How did it come to this? It wasn’t just a thought I dreamed up one night. Ordination has been suggested from time to time, even while we were in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika years ago. I often replied, “I think that I can minister to people better without having to be ordained.” Ever since I arrived here in Kondoa people have called me mchungaji which literally means pastor of a church. The three year Bible School course has four pastors amongst the students I teach, and most of the staff are pastors also. Chris questioned me at one point: “Isn't it rather strange you’re the Bible School Principal while caring pastorally for ordained people?”
For a third time I was asked to consider the possibility of putting my name forward for ordination. A lot of thought and prayer followed and, with a message through Chris saying “Don't be stubborn like a mule,” I had to consider that maybe I was being just that – stubborn. Our Bishop, Given Gaula, came round to ask for a second time. “What has the Lord been saying to you about ordination?” he asked. He was overjoyed when I agreed.
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