Christian centre marks two decades of existence

Students, parents and staff of Northern Christian Training Centre celebrate their 20th birthday. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

THE 20-year journey educating the rural community and missionaries at the Northern Christian Training Centre was celebrated yesterday in Labasa.

School head Marion Male described the journey as God’s faithfulness over the two decades.

The celebration brought together international friends and donors who joined the special day with students, friends and staff members at the Vunika institution.

Recalling the early days of establishing the school, Ms Male said they climbed hills and sailed through rough seas and stormy weather, but they didn’t give up because of a vision she encountered at the age of seven.

“We have come a long way and the school now has a piece of land that has a vocational centre, a primary and secondary school and a kindergarten by next year,” she said.

“When I was seven years old back in Australia, I saw myself preaching to a group of dark-skinned people and I told my mum that I would become a missionary.

“Today (yesterday) as we celebrate 20 years of existence, I recall that vision and we only praise God for his faithfulness because, without Him, we wouldn’t have come this far.”

Ms Male said the number of students had increased over the years.

“The students pay a minimal fee and we still have the assistance of kind donors and we are blessed.”

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