Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary has appointed Scott W. Sunquist—dean of Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies—as its next president, making it the third major evangelical seminary to put a missiologist at its helm. With an interdisciplinary background studying evangelism, church history, and the global church, Sunquist reflects the missional focus at Gordon-Conwell and the growing presence of missions experts in seminary leadership. Read the full article from Christianity Today HERE.
In late August, the Wycliffe Bible Translators completed their 1,000th translation of the New Testament, this time for a small refugee tribe based in South Sudan. The translation, recalled Wycliffe Chief Operating Officer Russ Hersman, left the native people “full of joy and hope.” For each translation Wycliffe completes, there’s a party to dedicate the newly translated Scripture. The celebration was particularly powerful for the Keliko people, Hersman explained, because they have been using a foreign translation of the Bible since 1917. Wycliffe hopes to see such celebrations many more times. The organization has set the ambitious goal of having a Bible translation effort underway for all 7,000 of the world’s known languages by the year 2025. Read the full story HERE.
In honor of World Food Day, Kellogg’s has announced a special donation campaign benefitting Feeding America. Participants can shop wish lists from participating food banks across the country and select pantry staples to contribute today through Giving Tuesday on November 27th. Typically, online food drives source cash donations from participants. This drive, however, differs from the traditional online food drive. “This is one instance of how the charitable food model is evolving using a digital channel and engaging consumers in new ways to fight hunger,” says Nancy Curby, SVP of Corporate Partnerships & Operations at Feeding America. Instead of cash donations to sponsor purchases, donors will buy and ship food items directly from Amazon wish lists created by Feeding America partners across the country. Read the full article and learn how to contribute HERE.
Moody Bible Institute has named Mark Jobe, founding pastor of multisite Chicago megachurch New Life Community Church, as its next president. Jobe, whose tenure begins in January, will be the tenth president for the 132-year-old school. “We have had a vision for Chicago and beyond and seen God do some amazing things … and we continue with that passion and that vision. Recently, God has opened up a great door of opportunity,” Jobe, who holds a diploma and master’s degree from Moody, said in a video announcement to the New Life community. Read the full article HERE.
Evangelical Christian humanitarian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse has set up bases in Albany, Georgia and along the Florida Panhandle to aid residents affected by the monstrous Category 4 Hurricane, Michael. In an effort to help the communities affected by the storm, Samaritan’s Purse, led by evangelist Franklin Graham, has deployed teams of volunteers to Mexico Beach, Florida, and Albany, Georgia where the wreckage is being described as a “war zone.” According to their website, Samaritan’s Purse has received more than 640 work orders for affected areas. Read the full report HERE.