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Derrick Harrison “Teaching Church History at Ameva Bible School in Zimbabwe (December 2013).

I do believe that Church History is the most difficult subject in any Christian College, because when you study the beginnings of the church in the book of Acts you are on familiar ground, but beyond the lifetime of the apostles most of us know very little.

Church “history” is “His story” and it is a narrative of the progress of the gospel and the development of the church. Much of the story seems to have little relevance to Africa, but it is in the subject in their textbook. They are patient and hardworking students who study and write from 8.00 am - 12.30 pm (with a half hour break in the middle), and then from 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm in the afternoon. They are sitting in their seats on time and constantly apply themselves to listen intently to the teacher. This is hard work each day - from Monday to Friday for two whole weeks. It is also very hot!


“Pastor” Andy who comes from Warrington, asked the students what they thought were the qualities of a good teacher, a lady student replied: A teacher who is neatly dressed and lively! (I couldn’t agree more!).


The students are a tremendous group consisting of young pastors, church members, Bible teachers, pastor’s wives, young mothers and some older Mama’s who are “mothers in Israel” and intercessors. One lady who was in her 60’s told me she had born 7 sons and 5 daughters.


We pray that the Lord will continue to raise up pastors and Christian workers through the ministry of Ameva and pray for these young men and women during this two year period of Bible teaching. We also pray for John and Celia who have made this ministry possible and thank them for making us feel so much at home here.”


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