Jerry Hogg- Newsletter Sept-Oct

The African Report
Newsletter: Jerry V. Hogg, 462 Amanda Circle, Knoxville, TN 37922
Email: September-October 2011
Sponsored by: Sunset Church of Christ, Sunset International Bible Institute, 3723 34th Street, Lubbock, TX 79410
Going straight from a very HOT summer in East Tennessee, with the Fall season approaching, into the much-cooler climate in the Southern Hemisphere was easy for me since I’ve done this many times before. Though warmer during the daylight hours, once the sun goes down in this part of Africa, the evenings can be more like Fall weather in the USA. I welcomed the cooler temperatures, and did not need to turn on any heat. The South Africans just put on another layer of clothing at times like these, a light jacket or "jersey" as they call what we know as a sweater.
Hornes Return Home From Their Travels
I lived at the Hornes from the time I got here 30 August until 10 September when they arrived home from New Zealand, where they not only visited their daughter, Lynda, and her husband, John Staiger, but Al & Donna both taught classes to respective groups there, and Al preached several times at the Morningside church in Auckland, where John is the minister. He met Lynda when he was a student at the Southern Africa Bible College many years ago. The Staigers have 3 kids, 2 daughters in their teens & a younger son.
Like everyone else at the Benoni church, the Hornes became absorbed in plans for this annual event, preparing lessons and anticipating the arrival of guests in their home. Though Bill & Bev Watkins were only able to stay with the Hornes two nights, the Hornes were, once again, their gracious hosts. It pleased us all to have Bill as the Sunday evening speaker, and hear his fantastic lesson early Monday morning before they headed for Cape Town with Paul & Hettie Gerber to participate in activities at the Somerset West church where the Gerbers work. The Gerbers are sponsored by the Crieve Hall church in Nashville, where Bill is the minister. The Hornes also hosted Greg Johnson upon his arrival on Mon. Afternoon of the Lectureship. Greg is an elder (and preacher) at the Shelby Valley church near Pikeville, KY that helps support us. We didn’t give Greg very long to recuperate from jet-lag as he presented the Tuesday evening main lecture, then taught a class on Wednesday.
During the lectureship, I had 3 American visitors staying in the flat next-door to mine: Bob Huff, Larry York & Keith Kesarjian. Keith has spoken before at the SABC lectureship. I assigned Bob to present one of the morning devotionals and Larry gave the "charge" to SABC’s third-year students at the Thursday evening banquet as they prepare for graduation and to take their place in the Lord’s church somewhere in Africa. Keith was the evening speaker on Monday and taught a class one day. We came to know Keith many years ago when he preached for the Main Street church in Pikeville. He has since moved to Montgomery, AL.
Yes, we say that every year, but most of the attendees at this year’s SABC Lectureship will agree with me. Several of our overseas guests said it was the very best lectureship they had ever attended. One unusual feature this year was the elective seminars on the subjects of "Christian Living," "Counselling" and "Leadership" that were available after lunch Monday thru Thursday. Bill Elliott was here and taught a class during the day as well.
After the lectureship, I took some of our guests from the USA to preach at the Tshidimbini church in Venda, returning to Benoni via Kruger National Park. Again on this trip, we saw all of the BIG FIVE (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion & leopard), plus many more animals in their natural habitat.
My next teaching trip was to Cape Town. Bob & Larry accompanied me there. Bill Elliott went to teach in Zimbabwe, and Greg Johnson left for Kentucky on 12 October. On the way to Cape Town, we visited Kimberley and saw the "big hole" where the first diamonds in SA were discovered. The Big Hole resulted from the mining process over the years. As we traveled Southwest, we passed through the Karoo, a desert area, where many kinds of buck and antelope roam freely. We also saw a lot of ostrich along the way. On Sunday, we left after preaching at the Central church in Cape Town, where Benedict Little (SABC graduate) and his family labor for the Lord. We worshiped at Sledgeville with the van der Walt family (SABC graduate) on Sunday night. We spent the night in East London with a former Benoni family, the McLarens. We traveled along what is called the Garden Route, a beautiful area. Returning to Benoni, Bob and Larry left for their homes in the States.
I especially wanted to share this article and photo (below) with our readers, so you can see some results of the Bible College graduates. Nick Dekker was part of the very first SABC class Eldred Echols and Al Horne taught at the "preaching" school back in the ‘60's. Ann and I have visited Swaziland many times over the years. John Hardin and I taught at the school, held tent meetings in the area, baptized a lot of people, and helped establish several congregations.
ACC’s first teacher, Nick Dekker, called home
Nick Dekker (ACC's first teacher) and Elias Simelane (an early student) in front of the house Nick built forty years earlier. You can see Al Horne in the background also taking photos.
In June 1966, Nick Dekker traveled with his family from Benoni in South Africa to Matsapha in Swaziland. His church commission was to establish a school at which to train men for the preaching ministry of the churches of Christ.
Bro. Dekker leased a farmhouse from Mrs. Nxaba next to the property which was purchased as the site on which to establish Manzini Bible School (later African Christian College). He established a local congregation which started meeting at the Dekker home. In 1967, construction of the Round House began and it was completed in 1968.
Nick Dekker and Jesse Brown taught classes from 0700 to 1200 and the land was farmed from 1400 (2:00 p.m.) onwards. The team raised maize and groundnuts as cash crops that were sold in order for students to be supplied with other foodstuffs. Growing beans was difficult because the Reedbuck in the area usually ate the bean crop, until they were given permission to hunt Reedbuck.
In 1967, David Makhubu arranged for king Sobuza Dlamini II’s advisor to put Bro. Dekker on the roll to preach to about 5,000 people. The ruling was that the preacher was expected to preach and answer questions until such time that the king asked him to sit down. That day Bro. Dekker preached and taught in fluent Zulu for eight hours. The king gave Bro. Dekker permission to walk into, and preach, at any church in Swaziland. Only the Roman Catholic Church and the Assemblies of God refused to comply with this arrangement.
The Dekkers and their co-workers worked tirelessly and by 1972, fourteen Manzini Bible School students preached to 26 congregations every Sunday. Bro Dekker and his family left Swaziland in January 1972. Nick Dekker continued to serve the Lord until he was called home on 20 September 2011. The event that brought him great joy during his final moments here was the baptism of his youngest grandson Hennie Dekker. Filed Under: ACC News
At this time, another SABC graduate is the director of the training program at ACC in Swaziland, Kurt Platt. They now raise macadamia nuts on the farm.
My return on 27 October was anticipated by both Ann and me. Traveling and speaking is great, but it’s always good to go home again. We appreciated everyone that attended the Lectureship this year. It really was wonderful to see so many from the USA and from all over Africa. Those who contribute funds for our work here are very special. God bless all of you who help us continue the Lord’s work in Africa.
– Jerry & Ann Hogg