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1st GRADUATIONS IN FEBRUARY!
The Gambia-1st Graduates!
Adrian & Wendy Helleman and Glen Taylor travelled to The Gambia in February to attend the first-ever graduation ceremony for the new Christian Religious Studies program. Enjoy a 7-second video clip of the graduates... And a few words from Glen...
Dr. Dia Diafwila traveled to Kinsasha (the capital city of D.R. Congo) in February 2020 for a special celebration... History-In Sept 2017, Professor Diafwila was given the responsibility of setting up and coordinating Masters & Doctorate programs...
On the night he was arrested, Jesus started the evening with a towel wrapped around his waist. He was washing the sandy, sweaty feet of his students, including a student who was soon to betray him.
Professors serve their students, pouring out for them their best wisdom. Christians, following their teacher and Lord, give their best for their neighbours. Our faith could be symbolized by the towel: leadership as servanthood.
Now in a time of a pandemic, some think only of themselves, hoarding paper towels and toilet paper. Others, trained to serve, turn towards the threat and seek to stem the tide of infection and anxiety. My one brother is a border guard. My other brother stewards provincial government finances. My wife works in health care. Some are in more vulnerable positions than others, but each does their part.
Our global scholars teach. Most universities, following social distancing protocols, have switched to on-line learning. Students still need to develop a perspective for life—a moral compass, a sense of vocation. Some hope to graduate this spring. Some will need credentialing in order to work.
This Lent, perhaps more so than usual, we are students of the towel, and ultimately, students of the cross. The mission, of course, is new life for all, and so the towel foreshadows the white linen that lay in an empty tomb.
Swift COVID containment and healing for those infected around the world
Praise for new publications from GSC scholars
Gratitude for 1st graduates in programs in The Gambia and D.R. Congo which GSC Scholars contributed immensely
For new online class to Ethiopia
Global health, help, comfort, and teamwork in light of COVID
Pray for energy, perseverance, unity and connections for Congo universities that Dr. Diafwila is connecting with
Pray for Dr. Ney's speaking opportunity at IFES mission conference in Africa - grace, wisdom, and safety. Talks include “The Challenge of the Antagonism Between Faith and Science: Can we find God in our disciplines?” and workshops on international mission partnerships and engaging with the university and culture (for scholars and lecturers)
Safe travels home for anonymous GSC Scholar in Central Asia
Wisdom and discernment for GSC Scholars seeking placement
25th Anniversary booklet - timely completion and may God be in the details
25th Anniversary Dinner & Livestream - may God use whatever we are able to do on June 6th for His glory
Partnerships across Canadian universities and organizations with a similar purpose
Encourage graduate and international students to serve on campuses worldwide
Fruitful ministry for SCS
MEET THE GSC SCHOLARS
Click herefor the interactive map on our website that shows where the team are serving.
There is one professor missing from the photos, as he must remain anonymous for security reasons.