EBEN-EZER UNIVERSITY OF MINEMBWE, DR CONGO, OCTOBER 2016
In the fall of 2009, a group of six African pastor’s and educators gathered in Pretoria South Africa for a BGU course called Pastoral Transformation for the 21st Century: A Pastoral Look at the Theology of Work. Each of these leaders went on to apply and teach TOW in the schools and networks in their respective countries in remarkable ways. One of those leaders, Reverend Jack Mboya of Nairobi Kenya, believed that a biblical understanding of TOW could transform Africa if it were effectively applied to five critical sectors of African life:
- Family Life
- The Church
Jack spent three years working in each of these sectors of Kenya through the college he led and the networks he served. But he didn’t stop there as he took the TOW message and his dream for Africa to schools, denominations and leadership networks in Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia and DR Congo. One of the places he went to teach shortly before he unexpectedly died was Eben-Ezer University of Minembwe (UEMI) located near Uvira DR Congo. This Christian University was being developed by the children of pastors and Christian leaders who had been sent to other countries by their parents to escape the massacres their parents and other Christian leaders experienced a couple of decades earlier at the hands of rebel groups in this rural, isolated, and unstable region of eastern DR Congo. The founding president of the university, DR. LAZARE R. SEBITEREKO, listened to Jack Mboya’s four day course and that was enough for him to catch Jack’s version. I encourage you to take the time to read Lazare’s remarkable story of the impact TOW has made in the land that he and God love and steward together. I don’t doubt like the story in Acts 8, Jesus and Jack are giving the people of Minembwe a standing ovation.