Bishop David Bryan and Bishop Adrian Varlack brought great instruction and inspiration during our first-ever School of Practical and Advanced Studies in Addis Ababa Bishop Bryan’s teaching on Theology and training in Administration will prove very helpful for our churches throughout the country. I cannot tell you how the ministers responded to Bishop Varlack’s presentation of the Church of God of Prophecy. He chronologically walked us through the Church’s history and his wonderful perspective was truly stirring. I will not soon forget the time we all spent weeping together in the presence of the Lord. The ministers left with a connection to our movement like they have never hadbefore.
Of course, it was not without its’ challenges. Bishop Masilela was turned away at the airport due to visa issues and could not join us. We rented our conference space from the Presbyterian Church in Addis Ababa. The space was comfortable and adequate except for trouble with the loss of power and water. These frustrations did not deter the Lord’s strengthening of our leaders. We have initiated a plan to carry the training we received into the districts throughout the country. I appointed a small committee which I call the EFA (Entrusting Faithful Ambassadors) to spearhead the preparation and fulfillment of this vision.
Beyond this, we are prayerfully considering what the next step will be for our School of Theology. Our desire for a more permanent and structured school remains. Thank you for your prayers on this point.
We are so thankful to all those who contributed in some way in making this event a reality. Certainly, much thanks goes to the team at CBL, but many other people served as our advocates along the way. A number of individuals and churches contributed to the costs, as well. You know who you are and you know we appreciate you.
Reported by Bishop Fekadu Ayele, National Overseer, Ethiopia