Prayer Community

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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Prayer Community

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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News

Help Seminaries & Scholars: Special COVID-19 Relief Fund

Seminaries are the Church’s “wells of salvation” (Is. 12:3) — groups of people into whom God has poured His gifts to guide His Church in crisis. They are Jesus’s hands and feet, helping COVID-19 refugees, the poor, and the elderly. Yet the pandemic endangers seminaries and those who serve at them. Some seminaries are housing

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Prayer Community

Stavan John in India

Before the pandemic and lockdown, I experienced an epiphany that I would like to share. It was during my recent study trip to the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS). I was asked to speak in the chapel, so I chose a passage dear to my heart: Mark 9:14-29. This passage focuses on the desperation of a father whose child is demon-possessed. Jesus heals the child, but not before addressing the father’s doubt, through both rebuke and empathy. As someone who has struggled with doubt myself, this was a good reminder.

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Prayer Community

Atul Aghamkar in India

The sudden shutdown of India, due to COVID-19, has taken all of us by surprise! This has led to massive confusion, as people do not know how to respond. Factories, shops, industries, offices, schools, and colleges have been shut down. Public and private transportation have completely ceased to function. People are prevented from going out of their homes, and those who venture out are beaten by the police. Heavy restrictions limit people’s movements. The shutdown has drastically affected people’s lives. While life at every level has been disturbed, the poorest of the poor are the ones most deeply affected by this shutdown.

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News

“Life in Christ is stronger than death”

Maqsood Kamil, a graduated LeaderStudies recipient serving in Pakistan, shares the following message in the context of COVID-19 & Easter: As the world is under the grip of great anxiety and fear of possible death, I greet you with the shalom of Christ, our crucified and the risen Lord. In this very troublesome time, Christ

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New Books

Russian Baptist Mission Theology

Our April book of the month, Russian Baptist Mission Theology in Historical and Contemporary Perspective, is by Andrey Kravstev, a graduated LeaderStudies recipient. (From Langham Publishing, October 2019.) In this book, you can learn about how Russian Baptists developed a unique theology of evangelism while they were isolated by the Soviets. As we, too, are

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Global InSights

Why a Christian University?: 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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Prayer Community

Kesolenuo Suokhrie from Nagaland, India

My doctoral research focuses on social justice, particularly for immigrants. This interest comes from my own experiences working with Karen refugees, displaced by communal violence, at the Thai-Myanmar border and in Australia. In my own context, the influx of Muslim Bangladeshis into Nagaland has led to serious issues. To the natives, immigrants are outsiders who are invading our land, exhausting our resources, and threatening the identities of our indigenous peoples.

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News

COVID-19 Message from Our President

Our President, Larry A. Smith, writes to inform you about how our ministry is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, you can learn about COVID-19’s impact on our work and on the seminaries and leaders with whom we partner.

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News Prayer Community

Coronavirus Impact

Like almost everyone, ScholarLeaders has felt COVID-19’s impact. This week, please join us in prayer for a situation that has reached over 180 countries. First, we pray for those infected by the virus and those who have lost loved ones. We pray that the most vulnerable among us would be protected. We pray too for those facing quarantines, travel and employment restrictions, financial pressures in shrinking economies, new caregiving and homeschooling responsibilities, and limited supplies.

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