Prayer Community

“Raymond” from China

It is customary for Chinese churches to reach out to local communities at Christmastime. However, as the situation worsens for many churches, and as Christians are constantly discouraged and even threatened, I am really not sure how we could sit around the table again this year to sing Christmas carols and retell the story of the Nativity. We Christians are in tears, crying as the psalmist once cried out in overwhelming desperation: “How long, O Lord, will you look on…” (Ps. 35:17).

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Kei Hiramatsu from Japan

In Japan, where only 1-2% of the population is Christian, people do not celebrate Christmas in the way Christians around the world do. Our culture generally associates Christmas with romance; thus, young people feel urged to find someone with whom to spend this “romantic holiday.” Alternatively, many families perceive Christmas as the day when they eat Kentucky Fried Chicken together (it is funny but true!). For many Japanese, Christmas is not the day for celebrating our Savior’s birth.

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News

LeaderStudies Graduate Anwar Berhe Becomes Academic Dean

We congratulate Dr. Anwar Berhe, a recent LeaderStudies graduate. He is faculty and department head for the Christian-Muslim studies program at Evangelical Theological College in Ethiopia. Next month, he’ll become ETC’s Academic Dean for undergraduate programs — a role in which he’ll mentor many students as they seek to serve the Church more effectively. We

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News

Read Dr. Jason Tan’s Analysis of Pastoral Training

As the spring semester begins at many institutions, we highlight this article by Jason Tan from the most recent issue of our sister publication, the InSights Journal for Global Theological Education. In it, you can learn about ways to understand pastors’ individual contexts in order to provide them with more helpful education.

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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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