Welcome to Justo Mwale
Reverend Justo Mwale was the first Zambian to be pastor in the Reformed Church in Zambia (from 1929). Since the church’s theological training moved to Lusaka in the seventies, the College has opened its doors to other churches, brought the academic standards and accreditation to an internationally accepted level, contextualised the curriculum, expanded its infrastructure and built relationships with a multitude of similar institutions, churches and individuals. In 2008 the Zambian Ministry of Education awarded the College university status.
All the students in the M.Th. (in Biblical Studies and Hermeneutics) programme are due to graduate on the 9th of May. These 10 students are the second intake of the two year part time programme which was offered in conjunction with the University of the Free State (in South Africa). They started their studies in January 2013 and finished the end of last year. The first group graduated in May 2013.
This January, Justo Mwale was happy to receive twenty new BTh-students and their families into the community. For some, this is a big step: leaving behind a different career to start at our university, getting used to student accommodation and to the skills that are expected in higher education. We ask for your prayers for these new students as they adjust to their new environment.
Our seminary community has struggled under water rationing for most months in recent years, and endured water insecurity with only one functioning borehole for over a year. However, now we have water from a second borehole reaching our storage tanks. Chilenje Congregation of the Reformed Church in Zambia donated a new water pump, and National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., donated the funds for a borehole and new 10,000 liter storage tank and all the connecting pipes. Thanks to generous partners and the hard work of our handyman Moses Phiri, we will face the coming dry season with more water available. We still hope to repair another non-functioning borehole in the coming months.
In the photograph, new students at Justo Mwale are happily exploring their boxes with books. These books are all basic theological volumes, which the students can use in their studies, but also in their ministry after they have graduated. We are thankful for the donors who made this gift possible!