Global InSights

“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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Prayer Community

Denys Kondyuk in Ukraine

Pray for the situation in Ukraine, for war to end, and for all the political processes to bring peace to our country, enable some financial stability, and preserve freedom of faith and ministry for our churches.

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Andrey Kravtsev in Russia

It has become a common thing to say the world is not going to be the same after the pandemic. Let us pray that the Church will come out of the crisis with fresh vision and strength to fulfill its mission in whatever circumstance we may find ourselves tomorrow.

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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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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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Prayer Community

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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