The speaker of the 16th Convocation Commencement exercise of the African Bible College University (ABCU), Kendell Kauffeldt has urged the graduates to use their passion for learning to become good leaders.
Mr. Kauffeldt, who spoke on Saturday, May 5 in the old mining town of Yekepa, told the graduates that once they start learning they will start leading,“you have to develop a passion so that you can go through a difficult life.”
He urged the graduates not to lose the passion that brought them to the African Bible College University, saying, “keep learning and keep going.”
He encouraged them to be humble in their passion for learning, telling them not to feel that they know everything, as “what you know is only a drop of what you don’t know.”
“Even though you’re graduating today keep learning, keep the passion for learning, keep pushing forward,” he said.
Mr. Kauffeldt quoted Matthew 25: 14, about the story of the rich man who was traveling and divided talents among his servants, based on their abilities.
He said, “To whom much is given, much is also expected.” He explained that the servants immediately engaged in activities that could multiply their talents.
“You are graduating today, you need to immediately start using what God has given you to acquire your education at this university. What we have, has the potential to bring us more, depending what we do with it,” he added.
Mr. Kauffeldt, who is the Country Director of Samaritan Purse, an international non – governmental organization that funded the renovation of ABCU, after the 16 year civil war told the excited graduates, “if you use what God has given you, you have the potential to bring more opportunities for you to serve God.”
He said, despite that human beings were created in God’s image and share the same love and blessing, “we were not all created equal by God.”
“If you are faithful with the little your master gave you, you will be able to do a great thing,” he said.
About 22 students walked out of the wall of the ABCU. The institution is offering three courses, including Biblical studies, education, and mass communication with an emphasis in broadcasting.
This graduation exercise put out one student in the Mass Communication Department, with many graduates from the Education Department, while about four students did Biblical studies.
The occasion was attended by several local government officials, including Supt. D. Dorr Cooper, a representative from the county education office, Mittal and Mr. David Writebol, SIM Country Director, among others.
The institution was established in July, 1975 by Dr. John W. Chinchen and Nell R. Chinchen in Yekepa, occupying 30 acres of land.
The groundbreaking of the school was done in March 1977 and in March 1979, the school enrolled the first batch of 22 students. During the course of the civil uprising, the college was badly hit, where every facility was destroyed or looted.
With the help from Samaritan Purse, the restoration of the campus began in 2007 and classes resumed in 2008 and in the same year, the college was granted university status by the National Commission on Higher Education.