Graduation Day

Saturday was graduation day at nearby Dogon Gao Bible School, which sits on one corner of the Danja site. Dogon Gao is run by SIM’s partner church EERN, and we have quite a lot of interaction for various reasons.

Anyway, the invitation was extended to attend graduation day, where seven graduates were celebrating completing the four-year course. It’s a big occasion, and the representatives from many different churches across the region made the journey to take part.

The choir get ready outside the church.

The choir get ready outside the church.

The band from the church in Danja village came to add to the celebrations.

The band from the church in Danja village came to add to the celebrations.

The graduates danced in wearing specially made uniforms.

The graduates danced in wearing specially made uniforms.

Just about every pastor in attendance got up to say something!

Just about every pastor in attendance got up to say something!

As is the way with these things, just about every pastor in attendance had a chance to say something, so the service went on for a while! It was a great chance to share in the celebrations though. Many of the graduating class are familiar to us as they live at Dogon Gao, and often would help out with work needing done around Danja – one man replaced all the bug screens on our windows a while back! There was a fun morning a couple of months ago where they all came over to the compound for lunch too.

Hopefully several of these guys will go on to work as evangelists in one of the major denominations. Some might work for a few years before going on for advanced training.

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