Graduation Time South of the Equator, PNG Style!

When you teach in Papua New Guinea, your students graduate in December, not June. Here’s a report from Jan and Doug Hanson at the Christian Leaders’ Training College.*


CLTC grads

     One thing we like about the southern hemisphere calendar is that the end of the academic year is truly the end of the year. As we reflect upon 2014, we celebrate with and reflect on the newly graduated students that we are sending forth into ministry.

     For some, they will return to their home churches and carry on the ministry tasks set before them. For others, they will begin a teaching ministry in a small denominational Bible college. For a few, they will obtain further training to become Religious Education teachers in the public school system. A few of our Masters graduates (pictured above), after a visit home with friends and family, will return to CLTC and begin work as teachers of Bible and theology.

     As our students scatter across the South Pacific in all directions, please remember them in prayer: for their transitions back into their own culture, for joyous reunions with family and friends, for a willingness to serve where they are called, and for their leadership and impact amongst their people.

Christian Leaders’ Training College…. Training men and women
of the South Pacific
for Christian leadership in today’s world.


*I always love seeing the colors on graduate student’s robes. It reminds me of my own law school graduation almost 30 years ago.

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3 Responses to Graduation Time South of the Equator, PNG Style!

  1. janehinrichs says:

    I love how colorful this picture is!

  2. Jeannie says:

    I agree about the colours. And the pride on the faces — really nice picture.

  3. Aimee Byrd says:

    I love reading reports like these. It is great to see some positive news stories. Thanks for sharing this, Tim.

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