Pouring rain didn’t dampen the spirits on May 22 as ground was broken for the James Gribble Leadership Training Center in Central African Republic (C.A.R.). It marks the beginning of a project that will develop a 10-acre site on the north side of Bangui to include a seminary, a school of youth ministry, a school of evangelism, and provide a place for equipping lay people.
At the ceremony Dr. Francois Ngoumape, dean of the Brethren Biblical Seminary and Bible Institute, received a government decoration as officer in the Order of Academic Palm for his 20 years of service.
The event, which took place in the pouring rain, was attended by government officials, African nationals, American representatives of Grace Brethren International Missions (GBIM), and guests gathered to celebrate the beginnings of a huge project which by God’s grace will grow into the Grace Brethren Seminary and other leadership training facilities.
Participating in the ceremony was the C.A.R. Minister of National Education, Ambroise Zawa. “This project is the best way, better than mobilizing billions of dollars for war,” Mr. Zawa remarked.