Valentour Project PTS


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Valentour project presentation at PTS 12/4/08
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Valentour Project PTS

  1. 1. Valentour Travels 2008 Michael Ludwig
  2. 2. Trip Purpose <ul><li>Study how theological training is done in other countries to prepare pastors for ministering in their specific culture </li></ul><ul><li>Find out what useful practices could be adapted by US seminaries to help relate to our culture </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Columbo </li></ul><ul><li>Kandy </li></ul><ul><li>Trincomalee </li></ul>Sri Lanka
  4. 4. Sri Lanka <ul><li>CTS- Urban commuter </li></ul><ul><li>Lanka Bible College- Suburban sylvan </li></ul><ul><li>Baldaeus- Rural conflict zone </li></ul>
  5. 5. Sri Lanka <ul><li>Contextual highlights : </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-Language instruction and texts </li></ul><ul><li>Christian Business Leader classes </li></ul>
  6. 6. War torn area Recovering from 2004 tsunami But fresh building project and programs
  7. 7. <ul><li>-25 students from minority Tamil population </li></ul><ul><li>-Classes on a Christian response to war, racial conflict, poverty </li></ul><ul><li>-Learning trades- bikes, chickens </li></ul><ul><li>-Training pastors and giving other skills to be resource for community </li></ul>
  8. 8. Still a hopeful and engaging community that works together to run the complex
  9. 9. Kenya <ul><li>Nairobi </li></ul><ul><li>Limuru </li></ul><ul><li>Kijabi </li></ul>
  10. 10. Kenya -Rift Valley beauty/remotness -Crime Paranoia -Impressive PhD Programs -Current issues: Leadership, Women -Module Classes- Slums or AIDS clinic -Passing on the learning -African Traditional Religion
  11. 11. Ghana <ul><li>Accra </li></ul><ul><li>Peki </li></ul>
  12. 12. Ghana -Stayed at Trinity outside of Accra -Interviewed professors in lush enviro. -Biblical Language Hermeneutics -Training rural pastors- researching problems- parenting and support -African Traditional Religion- OT similarities, outdooring, study festivals
  13. 13. Ghana
  14. 14. Ghana Slave Castle and Philip Quaque
  15. 15. Senegal <ul><li>Dakar </li></ul><ul><li>D.O.N.E. </li></ul><ul><li>Senegal Theological Bible School and Seminary </li></ul>
  16. 16. Senegal -Rapidly developing city -Experiencing jubilation of Graduation -Seminary dispersing- Extension -Church planting, witness to Muslims -Business startups, find man of peace -New focus on essentials in home context, rather than abstracts out of context
  17. 17. Senegal -Spiritual focus -Last 3 days of each month set aside for fasting and prayer meetings for the mission of the seminary -Local Muslim leaders come to them at night for prayer and guidance
  18. 18. SE Asia <ul><li>House Seminary </li></ul>
  19. 19. SE Asia -Class on OT Prophets -Good questions- from kings to prevenient grace -Lawn chair nap time after lunch 0 *
  20. 20. Singapore <ul><li>Trinity </li></ul><ul><li>Singapore Bible College </li></ul><ul><li>Baptist Seminary </li></ul><ul><li>TCA College </li></ul>
  21. 21. Singapore -Very Modern -Lots of religious diversity -History of Chinese congregations -Classes on Asian cultures and EV -A lot about Asian learning styles and need for free thinking -Careful not to contextualize to a fossilized culture
  22. 22. Malaysia - Sarawak <ul><li>Sibu </li></ul><ul><li>Methodist Theological Seminary </li></ul>
  23. 23. Malaysia - Sarawak -Logging and ship-building area -Extreme hospitality
  24. 24. Malaysia - Sarawak -Evangelism (10) and prayer -Accountable to faculty mentors and field ed. classes -Iban program - Longhouses and heads
  25. 25. Findings <ul><li>Classes on specific issues leading into small group implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Field Education </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual Focus- prayer, accountability, evangelism </li></ul>