Dear Friends and Family,
Nobody expects government bureaucracy to move smoothly (especially not in the Majority World!), but the Ministry of Education of Colombia has kept FUSBC's application for "High Quality Accreditation" in limbo for nine months, without even beginning the evaluation. To my relief, this month the governmental gears began to grind, and we received the first of two visits from Ministry representatives. We are grateful that this process has begun, though now we must wait for many more months before the second visit, which will be the crucial one for the evaluation of our application. But at least the wheels are in motion!
The month has been hectic with teaching, working on the displacement project, and research. However, I made some time to blog a bit about our work at the seminary, and in particular the stellar students we have the FUSBC; check out the post here
Also, my buddy/co-author Casey Strine and I wrote a few blog posts about our new book (written with a few other friends from Oxford) When the Son of Man Didn't Come
. You can see the first of three posts here
Please be praying for Colombia. These are crucial weeks. After four years of negotiations, the Colombian just signed a landmark peace agreement
with the guerrilla group the FARC, ending 52 years of war; for a one minute introduction to the armed conflict, check out this video
. BUT this agreement has to be confirmed by a national popular vote (to take place on October 2), and right now the nation is divided on the topic (for reasons why, see here
). We ask that you would pray for the nation right now, that it would vote for peace instead of destroying years of work and reigniting the war with the FARC? Thank you.
I'd be massively grateful for your prayers as I tackle the month of October, which will be both exciting and tremendously demanding for me. We are fortunate to have Justin Barrett from Fuller Theological Seminary visit us for two weeks to talk about science and religion (thanks to a grant we received from Oxford University and the John Templeton Foundation). Justin and I will travel together to Bogotá for a week, and we have lots of meetings and events. The next week I will be giving a paper on science and religion at a conference in Bogotá.
But the biggest event, at the end of the month, is the first intensive research session of the theology and displacement project. This event will involve 25 scholars from North America, South America, Europe, and Africa, span research on six different fields of knowledge, and obviously entails a massive amount of logistical and intellectual effort for me (since I am both the project director and leader of the economics team, and since I need to give three presentations). Please pray for me to have stamina and productivity over the coming weeks, and that the event would indeed generate great insights that would benefit the Church.
Peace be with you all,
Christopher, Michelle, Judah, Asher, and Zoe Hays