I write to you this November grateful to be able to share the latest news of my ministry and Friends Theological College (FTC).
As I announced in my October newsletter, I have begun a new contract as principal of FTC for the next three years. I have utmost gratitude for how generously Friends have supported me in the first three years of my ministry. If you are already one of my supporters, you will be receiving a letter about renewal of support from Eden Grace. If you would like to become a supporter, click here for the FUM donor page and select Field Staff: Robert Wafula from the drop-down menu. I greatly appreciate all the wonderful support from Friends.
At FTC, the residential students returned from their two-week break on October 22 and are continuing with classes. The modular students are joining the residential students on November 13. We will have an overlap of residential and modular students for two weeks on campus. There will be 41 residential students and 55 modular students, a total of 96 students during this time.
As a result of this overlap, we have had to acquire many additional beds and mattresses as well as extra chairs for the classrooms. The Friends Church in Kenya has offered to donate some bunk beds to FTC for our students use during the overlap.
The residential students are continuing their September semester, which goes through December 1. For the modular students, the December module program begins November 13 and will run through December 16.
On the FTC campus, the construction of new walkways is still going on. We have just completed a driveway in addition to the walkway that connects the classroom building and the dormitory building. The walkway was completed on October 12 before graduation day. The new driveway to the administration building was completed last week. The driveway from the main entrance and the walkway between the Administration building and the Library are our next projects. These walkways and the driveway are improving maneuverability around FTC and are making the campus more wheelchair accessible for Friends.
Additionally, we just completed a set of stairs that connect the classroom building and the chapel. When this was finished and the students saw the new stairs, they expressed that ‘now, we finally have a connection between the academic and the spiritual world.’ The students have been very glad that they no longer have to go a long way between the academic and chapel buildings.
We also hope to connect the library to the dining hall. The construction of walkways has been my dream in order to make the campus more wheelchair accessible and more inclusive to all Friends who come to visit FTC.
On November 25, we will be launching the FTC Kitale campus. I am looking forward to seeing the ministry of FTC continue to grow.
I’m very excited about my new colleagues, Shawn and Katrina McConaughey, who will be joining us in the FUM Africa staff team in early 2018! You can check out their Facebook page here to follow the latest news of their ministry.
Thank you, Friends, for all your support and prayers as we share together in this important ministry.
Dr. Robert J. Wafula
Tel. +254 734 728564