New Books

Perception and Identity

Our June book of the month is Perception and Identity by Seblewengel Daniel, Head of Academic Affairs at Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology and a participant in the Women’s PeerLeader Forum. This book helps global Christians understand Ethiopia’s diverse Christian traditions. It discusses avenues for unity, grounded in God’s Word and shared belief in the

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Prayer Community

Pray for Racial Justice, Peace, and Reconciliation in the US and Beyond

This past week, thousands of protesters in hundreds of cities across the United States and worldwide have joined in anti-racism solidarity demonstrations, following widespread circulation of graphic video footage showing George Floyd’s death. In the Body of Christ, when “one member suffers, all suffer together” (1 Cor. 12:26). We are grateful for every message we have received from members of the ScholarLeaders fellowship around the world, asking how to pray for those of us in the United States during this painful time.

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Alexander Belyaev in Russia

Today, life in Russia, and all around the world, has been influenced by COVID-19. Herzen University was closed for more than a month. The pre-defense of my thesis took place without my participation and now I need to make adjustments to the text, because I could not personally answer the Committee’s questions.

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News

Tribute to Lamin Sanneh

Lausanne Global Analysis published a tribute to Lamin Sanneh by Wanjiru Gitau (LeaderStudies). Lamin’s legacy is partly carried on by The Sanneh Institute for the advanced study of Christianity and Islam in West Africa, led by John Azumah, one of our board members.

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News

All Will Be Well

“It is for love that we pay the price.” – Larry A. Smith, President, ScholarLeaders. First Things published a reflection by our President on how love can shape our present and our future even in COVID-19’s shadow.

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Vital SustainAbility: Brazil Cohort

The challenge has been how to care for and support everyone. We need to get in touch with those who are not participating in online learning, to understand the reasons, and to give the support they need. Some have infected relatives or acquaintances, and we have been praying for them. We created a “Virtual Chapel,” so students can receive messages and share prayer requests.

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New Books

Ruth

Havilah Dharamraj’s commentary on the book of Ruth is our May book of the month. In this season of loneliness, uncertainty, and scarcity, may you find encouragement in Havilah’s discussion of God’s steadfast love and provision. Havilah attends the Women’s PeerLeader Forum and wrote a beautiful meditation on it.

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Vital SustainAbility: Ethiopia Cohort

All faculty members are now working from home, and the government has ordered that teachers continue teaching from home. We are in a very desperate situation, since the vast majority of our faculty members do not have laptops. This is a very critical and acute need. We are also in need of teleconferencing equipment, so we can continue offering lectures.

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Vital SustainAbility: India Cohort

We have been working on contingencies for all our ministries in light of COVID-19. In India, we are currently under a nationwide lockdown, one of the most stringent in the world. This has caused difficulties for us in arranging food supplies for our campus, but the Lord has provided ways for us to get by. We have 70 students on our campus who were unable to leave before the shutdown. Daily wage workers, however, are facing a serious threat of starvation. We are currently working to supply 500 families with food for the next four weeks.

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