Response Speech to the Signing of the Agreement between UP and LTS-Tshwane, Pretoria, June 8th 2011.
Distinguished guests, delegates of representatives of various institutions present here, the individuals who did the much of the hard with the sweat of their brains during long hours on intense concentration, to craft a Protocol Document that would respond to the needs and the mission of both our institutions, ladies and gentlemen, good morning!
It’s surely an honour to be asked to respond to this signing on behalf of the LTS-Tshwane and its Shareholders.
First and foremost we wish to express our deepest gratitude to the University of Pretoria for being so magnanimous and willing to listen to our story. It has been our desire as well as those before us to have a tertiary institution as a neighbour, not merely geographically but importantly academically.
The journey of our seminary has been long to get here, it began in the former E-Transvaal, now Mpumalanga, moved to the former Natal, now KZN, to its present locations down Arcadia street.
Though we are a small institution and UP being a giant that it is, we nevertheless do not underestimate the contribution we will bring into this relationship in line with a Setswana sage that says, “a big river needs rivulets to flow”. LTS-Tshwane impacts the lives of many future pastors and leaders on the African continent with its pastoral formation course and others, from West African to the horn of the Mother land. Our contribution might not be evident initially but surely will in time.
The areas covered by the Agreement will certainly challenge our institution to strive for excellence in its theological training, as well as in assisting our students to position their studies meaningfully in the lives of their people later, and finally to continue the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ, viz., bringing individuals and peoples to Him.
May the spirit and the letter of this document continue to inspire us to search for more ways of co-operation in the future.