By Kathleen Curto
So the three broke through the camp of the Philistines, drew water from the well of Bethlehem and brought it to David. Nevertheless, David would not drink it, but poured it out to the Lord. And he said, “Far be it from me, O my God, that I should do this! Shall I drink the blood of these men who have put their lives in jeopardy? For at the risk of their lives they brought it.” Therefore he would not drink it. These things were done by the three mighty men. (I Chronicles 11:18–19)
The passage above is probably very familiar to most of Christians. Pastor Peter Van Doodewaard, our speaker at Convocation last Fall, used this passage to highlight what qualities a minister of the Gospel should emulate as he serves Christ’s church. He highlighted three qualities that David’s mighty men had in common. They were men of great skill, enormous courage and immense love. In his sermon, he reminded the students that it was through diligent study at seminary that they would become skillful in handling the word of God. He challenged them to be men of courage who would stand for the truth no matter what the odds; and he encouraged them to show their love for Christ in their sacrificial service to his church and his people.
As I have reflected upon this message over the past year, it has reminded me of the great privilege we have here at Greenville Seminary in assisting young men from other countries to attend seminary. Most of these men do not have the means to travel abroad to study or may not have access to a faithful institution that would properly prepare them for ministry. It is Greenville Seminary’s desire to train skillful, courageous laborers for the Kingdom, and it is through your kind and faithful giving that we are able to grant opportunities to these men. We have graduates in 14 different countries who are serving the Lord. Because of the generous giving of our donors, we have been able to provide opportunities to students from Albania, Brazil, Peru, India and Haiti, all of whom have been given the opportunity to study at GPTS through our International Students Scholarship Fund. These men are now skillfully, courageously and lovingly serving their churches in their home countries.
Currently we have Xing (Edward) Liu, from China, a fourth-year student whom we have rejoiced to see grow in his knowledge and understanding of God’s word. He is a man who loves Christ and desires to serve the church in China upon his return. Edward needs $3,200 for tuition and fees.
|Steve and Laura Cliff|
We also have two students from Nigeria needing help. Isaac Koko has had to study from a distance due to inability to obtain a student visa to study on campus. His need: $1,000 for tuition, fees and books. Also awaiting visa resolution is a new student Terseer Shagba. His pastor, Antiev Kurugh, who works closely with Dr. Pipa when he travels to Nigeria (see following article), has given him the following recommendation: “Terseer has no problem of communicating in English language for he received training in English from primary to tertiary level. What he needs is admission and your scholarship, please. You will train someone [in whom] you will never be disappointed. I therefore recommend him without reservations.” Need: $14,000 for tuition, fees and U.S. living expenses.
If you read Dr. Pipa’s report in the May edition of GPTS Online, you can imagine the impact of having well-trained gospel preachers in countries like Nigeria. We do have other students — from Singapore and Nigeria — all requesting help to be able to come and study at Greenville Seminary. Without your generous giving, it would not be possible for these men to come.