On the 15th of May, Cedar College of Education, show-cased the university's cultural diversity by hosting a Cultural Evening. Students were encouraged to display their traditional dress, food/ cuisine, cultural idiosyncrasies and traits. Nine out of the total eighteen cultures presently accounted for at the college chose to participate in the first leg of this exciting event.
Proudly holding the flag high for their cultures were the Xhosa culture, the Indian culture, the Sudanese culture, the Afrikaans culture, the Swiss culture, the Dutch culture, the Zulu culture, the Swati culture, the Ndebele culture and lastly the culture that united everyone, the Christian culture.
This year the students felt led by the Lord to go to the new KwaSizabantu mission Magqogo in the Tugela valley. The purpose of the outreach is to broaden the students' missionary exposure and experience, and at the same time give them an opportunity to be partakers in spreading the Gospel, apart from their normal study duties.
The 4th year student body comprises of 13 students, representing six countries (Belgium, Germany, Lesotho, Rwanda, France and South Africa).
The main purpose is to reach out to the young people in the area, where there are four primary schools and two high schools.
The doors are wide open to spread the Gospel and the group is invited to take the openings (assemblies) with the Word of God and choir singing. Academic help is also offered to Gr 12 learners wherever there is a need.
A fun day took place on Saturday where about 130 young people turned up. The programme stretched from 10.30 to 17.00. There were games, (volleyball, netball, soccer, tug-of-war, relays, etc.) puppet shows, testimony and a devotion.
Christian films are shown in the evenings using a mobile projector as there is no electricity in the area.
"The dungeon became to me as if it were a palace"
These words were uttered by a young woman about 22 years of age, from Carthage in North Africa. This is the true story about the first Christian lady persecuted for her faith that has been documented in the history of our Church and who lived in the year 203 A.D.
Perpetua had recently given birth to a baby boy and had also been put in the dungeon because she would not disown her Christian faith. She kept a diary of her prison experience, possibly the first document we have from the hands of Christian woman. At first Perpetua was not allowed to have her baby with her in prison. Then the authorities relented and permitted her to nurse and care for the child. All at once, she reported, she began to feel better and her health returned. The prison then became her palace and she adds that she was content to stay there.
All this from a young woman of considerable wealth and education! Dire circumstances did not defeat her. The prospect of torture could not break her spirit. She demonstrated how, for a believer, external conditions in the final analysis are not as important as out attitudes toward them. Simply put, with Christ as Lord they feasted upon an inner joy that enabled them to meet with serenity of spirit whatever came their way.
The man from Cyrene gazes at the brutal cross... At the lifeless body of the Nazarene. Since early childhood , Simon of Cyrene had expected the Messiah. A Simple Carpenter. He taught humility and submission - even to gentile roman authority - under whose cruel oppression Simon suffered. Simon longed that the Messiah would rather crush Rome and restore Israel to glory; so he rejected this Man.
His wife, Deborah and son, Rufus, experienced an irresistible attraction to the Nazarene while his oldest son, Alexander, was in the service of the hated Romans. In his long quest for the truth, Simon is forced to flee his native country. His family is torn apart and finally he is forced to carry the cross of the Man he hates so much. Now this Jesus is dead and Simon's quest continues...
On the 21st of August, 2010, the students of CCE performed a docu-drama on the life of Samuel Kaboo Morris, a young tribal prince from Liberia. Set in the late 1800's the drama follows the life of Sammy, as he was affectionately known, from his capture and torture by a hostile tribe in Liberia to his death at the age of 20 in the USA.
All students at CCE are required to sing in the College Choir. The Choir produced their first CD album in recent years. Besides singing at the annual graduation ceremony, the Choir often performs in the Kwasizabantu Mission Auditorium during conferences, youth meetings and church services held at the Mission.
Some of the songs sung by the Choir have also been edited into video clips and posted on Youtube by friends of CCE. They can be found at the following links:
A four-day first aid course is included in the second year students' curriculum. The level one course equips students to be life savers in an emergency situation with CPR, treating a snake bite, cardiac arrest, shock, burns, wounds and so forth. This meaningful exercise encourages students to serve practically in the community with their acquired skills.