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A Profile of Four Seminaries

“The Only Place of Peace”: The Seminary as Refuge

In English, “sanctuary” means both “place of worship” and “place of refuge” – a double meaning that many Majority World seminaries live out. During COVID-19, several Majority World seminaries housed students trapped by lockdowns. Sudanese students in Lebanon were ten minutes from the airport when it closed; they returned to Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (VSI).

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A Profile of David & Kaswera Kasali (DRC)

Why a Christian University?: A Profile of David & Kaswera Kasali

“We experienced the gift of lamentation,” David Kasali says, remembering the “Great African War” in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). When it began, David was working in Kenya as Vice Chancellor (President) of Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST). He had rescued NEGST, uniting a fractured faculty and rebuilding finances and facilities.  But

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A Profile of Marcio & Michelle Carvalho & Refúgio (Brazil)

“I’ve Never Seen Myself So Beautiful”

In 1988, Antonio Barro began a Doctorate in Missiology at Fuller Theological Seminary. On his scholarship application to ScholarLeaders, he wrote, “The church [in Brazil] is [awakening] for missions…. The preparation that we get… gives us confidence in developing our own ministry.” Over thirty years later, Antonio’s PhD, supported by ScholarLeaders, has yielded the “hundredfold” fruit of

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Emiola Nihinlola, 2018 ScholarLeader of the Year (Nigeria)

You Are Human When You Serve Others

Decisive Leadership In 2016, Emiola Nihinlola gathered the staff of Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary (NBTS) in Ogbomosho, Nigeria. They had just finished months of planning alongside the ScholarLeaders Vital SustainAbility team to create a strategy for strengthening NBTS. Just one facet of that strategy – a solar energy project – would take over two years to

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Athena Gorospe, 2017 ScholarLeader of the Year (Philippines)

From the Margins, For the Margins

Fifteen years ago, Athena Gorospe gave a devotional in which she called her audience – wealthy American Christians – to be downwardly mobile. That morning in Pasadena, she argued that we should recover “Jesus’s concern for the marginalized, the invisible people.” Athena has dedicated herself to this plea – and to practicing what she preaches

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Bonnie E. Lin A Profile on Manohar James (India)

Redeem India: A New Response to Persecution

How does God awaken someone to a fresh Kingdom vision? For Manohar James, it involved getting beaten up in the “land of the gods,” game-changing findings during his doctoral studies, and a twelve-hour train ride with a carful of opinionated Hindu women.

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David Kasali, 2014 ScholarLeader of the Year (DRC)

God’s Call to Return Home

After completing his PhD in New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1993, Dr. David Kasali returned to the faculty at Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology, where he later served as President for eight years. Following the devastating war in his native country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, David and his wife Kaswera

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Bonnie E. Lin A Profile on Gloria Calib (Pakistan)

A Prophetic Voice for the Pakistani Church

Opportunity is not the word that comes to mind when Christians think of Pakistan. After the Islamic Republic of Pakistan gained sovereignty in the 1947 partitioning of British India, a series of bloody riots drove nearly 10 million Muslim refugees to the nascent nation state, while just as many Hindus and Sikhs fled to predominantly Hindu India.

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Julie Lee Wu, 2012 ScholarLeader of the Year (Hong Kong)

Ministry in Hong Kong

Dr. Julie Lee Wu earned her PhD in New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in 1992. In 2002, she began her tenure as the President and Dean of China Bible Seminary in Hong Kong. Julie’s passion is equipping church leaders for effective ministry in Hong Kong and throughout Asia. In addition to speaking globally, Julie has written a number

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Bonnie E. Lin A Profile on Xue Xiaxia (China)

Reaching China’s Intellectuals

Fifty years ago, millions of Red Guards – a ruthless cadre of radicalized students – waged war against tradition and religion, the twin threats to Maoism, during modern China’s darkest decade: the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).

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Antonio Barro, 2011 ScholarLeader of the Year (Brazil)

A Typewriter and a Desk

In 1995, Dr. Antonio Barro founded South American Theological Seminary (SATS) in Londrina, Brazil. He began with a typewriter and a desk in his home, and a vision for a school that would bring the truth and hope of the Gospel to bear on issues facing the Church in Latin America. In 2010, SATS celebrated its 15th

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Gladys Mwiti, 2010 ScholarLeader of the Year (Kenya)

Crisis Counseling in Africa

Dr. Gladys Mwiti earned her MA in Counseling Psychology from the United States International University in Nairobi, and her MA in Christian Leadership and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is the author of four books and a video-based training curriculum for counselors in Africa, produced in conjunction with Fuller Seminary. She

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Salim J. Munayer, 2009 ScholarLeader of the Year (Palestine)

Reconciliation in Palestine

Dr. Salim J. Munayer is the Founder and Executive Director of Musalaha Reconciliation Ministries, which works with Messianic-Jewish and Arab-Palestinian Christians to promote peace and reconciliation. He began this work in 1990 during the First Intifada. Since then, Musalaha has been recognized worldwide for its model of promoting reconciliation and understanding among women, children, and young

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