This month I have been struck by the daily challenges experienced by so many Global Scholars professors throughout the world, in particular those in countries closed to Christianity. I recently connected by email with "Pam," a Global Scholars professor in a closed African nation.
She told me, “Weekly I experience electricity issues, internet issues and political issues both in the community and on campus.” One of the biggest challenges of Pam's work is isolation. We provide encouragement and pastoral care to Global Scholars professors primarily through video calls on Skype. Pam wrote, "The internet is unpredictable each day. Even when I do get on, my Skype has not worked since I got back in August. I heard that government officials are not pleased that Skype is free, so they may be blocking it.”
Even more challenging is the current unrest in the nation. The government recently sanctioned Islam as the national religion, leading to much unrest. Despite this recent development she writes, “God’s hand is at work and Christians are praying for peace and open doors.”
Please pray with Pam that God uses her and other believers to preserve peace and boldly proclaim the Gospel in this needy nation. Pray also she perseveres, and that God provides ways for her to connect with other believers who can be sources of encouragement.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Stan Wallace
President and CEO
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
— James 1:2-4