OTC opens three new buildings
14 October 2016
Officer training college opens three new building
Three new buildings were officially opened yesterday at The Salvation Army Officer Training College by Colonels Andy & Yvonne Westrupp. The buildings were constructed by Jarahenco Ltd a local building company and funded by donors around the Salvation Army world.
The buildings comprised of a new Child Care Centre which was funded by the Australian Eastern Territory Women’s Ministries. This Child Care centre will play a very important role as it will help the staff & the cadet’s kids in their early learning stages.
The Helen Clifton Centre another building is funded by the family of late commissioner Helen Clifton to honour her ministry so that it could continue. Col Yvonne gave an insight into the life of late Commissioner Helen Clifton saying ‘she was someone who wanted to see people reach their potential, she encouraged people to learn, to grow, to develop and she was a qualified teacher. During her officership she taught in schools in Zimbabwe and Pakistan but she also loved to study God’s word in Theology and learn about the truths in the Bible.
Helen had a heart for women, to see women rise up in their communities so she worked as an advocate in women’s areas and issues also in human trafficking. She started the army’s international work in human trafficking also initiating a campaign called While Women Weep in UK Territory which was all about justice for women and children.
The centre opened in memory of Commissioner Helen Clifton creates a space which these things can be focused on where people can come and learn about the potential God has gifted them with.
Colonel Kelvin Alley in his speech also mentioned that this place will become a new place of learning about culture, Salvation Army teaching and Christian teaching which is great for The Salvation Army in this territory as a place of learning and development.
Another building opened was the Duplex accommodation which was funded by the USA Western Territory which will house the staff of the college. Colonel Kelvin went on to say how grateful the territory is for these new buildings and thanked the donors from around The Salvation Army world.
Mr Geita Geita and Peter from the Jarahenco Ltd then presented the keys of the three buildings to Colonels Andy Westrupp.
A brief financial report from Secretary for Business Administration Major Milton Collins stated that a total of K1014,29.00 was used for the construction of the three buildings which was all funded by three different donors.
The day ended with Colonel Andy offering a prayer of dedication prior to the unveiling of the plaque.
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