Dr. Sara Afshari (Iran/Cyprus)
PhD in World Christianity (2017), University of Edinburgh
Currently, Sara is revising her dissertation into a book. She has also contributed a chapter to Christianity in North Africa and West Asia (Edinburgh). For a forthcoming book on religion and journalism, she is cowriting a chapter titled “Reporting Refugees: The Theory and Practice of Developing Journalistic Religious Literacy.”
Before her PhD, Sara developed media content for training Christian leaders and reaching people in closed countries – especially Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan – through SAT-7 PARS, a Persian TV ministry. Sara’s ongoing research will strengthen the impact of Christian media like SAT-7 PARS in the Middle East.
While still living in the UK, Sara serves at a small Iranian church in Edinburgh. She also acts as a consultant to the Lutheran Church in Denmark as they help refugee and migrant converts integrate into local churches. She is active in the refugee community across Europe.
Dr. Sutrisna Harjanto (Indonesia)
PhD in Educational Studies (2017), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (USA)
Sutrisna serves at Bandung Theological Seminary (BTS) in Indonesia. He is the seminary’s Vice Academic Dean, Director of the Christian Education Program, and Coordinator for the Masters in Marketplace Ministry. (Here, you can read a little more about the seminary.)
Before his studies, Sutrisna served with Perkantas (IFES Indonesia) for over 20 years. Now, he contributes to the Church’s growth by equipping pastors and teachers to speak into society. Sutrisna’s marketplace ministry guides Christian professionals – who do not intend to leave their careers but do want to become more effective for Christ – to witness in the workforce.
In 2018, Langham Monographs published Sutrisna’s book, The Development of Vocational Stewardship among Indonesian Christian Professionals: Spiritual Formation for Marketplace Ministry, to acclaim from scholars including Steven Garber (author, Visions of Vocation) and Timothy Liu (Lausanne Movement). Timothy invited Sutrisna to serve on Lausanne’s Global Workplace Forum team. The Forum will take place in Manila in June 2019.
Dr. Golden Muriwo (Zimbabwe)
PhD in Old Testament (2017), Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
After finishing his PhD, Golden returned to Zimbabwe to work at the Theological College of Zimbabwe as Academic Dean. (Find out how you can support TCZ here.) He also teaches at TCZ, specializing in Hebrew and Old Testament.
Golden’s dissertation, The Hesed and Rahamim of God as Resources of Hope in Contexts of Individual and Communal Loss: A Multi-Dimensional Reading of Lamentations, argues for hope in God’s eternal love in the face of national suffering. His research is particularly pertinent to Zimbabwe, where ongoing political violence often mars elections. In past years, Golden has seen soldiers shoot children being carried on their mother’s backs during these times of unrest.
Alongside his wife, Patience, Golden mentors United Baptist students at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo. Students at NUST face high rates of promiscuity, HIV/AIDS, and suicide. Golden and Patience hope to build a center near NUST where they can offer secure housing for university women, counseling, and Bible studies.
Identity Protected (Eastern Europe)
PhD in Intercultural Studies (2017)
The PhD in Intercultural Studies seems especially suited to this scholar, who has lived in a couple of Eastern European countries and works among Muslims. Over 40 different Muslim people groups inhabit Russia, and in one area alone, over 98% of all residents identify as Muslim.
After graduating, this scholar became a Professor of Missiology at his home institution. He also leads an organization that mobilizes new Gospel workers to reach remote areas of Eastern Europe. Both as a teacher and as a leader, he helps the Church train evangelists for ministry and outreach to Muslims.