Named after the first Bishop of the Church in Ethiopia, the St. Frumentius Anglican Theological College (also known as Gambella Bible College) opened in June 2015 on the grounds of the Gambella Anglican Centre. The college is initially offering a 2 year Certificate program for 20 residential students and is expected to expand in the future.
Gambella is located in the west of Ethiopia, and borders with South Sudan. It is home to a mix of ethnic groups, including Anuak, Dinka, Nuer, Mabaan, Jum-Jum and Opo. The Gambella Region is one of the poorest regions in Ethiopia and suffers from extreme poverty: at least 44% of the population live under the poverty line, child mortality is a third higher than the national average, and no more than 10% of women are literate.
After the protracted civil war in Sudan (from the mid-1970s until the early part of the new millennium), large numbers of Anglican refugees settled in Gambella and began starting churches. Now there are 80 Anglican Churches in Gambella worshipping in a variety of languages. In order to provide sufficiently trained ministry workers for the growing Christian population, the St. Frumentius Anglican Theological College has been established.
The new college is affiliated with, and builds on the experience of the Alexandria School of Theology in Egypt.
The building project has four phases:
Phase 1 – Renovating the library and Principal’s house (Completed)
Phase 2 – Constructing the College Chapel, security wall and vertical garden.
Phase 3 – Constructing classrooms, dormitories and bathrooms for the College students
Phase 4 – Constructing staff houses and a biogas facility to provide power and cooking gas.
Anglican Aid is helping provide funding for the construction of the College in order to facilitate the education and training of Africa's future leaders. The students will be equipped with the necessary leadership and development skills in order to prepare them to meet the complex needs of their communities.
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- Pray for the continued building and expansion as the college is established and grows.
Dec 2016 update - Ajikune's Testimony
Even though he grew up in a Christian family, Ajikune did not know the Lord Jesus. In his own words: “At age 16, when I saw a lot of my friends enjoying (the) night club, I made a decision to be pagan.” After a brief brush with the law, Ajikune “remembered the God of (his) family…and (he) made (his) own decision to follow God”. Now, he says, “I know what I’m here for.” Ajikune is the youngest of our students. He is only 22 years old. But he has a wisdom about him that is beyond his age. Whenever we go to a gathering of the Anuak, Ajikune is there serving in one or other capacity, whether it be leading the singing, playing the drums, helping put out the chairs, playing football (soccer) with the children, or putting up plastic sheets for shade. All who know him love him and many of the younger generation follow him. He is a servant leader, a bright student, and the joy of many.