Rector’s speech at the begining of the second semester – 2018
Dr Gideon P. Petersen
Rector of UAZ
Message dedicated for all the students presented on the Chapel program, a worship program to start the second semester activities and studies.
As the semester began on Monday, May 7th, 2018, in the Chapel of Université Adventiste Zurcher, students, teachers, staff members and administrators were all gathered during the worship service to start this long second semester. The Rector, Dr. Gideon Petersen, during his short speech, attracted audience’s thoughts on the privilege of everyone having the opportunity to have higher education.
“Expecting great thing from God! Attending great thing from God! And do great thing for God“, he started his presentation. Three powerful sentences that should summarize the life of a student or the life of each person. ” 7% of Malagasy children go to high school, 35% of that 7% finished school, and this is a privilege! Education is not about you! Because you have a privilege. God privileged you to have education. And it’s molding you and shaping you for a purpose. Not for you only, but for a great purpose.” Remember: “Every 45 seconds in the earth: one person died by suicide. Every 60 seconds: Someone else killed another person! Every 100 seconds: someone died because of war! How do you feel? How does the Creator feel? there are 17 000 people groups on the world, but 42% of them have never heard the name of Jesus.
Among the 7000 different languages in the world, only 674 have Bible. (…) How does it make you feel?”
« You are privileged. God has chosen you among the young people in Madagascar to have education. What would you do with education? God has a purpose for your life. And because it is a purpose for your life: you need to ask him: What is the impact of my education on the society, in the community? how can you have his heart (God) to develop his character in the community? He had chosen you to be a student today.”
Galatians 2:20: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”(KJV)
After reading Galatians 2:20 , he concluded his sermon and said : “Whatever you study: you have a connection and He lives in you! (…) To live: trust in Him and you can transform the community. We cannot change the world entirely but we can impact the world around us. And that is the raison why you have a privilege (of education), so that you can impact and change the community. May God bless you as you trust Him to empower you!”