The Curtis Report: South Africa and Thailand
As the spring gives way to summer (not that it makes that big of a difference in the tropics!), we wanted to share with you exciting updates from a couple of recent trips, as well as from Rissa’s recent involvement with a children’s ministry conference! to read more…http://mailchi.mp/11139463b6e5/missions-newsletter?e=649574456f .
Faculty of Theology – Annual Achievement Ceremony
The top academic performers of the Faculty of Theology and their companions were welcomed by the acting dean, Prof Francois Viljoen during the Faculty’s Annual Performance Awards event held on 22 May 2017. Certificates were awarded for the best performance (obtained cum laude) in each qualification programme.
Extraordinary awards for academic excellence were awarded to MG Inniger, a student from GST. He did his PhD in Ethics – Title of Thesis: A Theological-Ethical evaluation of the Christian-Muslim dialogue in the Swiss army chaplaincy.
A recording was made of his presentation, and can be listened at:
Prof Gert Breed congratulated all the recipients of awards on behalf of the Faculty, Prof Rantoa Letšosa did the congratulations on behalf of the NWU and student Jaco Lemmer delivered a message on behalf of the students.
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Prof S Visser (Vice-Rector: Research and Planning), MG Inniger (Special award for academic excellence on PhD Level), LL Fohle (Special award for academic excellence on PhD Level), Prof A Le R du Plooy (CEO – Greenwich School of Theology), Prof RS Letšosa (Vice-Rector: Teaching-Learning), J Erasmus (Extraordinary award for academic excellence on M-level) Absence: MA Adetunmibi (Extraordinary award for academic excellence on PhD level)
News from AsiAfrica Ministries
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News from Steve and Rissa Curtis – The Curtis Report: A Busy Spring
Just three weeks ago, I returned from a very fruitful time of ministry in Burma and Vietnam. In Burma (above, left), I was able to serve again with my dear friend, Ki In. In Vietnam, I was able to meet again with Thien, with whom I have worked several times, and his brother James. James was a participant (with Thien) when I held the first Southeast Asia Pastors Conference in Manila in 2014 with pastors from Vietnam, Burma, and the Philippines (I am still hoping we can hold another one!). …….View this report in your browser (http://mailchi.mp/f11765e76312/the-curtis-report-a-busy-spring?e=7b1914e347)
News from Steve and Rissa Curtis – The Curtis Report: Settled in – and Setting out!
(“Greetings” from the Philippines!)We pray that this finds you well in the Lord.As the title of this newsletter notes, we have “settled” into our new home in the Philippines – and I am preparing to “set out” on another teaching trip. We wanted to give you updates and prayer requests about both of these developments….View this report in your browser (http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=6bb2aca7f38c21d897eddc39d&id=f3ed013fa2&e=7b1914e347)
News from Stuart and Kathleen Rochester, February 2017 – Bangalore, India
With a lot of difficult experiences, the lush green of Kerala made up for it. Kerala normally has plenty of water, but because of a recent drought the water often went off at unexpected times for hours, or most of consecutive days. If the water came on for a short time we washed ourselves, some clothes and the dishes and filled up the bucket to be ready for another wash. Several times the water, electricity and internet were all off for hours at the same time.
Stuart taught on the book of James in the New Testament and Kathleen taught on both Jeremiah and Ezekiel in the Old Testament. The daily morning Chapel services (in which we each preached) and our classes occupied the mornings, with some additional classes in the evenings. In that climate, the afternoons are really too hot for regular teaching. But afternoons were used for video-recording a half hour devotional teaching each for online students in other places, meeting with small groups of students, preparation, for Kathleen teaching a special Homiletics class and attending some other meetings.
While we were in Kerala, we were invited to attend and speak at a Pastors’ Meeting in the Tiruvalla area, not too far from where we were staying. This invitation came through an Indian man we know in Tasmania; his father is the principal of another college and is much engaged in helping new churches to develop. It was a delight to meet his father and others at the meeting. Stuart gave a brief greeting and Kathleen preached, with this man translating. The people very warmly received us and what
News from Prof Flip Buys
Two of his students received their MA degrees and one a PhD. The PhD dissertations of two more have been submitted and they are awaiting the evaluation of the external examiners.
Pastor Nicolas Nwayuza is a model of perseverance and continuing hard work. He started his Theological studies with less than a high school end qualification in 2001 at Mukhanyo Theological College. Through the years he completed a Diploma, then completed Bachelors and Honners Bachelors degrees in Theology at Mukhanyo. In May 2016 he received his Masters degree in Theology at North-West University. Now he is ready and motivated to start with a PhD.
John Koning is a church planter in East London. He wrote his masters dissertation on contextualization. He received his degree with distinction and is now working on a PhD on the relevance of Tim Keller’s model of contextualization for South Africa.
Dr Fohle Lygunda li-M from Burundi did his research on how the teaching of Missiology in the Democratic Republic of the Congo may me transformed to ensure that this country may change from a missionary receiving country, to a missionary sending country. All his external examiners had a high regard for his dissertation, that is now in the process of being published by an international publishing organization.
Book launch: “The Prologue of the Gospel of John: Its Literary, Theological, and Philosophical Contexts”, 2016, Van der Watt, Culpepper and Schnelle (eds), Mohr Siebeck
This outstanding publication, published by one of the pre-eminent theological publishers in Europe, was launched in Potchefstroom on 27 October 2016. The fact that the publication was published by Mohr Siebeck in their series Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament (nr 359), speaks volumes of the excellent qaulity of research contained therein, dealing with literary, theological, and philosopical aspects of the prologue to the Gospel of John. This does not, however, come as a surprise since the contributors are all outstanding New Testament scholars, recognised as such in their discipline. The Faculty of Theology of the Potchefstroom campus of the North-West University has a close relationship to the publication since it arose from a research project that had its roots in Potchefstroom. A number of the contributors, among them the three editors, are also extraordinary appointees of the Faculty, which further strengthens this bond. Thus it was a privilege to wlecome one of the editors, prof JG (Jan) van der Watt, here and to listen to his launching of the book. Prof GJC (Jorrie) Jordaan, New Testament scholar of the Faculty, delivered a short review of the book. He repeatedly referred to the quality and usefulness of the research contained therein. The subject group New Testament and the Faculty believe that this international cooperation can be extended to great effect in future, and that many more such publications will appear in print.
Gert Breed, Albert Coetsee, Hennie Goede, Francois Viljoen, Jan Van der Watt, Pierre Jordaan, Marianne Dircksen, Jorrie Jordaan, Aldred Genade, Risimati Hobyane, Hans Van Deventer, Ferdi Kruger
News from Stuart and Kathleen Rochester October 2016 – Riga, Latvia
It’s a while since we last wrote. We know it’s sometimes hard to keep up with our movements – our family often finds that difficult – but some may remember we were about to embark on 5 weeks’ teaching in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, at the norther en od Borneo, in East Malaysia. That teaching finished 3 weeks ago and we have been too busy in the UK to send out a newsletter. Since today (17th Oct) is a travel day on the waty to Latvia, with a couple of waitin periods in airports, we are making a start…….newsletter-29-october-2016-uk
AsiAfrica Ministries rewards certificates
This picture shows what AsiAfrica Ministries is all about. You see a group
of pastors in southwestern Kenya receiving a certificate of award for their
participation in our training seminar, “The Christian Doctrine of God.”
News received from Rt. Rev. Dr. Martin M. Davis, (Ph.D.)
News de la Faculte Jean Calvin Juin – Paul Wells
Pierre-Sovann Chauny will take over from Paul Wells, Director and Emeritus professor of Systematic Theology, to teach Systematic theology at Aix
News from Stuart and Kathleen Rochester April 2016
Dear friends and family,
We have returned to Tasmania after spending a month teaching at the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS) in Bangalore, India. Unlike previous visits to this college, we had no sickness or injury, so we are very grateful. The weather was unusually hot, but we survived. Stuart taught on Luke’s Gospel, and Kathleen taught Proverbs. We were blessed with enthusiastic and conscientious students, who all did well in their assessments…. Newsletter 27 April 2016 UK …. Stewardship Support Form
Totius Award for 2016 Presented to Prof Koos Vorster
The following notice was received from the South African Academy for Science and Art:
The Totius award is presented every three years for either an outstanding publication in Afrikaans or a series of outstanding publications in Afrikaans pertaning to Christian Theology and /or the study of the original languages of Scripture.
The award of 2016 is presented to Prof Koos Vorster emeritus professor of the Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus. Prof Koos Vorster is recognised for his extended list of contributions in Afrikaans; his research in the field of political theology; the role of the Church in South Africa in a time of transition; his development of a socially involved ethics on Reformed foundations and his research on the relation between the church, constitutional state and human rights.
Congratulations from the side of GST and the Faculty of Theology, NWU to prof Koos with this special award.
Research Fellows at St John’s College, Durham University, UK
“Dr Vitali and Dr Ester Petrenko, senior lecturers at GST/NWU, have been appointed Research Fellows at St John’s College, Durham University, UK. This appointment enables them to be part of the research community of St. John’s College and to be visiting lectures at the college.”
Stuart & Kathleen Rochester
Read the latest news of two of our Tutors Stuart & Kathleen Rochester: Newsletter 26 March 2016
It had been over two decades of serving in pastoral ministry and raising a family since I graduated from seminary in the USA. I knew that pursuing a PhD was a part of being faithful to the calling the Lord had placed upon my life, but the demands of ministry prevented me from full-time residential study. All through those years, as time allowed, I continued to study and strive to maintain my academic discipline, but finding an accredited Doctor of Philosophy program that would not conflict with the demands of my ministry duties and constraints of my limited budget seemed to be impossible. Then I learned about Greenwich School of Theology and its partnership with North-West University. It was an answer to my prayers. With accreditation in both the United Kingdom and South Africa, the GST/NWU program of study provided the quality degree I sought, had the flexibility I needed, and was within reach of my budget. Tienie Buys and Peg Evans were among the most professional and personable administrators with whom I had ever worked. They were always swift to respond to my questions and provided firm coaching and compassionate support. My promotors, Professor Ron Galloway and Professor P. J. Buys, provided critical guidance and ensured the necessary rigor in the process of researching and writing my dissertation. They brought the best out of me and I always felt they were praying with me through my academic journey. My English editor, Dr. Stuart Rochester, walked me through the final “polishing” of my work with care and encouragement. 241 pages (plus 27 pages of references) later, I received approval from the board of examiners. I am grateful to the Lord for the GST/NWU team and am eager to serve him all the more through the opportunities the Lord shall open with this new credential..
J. R. Norwood
PhD (Missiology) Graduating October 2015