I visited Rhino camp extension school on Thursday 01/11/2018.
This center has 25 students this third term. The number dropped from 35 students at the beginning of the school. However, there is still demand for more extension schools in this area because the 25 are just from three churches and in one zone. Before opening this extension school, many of the current participants were idle.
A church has been planted by some of these students and students from NEATS who live in Rhino camp.
Abraham James Ladu
“I would like to thank Empower-One for setting up this discipleship center. I have served in the church for a long time but I struggled with evil spirits. When I came to the camp in 2016, I found Ocea Baptist Church and I was given an opportunity to serve children through Sunday school. Even though I was teaching children in church, I struggled with drinking and smoking addictions. I felt so guilty that I stopped going to church for a full year. In May, 2017 I heard about an extension school opening up and I thought it was an answer to my addictions. After the first two terms, nothing about me changed. By this time I am not just leading children but also youth. On many occasions, some people pleaded with to stop drinking and smoking but I seemed to have failed to control the urge to alcohol. However, my big day came on 10, January 2018, which happens to be my third term. God challenged me during one of my classes and I realized I could not do this on my own. I felt the need to have Jesus in my life. I surrendered my life to Jesus. I put an end to my relationship with satan. I cannot go on leading and teaching kids and youth when my life does not reflect the glory of God. I want those I lead to know me by the fruits I bear. I thank God for saving me. Thank you Empower-One for bringing truth to me.”
Note: Despite being lame, he is gifted with drums and singing.
“I am a Christian and a leader in church. I made a life changing decision to follow Jesus in 1994 but since then my knowledge of the Bible was limited. I have never experienced any deep teaching of the word of God before. I am very happy for this training program. This program was God sent for me. I have learned so much. I can now boldly witness to lost souls. I am able to present the gospel with knowledge. After my two terms of learning I have been able to share the gospel with many people and 40 of them decided to surrender to Jesus Christ and they were baptized during the festive season. After finishing my training I will even be more effective. I ask God to use me to help others to serve. Me and my family will serve God with better knowledge. Thank you.”
I am grateful for the trainings here. I came to Uganda in 2013 with six kids. My husband remained in South Sudan. He had stopped communicating with me and supporting us. I became troubled and spent sleepless nights. Then I met Jesus in 2014. The trainings in this extension school has done a lot in my own life. My life will never be the same again. After my two terms in class, I have set up a family altar of prayer. Me and my children gather every evening to read God’s word and to pray together. We prayed for my husband to remember us. We asked God that he would call one day to find out how we are doing. God has answered us with a ‘yes’. First of all three of my children got saved and they now go to church without being pushed or forced. My husband does not only call but also supports us. I can now confidently preach and teach women in my church. I am able to lead, counsel and advise people around me. I am very grateful for this center of learning. I wish more women can come for these teachings.”
I thank God for making me apart of this school. I was born again but the life I led was unpleasant. I had a group that used to delight in fighting. I hated hearing about the gospel. I was so mean to those who desired to talk to me about the bible. However, when I started attending this class, it has helped me to reflect on the way I was living my life and some of the terrible things I have done. I can now differentiate between right and wrong. I now delight in correcting people around me using scriptures. I have reconciled with my best friend after close to two years of hatred and bitterness.
“I have the privilege to serve as a Sunday school teacher but I realized there was so much I was lacking. I used to struggle to prepare my lessons for the children. Thanks to this training center I am now a better teacher of the children in my church. I didn’t know how to study the Bible, I used to read it like a novel. I have learned to deeply study, meditate and apply the word of God in my life. I can now preach to others, train disciples, bring my friends to church and those who don’t know God and I can do my personal devotion and prayer.”
“I want to appreciate my teachers for the great work they are doing. I am 46 years old. I thought I knew so much. I knew I was a genius in Bible tknowledge but I was wrong. Sitting in these classes let me know how little I knew. There is so much that I do not know. I am humbled. I can now preach and counsel my family and those in my community.”
I am grateful for this school. It has enabled me to study my bible in depth, share with other community members about Jesus and I have learned how church administration is done. If it is possible I would like to get an English and Arabic bible.
“This school has changed my life. My life was full of violence and bad friends. I continued to walk in darkness even when I had confessed Christ as my savior. I never wanted to hear what the bible said, let alone understand it. I have changed now. I have reached out to my former friends with the word and drawn quite a number to attend church. I now want to learn English so that I can share the good news with other tribes as well.”
Duol Chuol Bangjack
“Ever since I joined in August, 2017, there has been so much change in my life. My preaching has improved, I have been able to draw many to do God’s work. During school break I go out to evangelize especially those who are still living in darkness. Thank you for this school.”
I have learned how to study the bible and apply what it says in my life. I need an English Bible so that it can help in my bible exposition.
Gawar Tai Stephen
I have acquired more bible knowledge. After here, I want to teach my church members and my children.
I come from Nuba and I am a wife and a mother. I have learned how to be an effective church leader, church planting and church administration. I have also learned how to share the gospel with the unreached. I am now bold enough to counsel my family, friends and community.
The following two are not students:
As members of Emmanuel church (hosts the school) we have been blessed by this school. Many of our leaders were not really trained but now they are gaining more knowledge each day, new leaders are being raised and some members come to hear these teachings during their free times. The teachings in our church have improved and behaviors changed.
I have the opportunity to translate during training sessions. I attended Bible school in Khartoum from 2008 to 2011. I pastored a church in South Sudan for a short period before fleeing the country for Uganda when war broke out. I came to be here when they asked me to mobilize people to come for this bible training. So I was asked to help with translation. I translate English to Arabic or Nuer. I realized these teachers have so much more than what I learned in Khartoum. While translating I have also been learning. I come from the Presbyterian church and I really appreciate this training because our church has gained more leaders, increased knowledge and it has reduced workload for some of us leaders through the new leaders. By the way my Arabic which was dwindling has improved and English.