African Bible "Worker Institute

For some time our evangelistic program in the South African Union has suffered from a lack of a sufficient number of trained Bible workers.

By F. G. CLIFFORD, Departmental Secretary, South African Union 

For some time our evangelistic program in the South African Union has suffered from a lack of a sufficient number of trained Bible workers. From time to time, a number of our faithful lay sisters have had to be called from their home cares and pressed into service during an effort. Their home respon­sibilities have sometimes prevented their stay­ing by the work long enough to gather all the fruit of their labors. Other sisters who are unencumbered by home cares, have been pressed into service, but their lack of train­ing has been a considerable handicap.

With a view to strengthening our force, the union conference decided to hold an institute at which all the Bible workers and likely recruits to the work might receive help which would better fit them for service. The institute was held over a three-week period, and the con­ferences bore the expense of those who at­tended. A staff of teachers was chosen from among the more experienced workers in the field. The following topics were studied: Bible Doctrines, Meeting Objections, Secular History, Church History, Church Organiza­tion, Denominational History, Methods, Dem­onstrations.

Notebook work was required of each stu­dent, and abundant opportunity was given to answer queries raised in class. At the close of the convention all those in attendance expressed their appreciation for the studies which had been given. The institute will doubtless prove of benefit in strengthening our force of Bible workers in Southern Africa.

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By F. G. CLIFFORD, Departmental Secretary, South African Union 

August 1938

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