Bunda Bible College
Bunda Bible College
Anglican Aid is partnering with the Diocese of Mara in Tanzania, a developing country, to help the Bunda Bible College provide student scholarships, complete building projects and become financially sustainable in the longer term.
In Tanzania today, many pastors and church workers have little education and no formal theological training. Bunda Bible College is equipping pastors and lay leaders for gospel ministry and community leadership – providing lasting and sustained benefits. The College is in the Anglican Diocese of Mara, but students come from across Tanzania. They can study for a 3-year Certificate in Theology (in Swahili), a 3-year Diploma in Theology (in English), or train for lay ministry or Sunday school teaching. There have been significant developments on the property in recent years, and the College is well equipped to provide leadership, training and development in the future.
Leadership Development at Bunda Bible College
Anglican Aid is partnering with Bunda Bible College to provide scholarships for students to study Theology. Some of these men and women are from the local Diocese of Mara, and others from rural areas across Tanzania. Many of them are already leaders and evangelists in their home churches but without any formal training. The scholarships cover travel, food, accommodation, books and medical care.
Staff Housing Project at Bunda Bible College
Anglican Aid is supporting the Bible College in a building project to provide housing for their teaching staff on the campus. Living onsite will free up more time for preparation for teaching and also bring the opportunity to build deeper relationships with the students. Permanent housing will also reduce rental costs for the College.
Planning for the future
Anglican Aid is also assisting with the running costs for the College and helping them develop long term business projects to become financially sustainable.
- Pray for safekeeping as classes continue after COVID-19.
- For new students in the upcoming academic year.
- For Theological Education in Tanzania
- For the College to have its own website and reliable internet.
College life at Bunda Bible College
In the ten years since its formation (founded 2010), the college has gone from strength to strength and has established itself as one of the most strategic and well-equipped Bible colleges in Tanzania and has attracted students from different dioceses. This brings together men and women from different tribes, backgrounds, and church traditions, which greatly enriches their spiritual growth and fellowship. They are all committed to Biblical evangelical teaching and fellowship, and gain practical ministry experience in local churches in Bunda or nearby villages.
The college has water and electricity connected, though both of these supplies can be problematic at times. The library is one of the best in Tanzania with 7000 books, and students all learn to use the library computers. The unstable internet connection sometimes restricts internet research.
Over the years, more buildings (dining room, dormitories, a chapel, staff houses, offices, and a library) have been added, and the college also has its own agricultural projects (cows, pigs, and a vegetable garden), meaning the college may become self-sufficient in future. The breadth of infrastructure has and will continue to make the college resilient to seasonal and economic pressures, enabling it to continue educating and raising strong community leaders for years to come.
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