Monday, August 10, 2015

Meeting the Needs of our International Students

The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty; The Lord is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. Surely the world is established so that it cannot be moved. Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting. The floods have lifted up, O Lord, The floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea. Your testimonies are very sure: Holiness adorns your house, O Lord, forever.
Psalm 93: 1 – 5

By Kathleen Curto
Registrar

Why can we at Greenville Seminary rejoice even in the midst of a world that is lifting up its fist and shaking it in rebellion at the Lord Jehovah, Creator of heaven and earth?  It is because of God’s promise to us in Psalm 93. Dr. Pipa read Psalm 93 to us at our recent staff meeting and explained that the first verse describes Christ’s coronation after his Ascension. The Lord Jesus reigns! He is clothed with majesty! He is reigning…and though the earth (pictured here as the floods) lifts up its voice, God is mightier than the noise of many waters!    We at Greenville Seminary are confident in the success of our labors because we serve the Lord and King to whom the nations have been given.
As I do each summer, I am writing to you, our supporters, to highlight for you the opportunities that God has given to Greenville Seminary to train men from many different countries. An international student studying for four years here at GPTS costs less than what a denomination has to budget for just the first year of expenses for a new American minssionary on a foreign field. You may remember that we have had several students with us in the past few years: Edward Liu and his family from China, Steve Cliff and his wife from New Zealand, Melwin Isaac from India and our two dear brothers from Africa, all of whom are receiving a sound theological education because of the generous gifts we have received on their behalf. Joining the ranks of these current students are five more. Three men from Bible-believing churches in Puerto Rico are joining our student body. Each will be studying by distance, hoping to visit the campus from time to time to take classes on site. Their names are Dennis (Miguel) Flower, Jeremy Colon and Bradney Lopez. We also have the privilege of having two men from Brazil. Samuel Vitalino is finishing up his Master of Theology degree and Charles Melo de Oliveira will be working on his Doctor of Theology degree. Both of these men are Ministers of the Word in the Presbyterian Church of Brazil (IPB). It has been our pleasure in the past to train five other Brazilian men who are now serving in the IPB.
Greenville Seminary has also been able to send our professors to teach in foreign countries where men are either not able to afford to come to the states to study or who are unable to procure visas to come even if they have the support they need. Part of our international fund includes an amount that allows one or two of our professors to travel each year. We are seeking $5,130 for this budget item. If you feel this is a need to which you would like to contribute, it would be a great help to our work with our international students.
Many of you have given so wholeheartedly in the past, and we want to express our appreciation for these special gifts given to our foreign students’ needs. We know you are motivated to give by those same truths that Psalm 93 expresses.  We live in a “world falling apart,” and yet we labor on, we persevere, because we know that God is in control and that His will is never thwarted. We are comforted in the knowledge that his testimonies are sure, making wise the simple. Please consider giving to the needs of these young men as they prepare to serve their Savior and King, whose throne is established forever.
Here are the current needs:
Edward Liu, China
4th-year student  $4,000 for tuition and fees
On Campus

Steve Cliff, New Zealand
3rd-year student
$8,800 for tuition, fees and work/study compensation
On Campus

Isaac Koko, Nigeria
1st-year student   $1,000 for tuition and fees
Distance Learning

Melwin Isaac, India
2nd-year student $4,000 for tuition and fees
On Campus

Jeremy Colon, Puerto Rico
1st-year student   $2,500 for tuition and fees
Distance Learning

Miguel Flower, Puerto Rico
1st-year student  $2,500 for tuition and fees
Distance Learning

Bradney Lopez, Puerto Rico
1st-year student   $2,500 for tuition and fees
Distance Learning

Samuel Vitalino, Brazil
$1,000 for tuition
Th.M. Student
On Campus

Charles Melo de Oliveira, Brazil
$1,000 for tuition
Th.D. Student
On Campus