A new school year has started and students have arrived from across India to attend the Koinonia College of Theology. We thought we would take a look back at the previous year’s activities as we continue on our mission to train young men and women to preach the gospel to the nations.
Admission of Students
The previous academic year began 15 June 2015. New students were enrolled into KCT after passing a personal interview and entrance tests. We got students from Maharashtra & Orissa.
The students went through an orientation session for 2 days where they were instructed about student life, hostel life and importance of prayer.
The students did house visits where they ministered through songs and by giving the gospel message.
Every year we take time out from the academic schedule and devote ourselves to prayer. The first prayer week took place between August 3 to 7. Students and teachers prayed for various prayer requests ranging from college activities to national and global issues. Prayers were also offered for personal needs.
Independence Day & Republic Day celebrations
Koinonia College of Theology regularly observes Independence Day and Republic Day. The day starts with flag hoisting followed by various programs on the subject of Independence Day and Republic Day. Speeches on important subject matters are given by the faculty and Principal, and the students present skits and choreography.
Worship Seminar & Workshop
The Worship Seminar and workshop was held in the college for the first time on 6th and 7th November 2015. Mr. Ken Henson and Mrs. Vinita Henson from New Life College, Bangalore led the seminar. They taught on the subject of true worship, singing workshop, breathing exercises. They were accompanied by 5 team members who took leadership in various workshops on bass guitar, drums, keyboards and acoustic guitar. It was a very effective seminar for the students who could learn many things on leading worship and playing instruments.
Pastors Conference is held every year around the Diwali holiday. This time it was held during 9 to 14 November. The College students and teachers take active part in the Pastors Conference. Students take part in leading worship sessions and the teachers take some sessions related to topics on ministry and pastoral life. Pastor Ray Viola from Rochester, New York also took sessions on all days.
Ministry of students during Christmas vacation
The college has vacations during Christmas, but students are instructed to do some field ministry and come back and report on their experiences. Many students got valuable ministry experience this year.
Medical camp in January
Free Medical Camp was held from 4 to 8 January 2016 and the students of KCT took an active part. This camp was led by a visiting medical missions team under the leadership of Pastor Tony Joseph. Many local doctors also volunteered to serve, as did a team of pharmacy students from D Y Patil Pharmacy college. Nearly 2000 people visited the camp during the five days. All services and medicines were offered without cost. Along with medical care the people were prayed for, counseled and given a copy of the New Testament. The students got opportunity to share the Gospel of Christ to many people through this camp.
Picnic to Matheran
The students went to Matheran, a nearby hill station on the way to Mumbai on 12th February 2016. It was a one day trip. The students enjoyed the travel by the “toy train” from Neral station to Matheran.
KCT had their 11th Graduation ceremony. This year two men from Pune and Chattisgarh graduated with B.Th. degree. It was an honor to have L.T. Jeyachandran as our chief guest this year. We all were encouraged by his message.
The students went for field ministry in Baroda, Gujarat from 1st April to 8th April 2016. They took meetings everyday and presented the gospel of Christ on various occasions. Prof. Gideon spoke on many occasions on the topics of Communion, Christlikeness, Idols of the heart, Great Commission. Students led worship and presented special songs, skits and gave testimonies. Many people were touched by the power of the Spirit.