bahula-bulletin: September 2013 update

Impossible?

Just over three months ago, I joined Horizon International Schools as the Curriculum Design and Development Officer. The transition has been exhilarating. The opportunities and challenges of global theological education are so amazing that at times it seems impossible.

Around the world, the need to train ministry leaders continues to grow exponentially. Horizon helps to meet that need by providing cost-effective, high-quality, contextualized online courses through affiliate schools. We currently have 11 affiliates with 11 more schools in various stages of affiliating and over 100 course development projects in 8 different languages.

After a brief trip to Grand Rapids for orientation, I was immersed in Horizon culture at the annual Horizon retreat in June. Time was spent in prayer and in strategic planning sessions as we evaluated where we’ve been, what we’re doing, and what we need to do. We even fit in the annual Horizon croquet and bocce ball games. (I didn’t manage to win either!) On the lookout for new experiences, I helped the team enjoy Rocket Science Ice Cream where they use liquid nitrogen to flash freeze freshly mixed ingredients.

The Horizon team continues to expand in other areas of the world. New local leaders have been recently appointed in South Africa and Ireland. They are committed to developing Horizon’s ministries in those regions. We are excited to announce another name to this growing list! Misha Nunyaev will be Horizon’s Russian language champion serving as the Dean of Online Learning with the CMI, our Horizon affiliate in Odessa, Ukraine.

We praise God for the excellent response to our Effective Online Teaching course. In July I led one of three separate offerings of the course for ministry partners who were scattered across all 6 populated continents! My section focused on the Caribbean and Central America as we prepared teachers for the launch of online courses. Our dialogue together over these weeks was fantastic.

Please continue to pray for Cari-TEC, the consortium of schools that I lead in the Caribbean. The Baptist Seminary of the West Indies has been revitalized under the leadership of its new director, Stanley Mahase. In addition to two intensive courses earlier this year, Stanley has begun an informal study circle to train preachers for radio ministry.

I just returned from a quick trip to Fairview Baptist Bible College in Jamaica. I worked with my colleague, Dale Marshfield, to lead the second module of our Understanding by Design workshop. Our focus was on assessment in education. We asked, “Do you have enough evidence to prove that your graduates are ready for ministry?”

Thanks for your continued prayers for A, E, K, A, G & L. They have all gone back to school after an exciting summer of many adventures. Pray that they would increase in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and with people.

Serving the God of the impossible,
Tim

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