As we start the new year, we invite you to celebrate God’s work in Latin America by reading Bible Study Magazine’s new story about Costa Rican Sofía Quintanilla. Sofía is a sexual abuse survivor, a theologian of hospitality, and a current LeaderStudies scholarship recipient. In this story, Sofia challenges us to practice discipleship and hospitality.
IN THE NEWS
This month, we congratulate several members of the ScholarLeaders Fellowship who were recently published in this collection from Langham (July 2019). If you’re curious about how Scripture intersects with life as an Asian believer, we encourage you to explore the essays in this book.
Westerners are most familiar with Brazil’s cities – São Paulo, Rio de Janiero – and with its disasters – dam collapses and wildfires. But many Brazilians live between the huge cities and the precious rainforest. One must drive through a landscape reminiscent of the American Midwest – silos, cattle – to reach Cambé. There, Marcio and Michelle Carvalho direct Refúgio, a ministry to children who suffer neglect and poverty. Read more.
We’re proud to announce a new issue of the InSights Journal for Global Theological Education. You can read articles about women’s theological education in the Middle East, ways to measure pastoral training needs, and much more. We praise God for the authors and communities who share their wisdom in this publication.
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School celebrated Trinity’s new president’s inauguration with this video. In it, you’ll see scholars we have supported: Cesar Lopes (Brazilian working across Latin America), Yacouba Sanon (Burkinabé working in Côte d’ Ivoire), and Nelson Morales (Chilean working in Guatemala). You’ll also see Milton Acosta, who helped to facilitate Athena Gorospe’s March visit to FUSBC as ScholarLeader of the Year (FUSBC is a VSI client school). We rejoice with TEDS, and we praise God for our long and ongoing partnership with this school, and for each of the faithful servant-leaders featured.
We highlight a statement from the Lebanese Church concerning recent protests in Lebanon. Our Vital SustainAbility Initiative encourages faculty in the Majority World to speak prophetically from the Gospel to society and encourages schools of theology to support those prophets. We give thanks for this prophetic call for the common good – that this diverse and ecumenical group of leaders are united to condemn corruption, call for peace, and ask politicians to labor for society’s wellbeing. May we all – throughout the Global Church – have such courage.
Thousands are coming to Christ in India, but how might the Church address rising “re-conversions” to Hinduism? How do Pakistani Christians carry out the Great Commission in one of the world’s most restrictive countries? How are Jesus’ disciples in China overcoming historic associations of Christianity with Western imperialism? What does it mean to be “downwardly mobile” and serve the marginalized in the Philippines? How might the Church in Nigeria respond to corruption in society? Discover how Majority World leaders are tackling these and other challenges in their contexts.
Hot off the press! Check out the latest offerings from authors in the ScholarLeaders Fellowship! New books are featured monthly on our website and social media.