Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Seminary for the World

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.
Grace, Crystal, Edward andJesse Liu

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
Steve Cliff, a second-year student from New Zealand, has had the opportunity this past year to study with us and come to a clearer understanding of the truths of the Reformed faith. We need $8,800 to cover tuition, fees and work-study wages.

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.

Our prayer is that you will partner with us in this great endeavor. Will you first pray that God will raise up mighty men as he did in David’s time – men whose heart’s desire is to carry the gospel to every nation, tribe and tongue; and, if possible, will you give to this international scholarship fund so that men  are enabled to come and study at Greenville Seminary.

You may donate online directly to the seminary, choosing one of the options on this page on our web site. Or you may donate (anonymously, if you choose) to our PCA Foundation International Student Scholarship Fund #4075. Information and instructions here.