In Memory of Sydney Smith (by friends of Victoria and Larry Smith): Sydney’s life motto was “persevere,” and this scholarship is awarded to a doctoral candidate who has demonstrated perseverance in her life and ministry.
Grace Al-Zoughbi (London School of Theology, PhD 2022 in Theological Education)
Grace grew up in the West Bank, where Christians face pressure from both the Israeli government and the Muslim majority. Few Palestinian Christians are able to pursue theological education. Even fewer among this group are women. Familiar with the challenges facing women in theological education, Grace is designing culturally adept educational systems to support women biblical scholars and theologians throughout the Middle East.
Judy Wang’ombe (Africa International University, PhD 2018 in Islamic Intercultural Studies)
Judy has dedicated her life to caring for and reaching out to the Borana Muslims of Northern Kenya. They live in a difficult and barren region near the Ethiopian-Kenyan border. Her research will enable missionaries and other Christian leaders to better understand the religious beliefs and practices of this people group. As Islam grows in numbers and influence, the Church in Kenya needs better understanding of how to witness and minister to these neighbors. In addition to her missionary work, Judy will also serve as a professor, training the next generation of Church leaders in Africa.
Sara Afshari (University of Edinburgh, PhD 2017 in World Christianity)
In Iran, Sara learned the risks of following Jesus in a country where Christians are often persecuted. While studying in the UK, she found a new way to build up the Church through the satellite TV ministry of SAT-7 PARS. For 12 years, Sara developed media content for training Christian leaders and reaching those in closed countries. Even where police have shut down churches, Christians have found ways to tune into satellite programs that help them grow in their knowledge of Scripture and faith in Christ. Sara’s research will increase the impact of Christian media serving the Church in restricted contexts across the Middle East.
Gloria Calib (London School of Theology, PhD 2016 in Missiology)
In June 2017, Gloria received the SPCK Prize, “awarded to the most outstanding PhD graduate,” from the London School of Theology. Founded in 1698, SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge) is the oldest Anglican mission organization. As part of the award, Gloria will present at the London School of Theology in January 2018 on the challenges of earning a PhD in her context. Learn more about Gloria, her research and ministries, and the Church in Pakistan.