March 2018: Witnessing Healing, Growth, and New Life

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I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10b

Joy comes in participating and witnessing healing, growth and new life. This is the core of the message of Jesus that is fully revealed during the Season of Lent and Easter. 

Six years ago, a refugee from another African country came to live at Inanda Seminary in South Africa. She was bright and eager to learn. During her years, she was always in the top ten of her class, and frequently number one. She was successful in being granted a scholarship to study and today is working for a top accounting firm in the country. 

Three years ago, a local girl came through the gates of Inanda Seminary after obtaining a scholarship to study. She was the hope of her family where no one has graduated from high school. As she persisted in her studies, she rose to the top of her class and eventually to number one. She too has received a scholarship to study at the university.

Two years ago, a new student came to Inanda Seminary carrying with her the pain of abuse. Through counseling and support, she can celebrate healing and new life ahead. 

Inanda Seminary is more than a school turning out graduates; it is a home of healing, growth and new life. Inanda Seminary is a school that lives up to its motto ‘Shine Where You Are’ based on Philippians 2:15, “where we are called to shine like stars in the midst of a crooked and perverse world.”

Susan Valiquette recently concluded her time with Inanda Seminary, Durban, South Africa as chaplain and instructor. Her appointment was made possible by your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund, Our Church’s Wider Mission, and your special gifts.

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