Dear Friends and Family,
Most months I sit down to write these updates, get most of the way through my laundry list of things we're doing, and then realize that I keep mentioning the seminary's work on forced internal displacement en passant
, without ever elaborating on the matter. Today I will remedy that oversight by beginning with displacement. If you want a little factual and theological orientation on the issue, you can take a glance at this article
I wrote on forced migration in Colombia for Bible in TransMission
, the magazine of the UK Bible Society.
This month we began our work translating BibleMesh (an online education program for learning Greek and Hebrew) from English to Spanish. We're starting with Hebrew (Level 1) and the seminary has put together a great team to work on the project, including my buddy and fellow UWM-missionary Seth Tarrer. But boy, is it going to be a LOT to accomplish in a short period of time (we want to launch Hebrew 1 by September).
I zipped off to Britain for a week, in order to attend a smashing conference on faith and science. While I was there, I also met with a number of friends with whom I have long been writing a book on eschatology. The meeting was bittersweet, since I love seeing the crew, but we have come so far that the volume needs only its final bits of revision and polishing, which means we won't be able to keep meeting! During the trip, I also met with a funding body to talk about some of FUSBC's displacement research; I spent a lot of April working on that proposal, so it was great to get some guidance in person!
Some of my buddies tease me for how much I write about books, but the development of our library is crucial for the viability of our graduate program. Just this week I was able to download over 450 excellent academic e-books, all free for Majority World institutions, courtesy of the Society of Biblical Literature. In terms of physical books, our shipment from the Theological Book Network Books has made it as far as customs in Cartagena, and we are hoping for delivery within the next couple of weeks. In that case, you can expect to hear me enthuse even more
Peace be with you all,
Christopher, Michelle, Judah, Asher, and Zoe Hays