01 December 2008

GBI Graduation

On Saturday we held our first official graduation...

30 of our pioneer students graduated on Saturday but my favorite part of the weekend was the grad party on Friday... for 3 hours student gave testimonies from the first days of GBI...

Never thought I'd be enjoying a 3 hour ceremony of speeches out in the sun..

Stories about students sleeping in the library, kitchen and classrooms... showing up weeks before half the staff were hired... eating posho and beans for lunch and dinner 6 months straight... and as crazy as it sounds they were laughing and cheering for each story... they know that they made sacrifices to be part of something great and at the end the were proud of the school they helped to pioneer...

I didn't get any pictures inside... which would have been weird since I was the MC... but here are the shots I got before hand...


The graduates lining up outside... wearing grad robes and a suit in 100 degree heat was a challenge for me but none of the students seemed to mind...


A group shot of the teaching staff...


A personal highlight of the weekend... Rev. Antonio was one of my first students in Uganda... back in 2006 at Uganda Christian University... 2 years later he sent his wife Miriam to study computers at GBI while he completed his senior year... since I have been a teacher to both he is now insisting that I visit their diocese in Congo next year...


Had to include this shot... apart from the fact that I'm wearing a suit... the bars in the window... and the Landcruiser in the background... this could totally be a grad picture from the US...


Me and Kents... the first student I ever met at GBI... the most frequent visitor to my office... and one of the many students I will miss seeing around the campus in '09...

5 comments:

John said...

Jeff, as a nerd, I would really like some details about the grads. How many? Where are they off to work? etc.
What an amazing event. You should be gratified knowing that the Lord brought these students to GBI expressly for His glory to carry out His great commission.
PS: you look like a school official.

Steve Pyfrom and Nadia Sheaffer said...

Dude,

You had the SteveBro in America, and now the SteveBro of Uganda (Kents) is offically out from underneath you as well...

who's going to replace him?

SteveBro

Miss you man! Hope you are doing well. You starting to get some gray hairs now? eh?

Matt b said...

this is exciting stuff, jeff! do you give some report to the iod about stuff like this? if not, you should! it's great to hear the stories and see the faces of your students. thanks for putting these pics up here.

i haven't been to your blog in too long. i'm glad i'm looking it over now.
matt

Jeff said...

John

From one nerd to another...

30 students graduated... some will be pastors, church planters, worship leaders, missionaries, teachers and social workers...

Thanks for asking!

Jeff said...

John

From one nerd to another...

30 students graduated... some will be pastors, church planters, worship leaders, missionaries, teachers and social workers...

Thanks for asking!