Tuesday, May 26, 2009

It seems like forever since I last shared a thought or two. The past two weeks have been a whirl wind...selling a house, buying a house, packing up the office, getting the house ready to load...that's just what Sue has been doing!

Meanwhile, I have been working through a group of doctoral dissertations as we prepared for graduation. On Saturday May 23rd, 196 students graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary. 36 members of the graduating class of 2009 were Doctor of Ministry students. Out of those 36 DMin students, 26 were students within the Beeson Center programing where I have responsibility.

The group you see in the photo represents our 2009 class of Beeson International Leaders. This particular group started their course work back in September of 2005. They came to campus each year for six weeks so they can maintain the flow of ministry in their home country.

From left to right:
Alfred Kalembo from Zambia / Director of International Leadership Training
Randy Jessen from Wilmore / Colorado Springs
Fernando Lua from Philippines / Professor with Asia School of Theology in Manila
George Weagba from Liberia / Professor with the oldest theology school in Liberia
Stephen Hance from the UK / Anglican Vicar in South London
Dr. Ellsworth Kalas: President Asbury Seminary
Sergiy Golovin from Ukraine / Founder of faith and science institute
Andrea Baare from Germany / Work place pastor
Dr. Tom Tumblin: Director DMin
Fohle Lygunda from Democratic Republic of Congo / Denominational leader
Hwai Teik Ong from Malaysia / President (Bishop) Trinity Methodist Conference
Reniel Nebab from Philippines / President (Bishop) Christian and Missionary Alliance Church

These students along with our North American pastors make up an incredible student body within the Beeson International Center here at Asbury. They are world class leaders who impact the global church every day.

We send them home with great blessing and our strongest congratulations!

Now for our personal schedule... Sue, Ana and I will welcome a big green truck from Mayflower on Thursday morning May 28th. It will load, depart, and meet us in Colorado Springs the following week. We will remain in Wilmore to close on our home here before we start the trek to Colorado on Saturday morning. If my "move memory" is correct, there is more cardboard on the other end of the rainbow.

I hope your day is blessed!

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