SATS Newsletter 9th October 2015

Taking the distance out of distance education

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Have you enrolled for your next course yet? We encourage our students to complete at least one course every term to maintain momentum.




As we entered springtime, with our annual celebratory spring day lunch, we also reached the anniversary of when we first heard we would be moving to the new premises in Bryanston. The past month has also seen several exciting developments at the seminary. Keep on reading to find out more…


Spring Day Lunch

Every year at the beginning of September, SATS celebrates spring with a staff lunch. In the past this has taken the form of an Asian-style stir-fry, or pack-your-own paninis. This year we were treated to some home-cooked briyani, with poppadoms and all the trimmings! What a feast, and what a wonderful reminder of all that God has done for SATS in the past year, as we sit in the beautiful gardens of the Bryanston campus. Thank you to Lonel, Sharon, Chris and their team for providing catering fit for royalty!


It is always a wonderful encouragement for the SATS family when we get feedback, like this excerpt (see on the right) from an MTh student’s assignment.

Thank you for the kind words Lisa-Claire! We give God all the glory for working in the hearts of our students through the coursework, and the feedback of our tutors and supervisors.


“…..The pivotal course that sold me to SATS as an institution and one that does ‘walk the talk’ was “The Words and Works of Jesus” (BIB1123)…. I’d like to thank Kevin for the way in which he carefully tried to harmonise all the gospels throughout the course. I appreciate the fact that he always held the Bible as being true to itself in all ways. I found that refreshing and added to my faith over and above learning more about who Jesus was and what He taught” 
 Lisa-Claire Garden, current MRS5240 student

Strategic Planning Meeting



On 7 and 8 September, SATS’ Senior Management and Heads of Schools conducted the strategic planning meeting for 2016. The coming year is an extra special year for us, as SATS looks forward to celebrating its 20th anniversary. We will be posting more about this in the months to come.

We want to extend our sincere thanks to all those who were praying for us during our time of planning. We seek God’s will and wisdom in anticipation of the upcoming new year, full of possibilities!


The past weeks have also seen SATS begin the construction of a new media facility. This space is being specially designed and constructed to be a state-of-the-art facility for sound and video recording, which will also double as an occasional seminar room. The team has already been hard at work and we can’t wait to see (and have the use of) the final product.


Media Room under construction

A visitor from Aleppo


We are particularly privileged at SATS to receive interesting visitors on almost a daily basis. There are so many men and women involved in various excellent ministries who come to share their vision and stories with us that it is difficult to keep track of them all. In the past few weeks alone we have had visitors from many parts of the world, including the USA, the Middle East and North Africa.

Gerhard Marx of Davar Partners International, a global ministry seeking to bring the Word of God to oral learners, led one of our morning devotions. He showed us some of the tools they use for ministry (such as audibibles), and shared something about their vision and projects with us. Gerhard is also currently serving as the President of the International Orality Network (ION).

Stephen and Marian Smith, of the Papillon Foundation, also recently visited the seminary. On occasion, our student counsellor, Mrs Bev van Rensburg, has presented courses and seminars on trauma counselling for children and youth to this foundation.

Another stand-out visitor was Mouner Ajji, one of our graduates, who pastored a church in Aleppo, Syria, during the recent (and ongoing) war. His stories of the reality of life for the remaining Christians in Syria generated many questions and discussions, and renewed prayer among the SATS staff. 


How would you like to study a Book of the Bible in three months? We are offering the 1 Corinthians course, under the tutelage of Dr Kevin Smith, which will take place from 1 November to 31January.

The cost is R1 765 and credits for this course will be granted on completion. You will need Internet access in order to complete the course. Enrolment is limited to only 30 people. To book your place in the class please contact as soon as possible!


Once-off, Limited, Very Special Offer!

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We are constantly looking for new ways to connect with our students. SATS has recently joined Instragram and we would love for you to join our #mysatshomecampus campaign! Have you ever considered that wherever you conduct your SATS studies is your personal seminary campus? Why don’t you show us where you study? Simply take an interesting picture of your study environment and share it on Instragram with the following hashtag: #mysatshomecampus! 

Athletes in Action are hosting a beach mission at Plettenberg Bay from 7-22 December. For more information about this “Sun, sea, fun, sport, adventure, outreach” contact Carol Tromp at or 083 764 9236 or 011 803 2977.

Rosebank Union Church is looking for a Children’s Ministry Administrator. The position is part-time (20 hours per week). The incumbent should have a true calling to work with and love children. Good interpersonal and communication skills as well as administration and computer skills are required.

Interested applicants should contact Billy Hindshaw at for a detailed job description.

South African Action for World Evangelization (SAAWE) periodically publishes a document of ministry opportunity vacancies on their database. You can access the latest edition of “Opportunities in Christian Service” HERE.

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