|United World Mission
Dear Friends and Family,
In a couple of days I will lock up my office and say good-bye to Michelle and the boys before hopping onto a long succession of buses, planes and taxis to take me on a whirlwind, two-week tour of South America. The goals of this trip: 1) to conduct a final set of interviews with the two seminaries in which we are most interested, and 2) to do a ton of teaching for a couple different groups of South American pastors and seminarians.
My first stop will be in Lima, Peru, where the Seminario Evangélico de Lima has asked me to come give a one-week intensive Master’s course (in grad school we called these “suicide courses” because the prof crams a whole semester’s worth of lectures into one calendar week). I’ll be teaching through Luke and Acts, and since this is my first full course of lectures (and since I’ll be teaching in Spanish), I’m both excited and nervous.
Stop number two will be in Colombia, at the Fundación Universitaria Seminario Bíblico de Colombia (FUSBC) where I will lecture to undergrads for several hours, give a scholarly presentation to the faculty, and conduct further interviews. The FUSBC is one of the two schools at which we are considering conducting our future missionary work, so this is a really important week for us.
Finally, I will head to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to interview at ISEDET (Instituto Superior Evangélico de Estudios Teológicos). I interviewed with the rector of ISEDET in November while we were at a conference in the US, but this will be my first time on campus.
We would be so grateful for your prayers during these coming two weeks. In particular, please pray for my language skills; I will have to lecture for four or even eight hours at a shot, which is sure to be exhausting, and well beyond my abilities. Please ask for God to provide us with wisdom and discernment as well, that we would know clearly whether he would have us at FUSBC or ISEDET. Finally, please pray for Michelle and the boys while I am gone, since we all miss each other terribly and Asher in particular has a hard time understanding why I’m gone.
Thank you for all your support. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with you when I return!
Peace be with you all,
Christopher, MIchelle, Judah, and Asher Hays
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