Evangelical Fellowship of the Gambia, who I assume will be supportive. It has been a long road and many meetings but I think that we have accomplished what we set out to do. Thanks for all your prayers over the last week. We just have a few last meetings to wrap up."
On February 15, 2009 Professors David Reed and Glen Taylor flew to Gambia with Steve Hewko, currently a Wycliffe student and head of the Christian Volunteer Movement (CVM).
With the help of CVM, a mission to Gambia, they plan to explore with the local Christian community what, if anything, Wycliffe College professors and graduate students might do with the Gambian church to foster theological education among their leaders.
Hewko, Reed and Taylor will meet with Anglican and other denominational leaders to hear their needs and ideas for theological training. They will also hold a conference on theological education.
Professors Taylor and Reed will give a number of lectures, offer a few workshops, and preach, but will mostly listen for the Gambian leadership's vision of theological training for their country. Dr Reed will lead a healing service as well.
Please pray for safety, good health and the gift of discernment as Wycliffe embarks on this new venture.
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