Last Saturday, Knox Theological Seminary celebrated another graduation. The students have worked so hard! What a joy to be able to recognize it! There were four types of awards given. One was for course work completed through Miami International Seminary (MINTS). The school also issued a certificate for those that had completed 10 hours of course work, an advanced certificate for those that had completed 20 hours of course work, and finally a full diploma for those that had completed the full curriculum consisting of 30 hours of course work.
This little guy came to join us during the festivities. We were all fascinated by his "leaf" on his tail...especially my little ones who patiently sat in the heat for four hours!
So many of the students that attend KTC have amazing stories or how they have struggled through school. One student in particular stood out this year, however. His name is Simon. He comes from a small village called Kaiti, 16 kilometers away from KTC, where he lives with his wife and 11 children. In the beginning he hardly knew English and his reading and writing weren't that strong either, so he struggled through the course work, but he never gave up. Over the course of 9 years, on and off (his actual course work took him 6 years), he biked to school in order to "study to show himself approved" (2 Timothy 2:15)!! His congregation loves him. They were so excited to see him graduate with a full diploma. They drove up in a cattle truck to show their support of him.
When his name was finally called (thankfully, alphabetically, he came last! haha!) there was quite a celebration! We are so thankful for Simon and his work in Kaiti! And rejoice with him that he is finished with school!
We praise God for all the work he is doing at KTC! God continues to bless the local churches and build his kingdom with well-trained men because of the work happening at Knox Theological College and for that, we are very, very thankful!