-Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the University of the Free States in Bloemfontein in the Republic of South Africa, Francois Tolmie, has urged Justo Mwale Theological University (JMTUC) graduating students to put the community first in their work.
Prof Tolmie said the knowledge and experience the students gained will be of no use if it stays only in their heads because they have a gigantic task ahead of them of working for the Church and the community.
He made the appeal today at the graduating ceremony of 70 Theological students at Justo Mwale Theological University College in Lusaka.
Prof Tolmie said the skills they acquired must be used to change the lives of those suffering in various communities who are either sick or less privileged in society.
He noted that most students study Theology because there is some personal commitment and a relationship to God as the number one reason.
And Rector of Justo Mwale Theological University College, Edwin Zulu, said the 70 graduating students were trained in Women’s Ministry, Christian Stewardship and sustainability, Christian Missions and Theology.
Dr Zulu further said the graduating students were ably equipped to apply their Biblical skills and knowledge to their context for the benefit of the people they save.
He stated that there are many issues affecting people today such as HIV/AIDS, child defilement, corruption, Gender Based Violence and TB and malaria among others.
Dr Zulu urged graduating students to deny living in utopia of heaven and neglect issues affecting the people at the expense of future remedy.