SOP Symposium: The Bible, the Spirit of Prophecy and the Church

The first historic Spirit of Prophecy (SOP) Symposium in Africa titled The Bible, the Spirit of Prophecy, and the Church took place from Wednesday evening, 27th July 2016 to 30th July 2016 at the Adventist University of Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.

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The Symposium was organized by the Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office in collaboration with the Ellen G. White Estate. It was graced by 181 church leaders, pastors and lay people from across the African continent. These were representatives from all the three Divisions in Africa as well as the General Conference.

The opening presentation by Dr. Merlin Burt, the director of the White Estate Branch Office at Andrews University, was on The Foundational Orientation of Ellen White’s Prophetic Ministry. He revealed how Ellen White was a prophet “to” Scripture and all her writings intentionally focused toward the Bible and the love of God in Jesus Christ. The Bible and not her writings are to be the basis for all doctrinal faith and practice. Ellen White endeavoured to present the matchless charms of Christ to all men. She brought out the depth and breadth of the humanity of Christ Jesus and the parental love of the Heavenly Father.

SOP Speaker James Nix


Elder James Nix, the director of the Ellen G. White Estate, General Conference, lavished the delegates with story after story of the person, Ellen White. One delegate commented it was like “sitting by the fire, with grandpa telling stories.”


The Friday vespers program was filled with beautiful hymns and songs that Ellen White loved, weaved in with several narratives by Elder Nix to the audience. The congregation crescendoed with the hymn “Sweet By and By,” which was the last known hymn that Sis. White sang two weeks before her death on 16th July 1915.



Some of the topics that were addressed during this Symposium included the historical reflections and Sola Scriptura, revelation and inspiration of God in the Writings of Ellen White, and the guiding principles on studying and practical application to the Bible and Ellen White’s writings. These were presented by Dr. Alberto Timm, associate director of the Ellen G. White Estate, Dr. Anna Galeniece, director of the Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office (EGWEBO) at Adventist University of Africa.

Other presenters spoke on various aspects of the Spirit of Prophecy in relation to EGW’s contribution to work of the church, effective diversity leadership habits, developing love for Ellen White counsels in the 21st century, reaching the millennials, Adventist education in Africa, health reform, contemporary prophetic ministry in Africa, mission leadership, and worship.

The rigour and thoroughness of the presenters was very impressive as some delegates commented. In fact, one delegate, a district pastor from Zimbabwe, said he was personally challenged to organise a similar Symposium in his territory. One young delegate affirmed that he would “read and apply, reread and apply” the counsels of Ellen White on his personal life.

Another church leader from the Uganda Union Conference confessed to that fact that the Symposium had helped him see Sister White’s personal spirituality to a deeper level. He spoke of how, prior to the Symposium, he “would scheme through her books for counsel on a few things here and there, but never quite seen her for who she really was—gentle, kind, courteous, human—a person just like us!”   

The Symposium closed with a Consensus Statement of which the delegates reaffirmed their “unconditional commitment to the Bible as the inspired Word of God, and to the theological and practical guidance and end-time applications given in Ellen White’s writings.” 

Upcoming SOP Symposium 27-30 July 2016


The staff of the Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office (EGWEBO) at Adventist University of Africa welcome each one of you to this grand event on the African continent – the first Spirit of Prophecy Symposium titled The Bible, the Spirit of Prophecy and the Church.

EGWEBO was officially opened on 12 November 2013. It has been committed to acquiring and preserving a complete collection of Ellen G. White writings in their duplicate forms together with other church heritage materials. At the same time, the staff assist the patrons in their research and promote the life, ministry, and writings of God’s messenger across the continent.


In 2015, the Seventh-day Adventist Church commemorated 100 years since the death of Ellen White. This fact testifies that with every passing year, there is a widening gap between her time and our time, and the interpretation of her writings in relation to the African culture. While the majority of Adventists in Africa believe in the Spirit of Prophecy, there are many who have not fully embraced the message as it should be because of one or another reason. That is why this symposium's purpose is to bring people’s attention back to the writings of Ellen White while uplifting Jesus Christ and His Word in the contemporary Adventist Church in Africa.


We hope that you will be blessed by the presentations, Question-and-Answer sessions, inspirational thoughts, singing, prayers, fellowship, and meals together. Enjoy the symposium and be richly blessed!


The key presenters from the White Estate at the General Conference, together with other presenters from the continent are going to deal with biblical and SOP topics on the given theme during the 27-30 July 2016 event.

The registration fee of USD 50 is in effect only before the 30th of June, 2016. After this date, the registration fee in effect will be USD 55. The fee includes three lunches (Thursday, Friday, and Sabbath) and a banquet-style dinner on Thursday evening.

Lodging is not included in the price, and its reservations will be made and paid by the attendees themselves.

For registration and inquiries please contact Mercy Chebichiy

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5th AUA Graduation Weekend

A weekend program from Friday evening consecration, Sabbath baccalaureate, and Sunday’s commencement was the unfolding of the 5th AUA Graduation Ceremony held from 17th to 19th June 2016. The graduating class of 31 students had the theme “Commitment, Perseverance, Excellence.”

Consecration Service

The consecration program was graced by Pr. Alain Colarie (MDiv and MTh), the ECD Executive Secretary whose main thrust of the message was on Joseph’s experience. He accentuated that Joseph’s success was not a result of a “miracle but of industry, care, and energy” (Ellen White). He said that God was glorified by the faithfulness of his servant and God blessed his efforts. He spoke of how God will take his children through the best university-University of Adversity (UoA) as he had done for Moses, Joshua, David, Isaiah, Emmanuel, among many others. He emphasized how “God uses painful experiences to mature us.”

He urged the graduates to:

  • Not shy away from work,
  • Keep improving, be a student for life, search for ways to grow
  • Follow through with excellence—quality is not an accident
  • Accomplish more than expected.
  • Motivate and inspire others
  • Live a life of integrity

How then did Joseph succeed? By continual connection with God, as only God can reward our efforts, extend our sphere of influence, and give promotion. He is a faithful God.

Baccalaureate Service

Dr.Samuel Makori (DMin) was the speaker during the baccalaureate service on Sabbath. He pointed to Paul who manifested the greatest level of commitment for he chose “to spend and be spent” for the cause of Christ Jesus despite all the obstacles, disappointments, threats, and challenges he experienced. He urged the graduates to have:

  • Dedication to any activity with the strictest degree to commitment
  • Steady persistence on a course of action, in spite of difficulties
  • Excellence where one surpasses ordinary circumstances, moving from an acceptable standard to the extraordinary

The occasion was graced by the Bridal Choir which means, according to the director, that the choir is preparing the church (the bride) to meet the bridegroom, which is Jesus Christ, our Lord. Their performance was so good that the students wanted an "encore". So an extra song (rendered in Swahili) was added to the program impromptu, at the request of the graduating class.

Vice Chancellor Reception

The graduates gave tribute to God—“this was the Lords doing, it was marvelous in our eyes,”—thanked God for good health, provision of finances, supporting family members especially those with spouses, the AUA faculty, advisors, readers, editors, and their sponsors.

The Vice Chancellor committed to giving an eBook to each graduating student as a new tradition during the Vice-Chancellor’s Reception. 



Commencement Service


The main graduation service on Sunday officially opened by a declaration from the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Delbert Baker. He began by giving a statement on the height, depth, length, and breadth of AUA:


  • The heights of AUA: AUA is experimenting eternal things through gaining in the knowledge of God and passing on to others values that will make a difference wherever students, staff, and faculty are.
  • The depths of AUA: AUA was contributing to making the greatest contribution to the church through education. There were plans to launch the Ph.D. in Leadership program in the coming year and that AUA was looking for ways to develop relevant programs including online programs and increasing extension campuses.
  • The length of AUA: AUA students, faculty, and staff intend to influence the community surrounding AUA.
  • The breadth of AUA: Strengthening the base of the Institution’s infrastructure. He spoke of the construction of the students’ tower that will offer modern accommodation and of the apartments for faculty and adjuncts who come from around the world. There were also plans to build a sanctuary, in collaboration with ECD, Maxwell, and other divisions. 

 He thanked the Strategic Development Partners (SDP) for their continued support and called upon more donors and willing supporters to support the Institution for the expansion and growth of AUA.

 Guest Speaker’s Remarks

 The main speaker of the commencement service, Prof. Shellemiah O. Keya (Ph.D.) is a man of wide experience, an author, a researcher with a calling for agriculture.

Using the theme of the graduating class: commitment, perseverance, and excellence, he pointed out that they should be understood in a biblical perspective. That means that a good leader should be committed and be persevering while pursuing excellence. He urged all graduates to be preoccupied with the Lord’s work and “in everything you do, commit it to the Lord, whether in work or relationships.”

 He referred to Philippians 4:8 where the apostle Paul talks about excellence. He challenged the students to live in the world, better the society with an eye on heaven.

 He expounded on perseverance, saying it means “to hold on, to have staying power, and to be committed to a goal in spite of disappointments and adversity. This would make the difference for the world.” He urged the students to not be weary in well-doing for in due season they shall reap good results. “You cannot defeat a man who refuses to quit.” He asked the students to take ownership of the goal they set for themselves and that it would be the key to success, it will reward, it will develop and amplify one’s motivation; lead to attaining breakthroughs and therefore, make it your profession, calling, and commitment.

 Prof. Keya explained the significance of education in the world in general and in Africa in particular. He stated that in as much as there has been real progress made in the domain of education, namely the establishment of more schools, there was still need for more—more educators, more experts, more Ph.D. holders at private and public institutions. He underscored the fact that Africa is at a cross-road to finance education and there is a need to make it self-sustainable. There is also a need for more African philanthropists who will support African education in terms of fellowships and scholarships.

 The guest speaker stated that AUA is strategically placed for the times since it offers holistic education at a postgraduate level (the first private chartered university in Kenya that focuses strictly on postgraduate studies). He further noted that education infused with the knowledge of God brings true success. He, therefore, encouraged holistic education, cohesion, inclusion, and celebration of diversity. He related how even those who are not Seventh-day Adventists seem to have high expectations towards Adventists in general. He challenged the graduates to prepare, develop, and innovate practical solutions to help Africa.

 In order for AUA to respond to these expectations, he encouraged AUA to:

  • Offer more Ph.D. programs
  • Increase the University’s infrastructural development
  • Open up to the community by offering programs that would cater for their needs
  • Periodically review the AUA programs to meet the market needs in a systematic way

Finally, Prof. Keya called the graduates to an unswerving loyalty to God and to the service of God, with a keen eye on long-term results. According to him, this is central to high achievement.


 The Charge

 The VC reminded the graduates that the privilege of earning a degree from AUA comes with a great responsibility. Having been given “the most powerful weapon to change the world” (Nelson Mandela), he urged the graduates to impact any corner they are placed in, to represent integrity, respect and love to humanity as they grow in excellence.

 Finally, the VC in his charge ended with two simple words, “GO ON!” He repeated it severally, in a crescendo and the students got the message.

Student Response to the Charge

“We are honoured to be counted among those who have gone through AUA. It was a long journey, and sometimes we thought we would never see the end. We were often tired and discouraged, but here we are. AUA has impacted our lives greatly. We pledge to carry the name of our Alma Mater with the respect it deserves. We will not disappoint. We will not settle for mediocrity. We will strive for excellence in all our endeavours. We shall deny ourselves and follow Jesus, the Author, and Finisher of our faith. We accept the challenge.”

Technology in Education Consultative Meeting Opening Ceremony

The Higher Education Consultative meeting brought together various players in higher education, health, and information technology sectors of the Seventh-day Adventist Church from the East-Central Africa Division. The meeting was officially opened by the Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology-Kenya, Dr. Fred Matiangi, at the Adventist University of Africa. Delegates included church leaders, especially leaders of educational institutions and information technology specialists focusing on the theme “Technology in Education.”

articletechineducsmatiangicropDr. Matiangi stated that the Adventist church does not only provide mere education but is charged to provide unique quality education for life. He noted how over the last six decades, higher education had grown not only in Kenya but similar patterns have been seen across the African continent, and this growth will affect how knowledge will be imparted. He said that there is a concerted effort by the Government and international and regional bodies such as the World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB) and many others to propagate for effective, relevant, and quality education for the labour market.

The Cabinet Secretary (CS) spoke about four major challenges facing higher education in Africa: relevance, quality, accessibility, and affordability.

He challenged the delegates to venture into designing new curricula to meet the specific and relevant needs of the continent. He said that whereas African institutions have courses on arts and humanities, there is need to invest in science, technology, and innovation so as to meet the current need of the African labour market.

While there is a noted growth in higher education in Africa, the greater question, the CS said we should ask, ourselves is whether it is growing qualitatively and/or quantitatively? He stated that research—accurate data and information—is critical to higher education and policy development and that the Kenyan Government has plans to increase the current budget from 0.5% GDP to 5% GDP for research. He spoke of the need to acquire capable faculty to guide quality research within each institution.

The CS emphasized on the need to develop creative, innovative, and aggressive ways of partnership and raising resources to finance higher education. Otherwise, dependence on private resources would take much longer for infrastructure growth and development. He challenged the leaders to develop proposals to tap into the available opportunities, grants, and funds—in World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB) among others—to grow and drive their institutions much farther and faster.

articletechinedudrmungerpresenThe CS said that access to quality higher education in Kenya is still a challenge due to several obstacles such as a lack of policy frameworks. There was, therefore, need to capitalize on virtual technology and aggressively take advantage of technology to develop and operationalize robust, online programs. He pointed out that the Church was growing much faster than it was building the capacity of the church ministers and leaders to meet the needs of the members. He advocated for online programs—the creation of open universities—to grant opportunities for more people to study and meet the growing demands for education and capacity building.

Dr. Matiangi mentioned how technology will help leverage higher education costs as it overcomes the barriers of geography and space, hence greatly reducing education costs and thus making it more affordable.

The Cabinet Secretary underscored the fact that the future is going to be shaped by the 3Ds: data, design, and devices. He said that with the growing use of smartphones and the push for the expansion of the broadband footprint across the globe, most businesses will be driven by mobile technology. With innovations such as M-pesa, M-Cow, mHealth in Kenya, he was looking forward to M-Sermons, M-Vespers among other innovative technologies in the church.

He challenged the ECD Education Director, Dr. Andrew Mutero, and the Vice Chancellors present to have a definitive strategy of investing in ICT, to rethink how they manage their programs to increase their potential, to be open and courageous in growth and to professionalize their Christian responsibilities.

He finished by stating that there is “No nobler call, no greater duty than the responsibility to serve God and our fellow men with courage and commitment.” 


ECD Higher Education Consultative Meeting

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 East-Central Africa Division Higher Education Consultative Meeting
June 22-26, 2016
Theme: Technology in Education

Wednesday June 22, 2016  
Biblical foundations for Technology in Education Adam Fenner  
State of the University Tech Reports UEAB  
Technology in Health Profession Tammi Thomas  
Setting up and Maintaining ICT equipment in an
African University
Abraham Idowu   
Delivering MPH in Blended Online Environment
using Moodle
Daniel Ganu  
Creating Quality Blended Learning Environment  Adam Fenner  
Clinic Performance Assessment using Technology
and Simulations
Tammi Thomas & D
State of the University Tech Report AUA & AUCA  
Thursday June 23, 2016  
State of the University Technology Reports Arusha & Bugema  

AAA & IBE Distance Learning Policies

AAA Complete Handbook, 2013

Mike Lekic   
Where the Rubber meets the Road: A Practical
Application of the Use of Computers for Distance
Education in an African Context
Willard Munger   
 Moving from Traditional Classroom to Blended
Online Learning
 Adam Fenner  
 Technology online  Adam Fenner  
Cyber Security for the Educational Professional            Willard Munger  
 Technology and Simulations resources for Health
Profession Education with LLU
 Tammi Thomas & D
 State of the University Tech Reports  EAC & Lukanga &
Philip Lemon University
 Friday June 24, 2016  
 University ICT Budgetary Issues  Abraham Idowu  
 How to Use Moodle [lab session]  Lossan Bonde  
 Technology online [lab session]  Adam Fenner  
 Technology in Health Profession [lab session]  Tammi Thomas  
 Cyber Security for the Educational Professional [lab session]  Willard Munger  
 Faculty Development for Technology [lab session]  Adam Fenner