The founder of the African Bible College University (ABCU) in the mining town of Yekapa, Nimba County has said that ‘Africa has a destiny’ owing to the continent’s rich historical accounts.
Rev/Dr. John W. Chinchen made the disclosure when he served as orator during program marking the 13th Commencement Convocation of the ABCU, held on May 10, 2014.
Dr. Chinchen said the writing of Africa’s rich history was long prophesied by the Prophet Isaiah about 2600 years ago when the Prophet spoke of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Reading from the Isaiah Chapter 18, Rev/Dr Chinchen explained said that some of what Isaiah prophesized came to pass, including the birth of Jesus Christ.
Recounting on his journey to Liberia, Rev. Chinchen explained that when he came to Liberia in 1970 while on his missionary journey, there were lots of difficulties he encountered. Some the difficulties, according to him, occurred in Sinoe County which “really got me downhearted, but with the reading from Isaiah Chapter 18, I was comforted as I got the answer.”
He said, Isaiah prophecies about the lands beyond the rivers of Ethiopia as quoted in Isaiah 18, gave him clue to navigate the position of the Book at that time. According to the clergy, he felt that the lands were South Sahara Africa.
With this prophecy, he said, “Africa has a great destiny and therefore, challenged the graduates to consider this as their destiny.”
The African Bible Collage–University (ABCU) on the May 10, 2014 graduated 25 students who formed the third Commencement Convocation since the institution reopened following the end of the country’s 14-long year crisis.
The University is offering three courses including Biblical studies, Education and Mass Communication.
The ABC-U was founded in 1979 by Rev/Dr. John W. Chinchen, and his wife, Nell Chinchen with the aim to train Christian leaders for the service in Africa and the rest of the world.
The university was founded with the vision to spread the gospel through the teaching of the Bible across Africa as it was envisioned in the heart of Dr. and Mrs. Chinchen after they had spent seven years as missionaries in the interior of Liberia training pastors and assisting in the operations of the ENI Mission School in Sinoe.
During that time, the couple recognized the need to establish a college to meet the educational and spiritual needs of the secondary school graduates.
As the result, the Chinchens designed four-year courses at the university standard that would hold to the highest academic standards, and meet the qualification to offer a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
ABCU was granted university status in October 2008 by authorities at the National Commission on Higher Education of Liberia where institution gained university full status.
The president of the university is Dr. Amos B. Miamen— a native of Liberia. He was among the first graduates of the ABCU when the college opened its academic door in 1979.
Earlier in his welcome remark, Dr. Miamen commended the government and the local leadership of Nimba County for their supports. He added that the ABC University was dedicated to its core values of providing quality education, academic excellence, respect for all human beings, and the genuine demonstration of faith in learning.
The occasion was attended by the president of the University of Liberia, Dr. Emmet Dennis, Dr. Bert of Gedeh County Community College, Nimba County Education Officer, the Country Director of SIM, Will Elphick, the Country Director of Samaritan’s Purse –Liberia, Kendell Kauffeldt as well as parents and loved ones of the graduates.
Lofa County Senator George Tingben, who is an Alumnus of the institution, was also among those in attendance.