During the on-campus studies of the “school-based” or modular students in the Diploma in Theology program, several came to see me to talk about continuing their studies in the bachelor’s degree. All were mature students who had entered the Diploma course (similar to an associate’s degree in the US) with the idea that this would be all the study they would undertake. All were studying in the “school-based” format of study because taking time away from their existing work or ministry for full-time study did not seem realistic or desirable. But this group of four had been so excited, so inspired by their FTC studies that they were looking for ways to come for study in the bachelor’s degree, which is not offered in the convenient “school-based” format. It is my hope every single one of their teachers feels as blessed as I do by what they have accomplished in inspiring these mature students for eager further learning.
In late November while things were very challenging on campus, I had a task of taking a day away to give the graduation address and blessing of the graduates in Kitale School of Theology. The small college is operated by Elgon East Yearly Meeting. It was a lovely day of pride in accomplishments and eager hopes for ministry in the future. I was grateful for the chance to meet with these Friends and get to know their institution better. The happy and peace-filled day gave perspective on the current challenges back at Kaimosi return and a reminder that education is always “pole pole” as we say here in Kiswahili, bit-by-bit and slowly-by-slowly.