United World Mission
Dear Friends and Family,
So, big news up front: thanks to a wonderfully generous donation that we received last week, I just paid off the last of the loans I took to complete my doctorate at Oxford! Alongside the scholarship that we received last month (which will pay off my Wheaton loans when we deploy to the mission field), this represents the demise of my student debt. We're staggered by God's goodness to us, wiping out $85,000 in student debt in just three years. As such, we should be able to head to Argentina debt free, which was scarcely imaginable when we signed up with UWM.
This month I traveled to the US again, spending 11 days in the Chicago area in order to present at a conference, meet with publishers, and visit our supporters around Wheaton. As always, being in Wheaton was a tremendous joy to me, reminding me of the dexterity and care with which God has guided our paths over the past 13 years since I began my studies. I also had the opportunity to preach at Gary United Methodist Church, a congregation which joined our support team earlier this year. (Watch this space
for a recording of the sermon.)
Earlier this month I also kicked off my affiliation with The Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics (see here
), giving a presentation in London to a (warm but formidable) group of folks in finance and government. It was a marvelously memorable experience, and hopefully marks the beginning of bringing my research on wealth ethics into conversation with people beyond the academy.
The month ahead is a big one for me: I have a new book appearing, will be speaking in a few different venues (see below), and will take a trip back to Germany to visit our long-time supporters at the American Protestant Church in Bonn. We'd be grateful if you'd keep us in your prayers during the coming weeks.
Peace be with you all,
Christopher, Michelle, Judah, Asher, and Zoe Hays