Pr. Isacka Vitus Ndaruhekeye
The University of Arusha is a Seventh-day Adventist institution. It offers holistic education, developing students spiritually, mentally, socially, and physically (Luke 2:52). Being a Christian institution, our system is based on solid moral values, and an intimate relationship with God. We cherish the diversity of faiths present at the university and respect the variances of beliefs that exist.
We come from the entire globe and from numerous faith-based traditions, some even without any religious beliefs. We are dedicated to sharing our beliefs with all people who join our university. The goal is to share what we believe practically (Matthew 28:18-20). People are encouraged to experience our planned worship services.
The work of God is the key to a successful life in this institution. We, therefore, encourage people to attain true freedom and apply it in their lives. This is the only way for them to happily use the acquired knowledge (John 8:32). Education without God is like a car without fuel. The university is strongly convinced to declare the scripture as the guide toward true prosperity here on earth and for eternity.
As the Chaplain of the University Church, together with the university administration, we have resolved to do the following spiritual exercises during the academic year 2021/2022:
- Revive worship by improving Wednesday Prayer Meeting, Friday Vespers, and Sabbath worship to foster the spiritual growth of worshippers (Acts 2:47).
- Design sustainable outreach ministries (Isaiah 52:7).
- Establish pastoral series on discipleship for faith development (2 Timothy 2:1-2).
- Visit university workers and students and apply pastoral care and counseling, collaborate with the university administration and church leadership to improve the spiritual life of students and workers (Hebrews 10:24, 25).
- Maintain the status of the University Church by considering leadership structure, spiritual master plan, and rightsizing in leadership (Acts 6:5, 7).
- Establish online media and have a Hope Channel studio for sharing the good news of salvation (Revelation 18:1; John 7:4).
- Design more nurturing programs for the youth (1 John 2:14).
- Form a strong church choir and encourage the existing singing groups to sing for the glory of God (2 Chronicles 20:21).
I do believe that God’s church will be revived and reformed as we concentrate on spiritual matters affecting the life of the University. May the blessings from our father in heaven be upon you all, now and forevermore, Amen.