Article submitted by MVSouthAfrica office
Birthed from a few pastors’ deep concern for the spiritual growth of the many uneducated men and women in their communities, the CTC emerged. Armed with their love for the Lord, enthusiasm and a passion for the lost these are the only tools some pastors have. Bible schools in Swaziland are very expensive and out of reach for the poor and uneducated in rural areas. Some pastors mix ancestral worship and Christianity and the end result is disastrous. Pastors make these mistakes out of ignorance.
Rev Bob Stegemann and Rev Christensen heeded the cry of the people and made a curriculum available that is user friendly. They have sown their time and expertise in creating this Training Centre which will extend the Kingdom of God in Swaziland and beyond. This Christian Training Centre is showing them how to correct their mistakes and how to walk in the Truth which is setting them free.
The Swazi Christian Training Center is empowering the indigenous Christian leaders to reach their own people with the love of the Lord in a Biblical manner. They are taught how to apply the undiluted Word of God in their communities. This would not have been possible without the Christian Training Centre. Pastors, church leaders, Sunday school teachers are all hearing, (some for the first time) the Word from a man of God who has extensive knowledge, training and experience. Mandla Malotsa studied Theology in SA; furthered his studies in the USA for two years and is currently studying for his Masters.
Initially, the costs were structured in such a way that Pastor Mandla Malotsa would earn a small salary from the fees paid by the students. However, this is a poor country and the students are hungry to learn but they don’t have the money. Mandla levied a cost of R300 per student per term. ($40) This covers the course material but does not give him anything to live on. He invites guest lecturers to join him in teaching the students.
He goes out of his way to make each student feel special; he adds value to the lives of men and women who would otherwise not have had an opportunity to learn and grow. There are currently 21 students.
Mandla Malotsa is worthy of his wages (which are non-existent). If we cannot find a means to support Mandla, we will lose him. He is humble man but humility doesn’t put food on the table or fuel in his motorcycle. We covet your prayers in raising sponsors for the students and principal, Pastor Mandla Malotsa and stationery and equipment for this much needed Centre.
If you want to help Pastor Malotsa, please contact the MVI office or the MVSA office.