Ministry Apprenticeship Training (MAT) teaches young Christians the skills needed to better handle God's word. MAT follows the model of a Christian gap year – common in the UK but otherwise not available in this region of South Africa.
The course focuses on equipping young people with the tools to understand and interpret the Bible and the skills and confidence to teach it to others. Topics covered include:
Apprentices also get involved with ministry within local churches – primarily discipleship and evangelism among women, children and students.
MAT is led by Simon Banda, a Namibian based in Port Elizabeth who helped to set up the project. Simon is keen to devote himself to MAT ful-time, enabling the programme to be opened up to young people from a wider circle of churches. However, local resources are not currently available to sustain this project financially. MAT is therefore looking for partners in the UK and Ireland who can support the work through prayer and giving.
Warm greetings from Mzansi (South Africa)! It’s the last term of the year and we are excited to tackle the second module of our training manual. Titled Equipped with the Skills, this module is all about how to develop bible handling skills. It’s much more practical and pragmatic in its approach. The focus will be on developing skills that will help our apprentices in their study of the Bible and in their preaching.
I'm Sivu, a 22 year old former Nelson Mandela University student and currently an apprentice at Word of Life student church in Port Elizabeth. Our ministry focuses on discipleship, leading small groups but also nurturing our own personal relationships with the Lord.
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