New Books

Desi Diaspora

We celebrate with Suraja Raman, whose article was published in “Desi Diaspora” (ed. Sam George of the Lausanne Movement and published by SAIACS, a VSI school). If you’re interested in what it means to teach cross-culturally for Indians living in Africa, you will find this piece helpful.

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Prayer Community

David Kasali in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Special Update

We ask for your intercession on behalf of Beni. Our town has been brutally attacked twice in six days. The armed group that has been killing civilians in the Beni territory since 2014 has made incursions into the town of Beni and into our neighboring town of Oicha, killing over 75 of the most vulnerable inhabitants over the last three weeks. On November 24, one of the members of our contractor’s construction crew, the son of one of our campus guards, was killed in his neighborhood near our main campus.

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Video

Seblewongel Denneque on “Why a PhD?”

Dr. Seblewongel Denneque from Ethiopia, a LeaderStudies recipient, talks about how a PhD has been essential to her ministry: “I really feel responsible…. I need to write, I need to do research, I need to raise leaders, educate others.” Seble returned to Ethiopia to help lead the Child Development Training and Research Center in Addis

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News

Prophetic Call from the Lebanese Church

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.

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News

from Mar/Apr 2019

Meron Gebreananaye

Meron Gebreananaye’s first impression of Scripture was influenced by her mother’s large Orthodox Bible. Rare and expensive, it was wrapped in cloth and displayed in a prayer niche. It was never read. “In the Ethiopian Orthodox tradition,” she says, “Scripture is elevated to the extent that you are not expected to read it as a layperson.

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News

from Sept/Oct 2018

Emmanuel Bellon

If an unqualified person offers to jump in and help, many organizations are just glad to have someone show up. They don’t always have the luxury of scrutinizing candidates’ resumes or analyzing their giftings. Yet Emmanuel Bellon, Vice President of the Vital SustainAbility Initiative, is convinced that when it comes to training leaders, Christians have an obligation to ask: “How can we do better?”

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Prayer Community

Mwawi Chilongozi from Malawi

Pray for Malawi and the aftermath of the general elections we had in May. Some political parties have not accepted the election results and the case is in court. There have been protests, at times violent, calling for the chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission to resign. Pray that justice will prevail and that there will be peace in our country.

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New Books

How Long, O Lord?

We celebrate Athena Gorospe’s latest book, co-edited with Charles Ringma and published by Langham at the beginning of this year. This collection of essays calls the Church to be a source of peace and reconciliation in societies around the world.

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New Books

Arabic Contemporary Commentary

This month, we celebrate the Arabic Contemporary Commentary, published almost a year ago and coedited by (among several others) Yohanna Katanacho, Riad Kassis, and Atef Gendy, members of the ScholarLeaders Fellowship. As one of the first modern Arabic-language Bible commentaries composed by Arab scholars for the Church, it is a major blessing and achievement.

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