With Fanwell leaving MfA shortly, Peter our Senior Mechanic has been promoted to take on the Practicals Manager role in the MfA workshop. Peter will be coordinating the practical training of our second year students. In a recent handover meeting Peter spoke of his admiration for his father Fanwell and excellent mentoring that he received from him. Fanwell believes Peter is the right person for the role and is so pleased to see one of his sons take on the baton.
Fanwell, our beloved Uncle and Father is retiring from MfA. He had served MfA for many years and we will miss him dearly. A massive thank you for the hard work you have poured into the MfA college and workshop since 2003. By teaching and mentoring so many students over the years you have helped to bring lasting transformation to Zambia. Thank you and God Bless on this new venture of retirement.
Yesterday was the end of the theory exams and we now look forward to the practical exams next week. My encouragement from morning devotions yesterday was from 1 Samuel 30:6. In the face of many difficulties and massive challenges at that point in his life- 'But David found strength in the Lord his God.' Blessings to all our students with the final exams next week and find strength in the Lord.
Last week the students held a day of prayer and fasting for the exams. We had singing and preaching from the students, lead by our pastor. Our honoured guest was the MfAZ trustee Bishop George Bweupe, who spoke on the importance of foundation-building and ensuring that the students focus on the details on the foundation they are building in their lives. Great way to start exam time!
It is exam time at MfA, the life skills exams are first, computer and agriculture papers are completed and now being marked. Next week are the mechanical exams- Please keep the students in your prayers at this key time-Two years of hard work!
A massive thank you to the Book Bus- a NGO from Kitwe that works as libraries for community schools. The Book Bus has donated the old engine from the recent engine change over to the MfA college for practical works and the growth of the college. Peter in the photo with a number of students holding the donated engine. Thanks again!
Elias our Computer Lecturer at MfA has just successfully completed a series of computer courses over 6 weeks. Covering the basics to advance level in computer training. It is very encouraging to see local people from the communities using MfA resources and equipment to develop skills and experience. This course is external from the MfA students and opening to anyone. Next course starting February 2019- get in touch if you want to be a part of these next 6 computer courses.
Dry season nearly over and rainy season is around the corner, however with no rain since April/May the ground is very very dry. Some of the trees struggle in the dry season and our beloved swing tree at MfA has come down. Fortunately it did not fall on anyone, but its not stopped the monkey fountain kids having fun and climbing all over it.
Team MfA heads off to Kaniki Bible College to take on another college in a college football match. Lots of fun and great for team building. Fortunately the first aid box was not required, however there was a few hobbling students arrived late the next day! 3-2 to Kaniki was the final score.
Gift has been promoted to Mechanic. He has worked incredibility hard and continues to produce excellent results on the vehicles in his care. Thank you for all you do in the MfA workshop and mentoring of students in the practicals. Well done for the promotion.