United World Mission
Dear Friends and Family,
Those of you who had a chance to read our last email will recall that our painstaking plans to move to Argentina were derailed rather dramatically in May. Still, after a roller-coaster ride of a summer, we've gotten back on track and can now happily announce that we will be moving to Medellín, Colombia! This is a wonderful and happy development, and we feel that God has dexterously guided us to this place. The seminary at which I'll be teaching is the Biblical Seminary of Colombia
, which is an excellent outfit with a wonderful cadre of scholars and students. I interviewed there in 2011 and was struck by the fact that the place felt like Wheaton to me, full of students and faculty who clearly bore great affection for one another.
Part of the reason we feel enthusiastic to join the Biblical Seminary of Colombia (also known as FUSBC) is because the seminary is already moving in the directions in which we also feel called. Most of you will know about our passion to train Latino theologians at a graduate level. Happily, FUSBC already has plans and timetables for developing MA and subsequently PhD programs. The goal is to roll out an MA in 2015, and the rector of the school has asked me to put a major portion of my time into making that happen. It's great to feel like God has beckoned all of us to common dreams, and I feel like I am joining a team of like-minded scholars and believers at FUSBC.
Our plan is to stick with our previous deployment time-line. Assuming our funding comes in on time, we'll leave Oxford at the end of August (one month!) and move to Colombia at the end of November.
There's a lot more to say, and I look forward to sharing more about FUSBC in the near future, but for reasons you'll see below, I felt that I needed to dispatch this note quickly, so that we can get your prayers on some pressing matters. But we are deeply grateful to have a clear sense of divine leading, and for the speedy and decisive way in which God has conducted us towards Colombia.
Peace be with you all,
Christopher, Michelle, Judah, Asher, and Zoe Hays