August 13, 2012

Global Notebook - Day 2

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A marathon series of sessions, the second day of the ACSI Africa Roundtable began with breakfast, 7:00 AM, Monday and concluded with closing prayer after 9:00 PM.  Representing EduDeo Ministries at the historic conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, Executive Director Hank de Jong joined African delegates for the fourteen hour proceedings, participating in and documenting the significant event. 

The largest gathering of Christian educators in Africa, the roundtable is drawing delegates from across the continent, including representatives from ACSI’s five member regions (West Africa Francophone, West Africa Anglophone, Central Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa).

Hosted at the Willow Park Conference Centre in Johannesburg, the second day of the roundtable began with devotions from Dr. Derrick Mashau, Professor of Missiology at North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus).  Dr. Mashau directed delegates to 2 Corinthians 3:1-18. Christ has come to lift the veil of the old covenant, transforming the hearts and minds of the new covenant saints.  Delegates were called to reflect on the revealed glory of the Lord.

Hank noted the centrality of the exposition of Scripture in the proceedings at the round table.

"I am encouraged to see the continual reference to the living Word at the round table.  It speaks volumes to the priority of Scripture in the lives of the delegates."

Ivory Coast-based keynote speaker Pastor Moussa Koné led the first session of the day, directing delegates to the theme ‘The Transformation of Africa: A Battle of the Mind’.  A
former Muslim, Pastor Koné encouraged participants to develop a robust strategy for Christian education in the face of growing Islamic aggression.  The dynamic Gospel messenger called delegates to follow the leading and teaching of Christ and liberation of the Holy Spirit.

Following tea, round table participants heard school growth reports from the ACSI regions of West Africa Anglophone and West Africa Francophone. Delegates applauded the rapid growth of Christian schools in both key regions.

"Christian schools and Christian school associations continue to be formed in regions where
educators and administrators are receiving training and support!” Hank noted.

"God is leading an incredible movement in West Africa."

Divided into six small groups (the five ACSI regions of Africa and a group committed to post-secondary education), delegates were given an opportunity to discuss specific challenges within their region.

A number of participants stressed the need to pursue a Biblically-integrated approach to the classroom, form strategic and collaborative partnerships with other Christian schools and Christian school associations, maintain constructive relationships with government officials and continue to focus on intense prayer for Africa.

Following dinner, Dr. Brian Simmons, President of ACSI Global addressed the assembly, reaffirming the critical need and importance of Christian education and the strong connection between the proclamation of the Gospel in the classroom and transformation in the local community.  He closed with a sincere word of encouragement for the African leaders.

"With such a full schedule, I’m beginning to feel the inner tension between excitement and fatigue," Hank admitted.

"Yet I am completely overwhelmed by what God is doing through Christian education on this continent. Please continue to offer your prayers for Africa!"

You can receive ongoing liveblogging updates from the roundtable by following EduDeo Ministries on Twitter at @edu_deo.


Aug 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm

The Lord grant all of you His blessings. We pray that in this environment of collaboration between the members of God's family there will be great benefit in working together and all those present will truly be edified and strengthened. May this conference provide the means for tremendous growth in the work of the Lord and the spreading of His gospel through the ministry of Chritian education across the continent of Afria and throughout the world!

Aug 17, 2012 at 3:33 am

I really appreciated this program. you are doing great things for God and I am sure you will be blessed. I wish I have been at this round table but unfortunately I did not get the info soon. can you please let me know the date of the next round table? I am the founder of great provider academy in Burkina faso. I want to teach biblical-integrated programs ! I love you family of God!

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