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Recent Grad Puts Education to Work

June 16, 2011

2011 graduate Franklyn J. Macavoray (MAEM) recently participated in a two-week conference that brought 350 pastors and church leaders in Sierra Leone together for encouragement and training. This conference was held from the 14th to the 28th of March in the nation's capital of Freetown and in Bo, a city in the southern part of the country.

This interdenominational gathering was the first of its kind in Sierra Leone since that country’s civil war ended in 2002. Its organizers, including Franklyn, hope that it will serve as a first step toward strengthening the church’s influence there.

The conference was focused on “the need for pastors to be working together to achieve the Great Commission,” Franklyn said. “Christ was a servant leader, and as a church, we need to imitate Christ.”

Conducted against the “backdrop of a dwindling number of Christians” in the country, the conference provided training in counseling, justice, reconciliation and the role of women in the culture. Some of the conference was particularly directed toward youth.

“We look forward to having a similar conference next year and treasure prayers for the Lord to really touch the hearts of leaders in my country to be servants leaders,” he said.

Franklyn, who spoke at the conference and helped lead some of its sessions, credits his Gordon-Conwell education with preparing him both for this conference and for his future ministry in Sierra Leone.

For instance, during the second day of the gathering, he presented an exegesis paper on Gen. 2:18, in which he argued from Scripture for greater respect toward women in a culture that often considers them second-class citizens. Franklyn attributes his exegetical skills and his own transformed thinking to his Gordon-Conwell experience.

That paper and his work at the conference are just the beginning of how Franklyn hopes to use the knowledge and skills gained while earning his MAEM degree in his future ministry. After he finishes a Master of Arts in Counseling at Gordon-Conwell next year, he will return to his wife, Martha, and young son, Daniel, to continue transforming Sierra Leone for Christ.