On December 19th, we culminated a year of intense learning and spiritual formation with 136 students from around the country receiving a certificate in either Old or New Testament from the Biblical Seminary of Colombia. There were a total of 10 “graduation” ceremonies around the country and following biosecurity protocols, Julio was able to be present to celebrate with the students. This is still possible as the government is allowing church gatherings of 25 people for the time being.
What immense joy to hear the testimonies of what this year has meant to them. In reality it was the pandemic that made it possible for the classes to be given virtually and for more people to participate. Many of them, like our friend Oto, overcame huge challenges to be able to participate. Financially it was a stretch for some people and one woman on the coast asked if she could pay for her module with a bushel of aji peppers. Still, everyone made the effort and thanks to scholarships, people who had never thought a biblical and theological education was possible were able to complete the year of study. So to be able to receive these certificates in-person was extremely significant for the students. They truly celebrated and gave thanks for the opportunity to be equipped as leaders. Below are some of the pictures from the celebrations.