I on behalf of the entire Victory Bible Institute class (VBI) do take this great opportunity to first and foremost thank the Almighty Father and Lord for giving us an opportunity to grace this auspicious occasion on the first graduation of VBI through Father’s Hand Bible Training Institute. Allow me please to welcome all of you today to be a part of this great and exceptional occasion to celebrate the great works of the Lord as surely He has finished what He started, true to His wonderful word.
The class started on the 6th of February, 2012 with an initial student capacity of about 40 students which was later boosted to about 58 students. However, due to several constraints, the student population dwindled to about 44 who currently are graduating today. Out of the 58, 8 have so far been released through successful appeals at diverse stages in the course and hence the population you are witnessing today.
It has been a grueling tough war of over 400 hours of intensive study and it has been an exemplary example of great resilience on the part of the grandaunts as it was not an easy walk. For that, I want to specifically thank them for their courage and determination to walk as gallant soldiers of the Lord under the circumstances. It was, however, worthwhile as we have not come out of that season empty handed since we have learnt a lot and we can now boldly stand up to be counted as great ambassadors of Christ Jesus in Kenya, Africa and beyond for the whole world as this is what we have now been commissioned to do.
One cannot desire more unless one sees more and we now desire more because we have seen more aptly emblemized that “go is my name, do is my part and compassion is my heart”. Great revelation of the Rhema Word has it that we don’t need more revelation, action and interpolation, but action on what God has already declared. We don’t need more speculation, but more action in what the word of God says. We don’t need more pontification or perversity, introspection or deliberate pondering; we need more action in responding to people’s needs, more action to overcome fear with faith and more consecration or dedication to have more belief as emotions will never be a substitute for actions and that is what we are rededicating ourselves to do.
However, the chief guest of honour, we want to acknowledge that there were challenges along the way some surmountable and others insurmountable among them;
- Lack of enough stationery
- Language barriers
- DVD player and TV set
- Class Computer, Printer and consumables
We however, want to thank you for your concerned efforts, encouragement, understanding and love even when the going seemed impossible and the adage, therefore, that tough times require tough people came true.
We also want to thank our beloved and caring Mama and Dad, the County Prisons Commander Madam Wanini and Officer in Charge Mr. Maweu, the spiritual parents, Rev. Mutuku, our dear Chaplain in charge, Rev. Geoffrey K. Muiru, Pastors Matunda, Kitongo, Mutuamwari, Kariuki and all the other spiritual workers under him, the office of the welfare under the untiring Coii, Mr. Keah, Mr. Kirwa, Sgt. Chenenje and others, and our relatives who have been very supportive morally, spiritually, materially and in kind.
Finally, I would like to congratulate all the grandaunts for their deep commitment and unrelenting spirit to move on despite the circumstances and may God bless you all as we look forward to the commencement of the higher diploma the soonest possible.
May the great God who sees the deepest points of our hearts bless you abundantly.
CLASS LEADER/ REPRESENTATIVE
GEORGE GATIMU KARABA