World Bible School workers find ‘unforgettable blessing’ in Africa
Many more baptisms are expected in the weeks to come, as Zimbabwean Christians continue the work, said Kevin Rhodes, vice president for development for the Texas-based ministry, supported by Churches of Christ.
Led by John Reese, WBS president, 11 campaigners conducted follow-up lessons with Zimbabweans who had completed correspondence Bible lessons.
The nation of 13 million souls suffers from poverty, unemployment and political conflicts. Yet, the country is home to hundreds of thousands of active WBS students, Rhodes said. The majority study through postal mail because of limited Internet access.
“People are seeking spiritual answers even though there appear to be none for their physical circumstances,” Reese said.
Working with Zimbabwean Christians, the campaigners conducted six seminars, taught 41 classes and preached 17 sermons in the 12-day period.
Campaigner Gale Scott witnessed the baptisms of three of her own WBS students.
“I’d heard of many of my students being baptized in the past,” she said, “but to actually be there to see it — it’s just an unforgettable blessing.”