Student Missions Raising 10 For 10 For Burmese Phd
The Birth Of Chinas First Home-Grown Bible Commentary
Celebrating our Diamond Anniversary with Wycliffe
Veiled: Muslim Women
& Mission Today
Inside this Issue
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Issue 218 Spring 2014
We praise God for an exceptionally busy, but fruitful, year so
far for MSTs leadership, faculty and students. We are particularly
thankful for our largest ever second semester intake of new
students. What a privilege it is to train, equip and prepare men
and women to serve Christ, and proclaim the gospel. We are humbled
by the 67% jump in giving compared to last Junes End of Financial
Year Appeal. Thank you to each and every one of you who prayerfully
supports our ministry here.
You will notice that in our more recent publications and on our
new website we have focussed on some words spoken by the Lord Jesus
on the night before he died.
You did not choose me; but I chose you, and appointed you to go
and bear fruit; fruit that will last. (John 15:16)
Its no accident that these words were among the last Jesus spoke
before he was nailed to the cross. For it is in the shadow of the
cross, and in the context of lives given over fully to the service
Thankyou to all those involved in the writing,
design and production of Ambassador MAGAZINE.
Editor Dean Troth
Family Roundup Section Editor Graeme Rule
Sub Editor Peter Tyrrell
Proof Reader Jo Khoo
Designer Sacha Jackson
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Cover Photo: Zurijeta/Shutterstock.com (repeated p8)
Ambassador is the quarterly magazine of Melbourne School of
Theology, an inter-denominational Bible college, training and
equipping men and women for life, ministry and mission.
Student fees cover just 60% of operational costs so we need your
prayers and support to continue Gods work. If youd like to make a
gift towards the ministry of MST, please contact Reception on (03)
9881 7800 or send your donation to PO Box 6257 Vermont South
From our outgoing Ed
I hope you like the new-look magazine-style format of
Ambassador. Our intention is to make it easier and more enjoyable
to read - less news-centric and more story-centric, with engaging
stories of Gods work in the world.
Sadly, this will be my last edition of Ambassador as Editor.
After almost three and a half years working with the communications
team, two days a week, Im moving on to a full-time role with a
business called Xponential Philanthropy which helps not-for-profits
with capital appeals for major projects. Thank you all for your
support and please pray for me. Ive really enjoyed my time at MST,
where I have grown stronger in my faith and have particularly loved
my interactions with our fabulous alumni.
Praise the Lord! Numbers are Up!Its been such a great start to
second semester as we have
experienced a higher than normal new student intake, says
student Enrolment Coordinator, Iona Kroussoratsky.
Weve increased the yearly total number to around 90 new
students, which is higher than both last year and the previous.
Almost half the new students for this year have enrolled in second
semester, which is a first for MST!
Twenty students completed their studies at the end of first
semester (and will graduate in December) but we had over forty new
on-campus, distance and audit enrolments for second semester, from
Diploma through to Doctorate. God truly is hearing our prayers and
bringing people into the College to be trained in the Scriptures to
take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Praise God! Iona
Reflections from Principal Rev Tim Meyers
Bearing Fruit That Will Last
that the call of God takes on its most profound implications. As
John Piper so eloquently comments on this passage, the only fruit
that will last is the fruit that grows on the cross.
We exist not for our own purposes, sustainability or
continuation, our own glory or plans or memories, but to train and
equip men and women to take the good news of salvation in Christ to
people everywhere, and of all cultures. For many, obedience to the
call of God comes at great cost. How comforting it is, then, to
know that the work of those who faithfully and willingly pursue
that call will, most assuredly, bear eternal fruit.
The flash of entrepreneurial enthusiasm came over a drink after
work one night. What if we shared and found a bunch of others to
share with? Richard said to Julian.
Old friends, the two Revs, Richard and Julian shared much in
common: They were both leading fruitful interdenominational
ministries in Victoria, both had need for spaces in central eastern
suburbs Melbourne, and both had independently been to check out the
space on Level 2 at MST, and concluded the space was brilliant but
too big. Rather than walking away to find something smaller,
Richard had the idea of sharing the space with other Christian
organisations and professionals, so he decided to bite the bullet
and create something bigger. This was the kernel of an idea: The
For some time, Rev Richard Bruce, CEO of evangelism and
discipleship ministry ESA (which had its roots over 130 years ago
in the Evangelisation Society of Australia), had needed space in
Melbourne to connect with their mission workers. Likewise, Rev
Julian Dunham, Program Director of Arrow Leadership, which runs
leadership programs for emerging Christian leaders and established
marketplace executives, needed office space to work and connect.
The idea of connecting and sharing sparked their interest.
There are many other small Christian organisations around
Victoria with staff who are on the road much of the time and might
work from home, but occasionally need an office or meeting rooms.
Most of them are interdenominational, so a church site wouldnt work
so well, but we thought that MST could wonderfully. When we rang
three or four organisations, many thought the same, Richard
explained. Having different organisations will also open
opportunities for kingdom collaboration.
Richards vision for The Office is a shared hub of small
Christian organisations and independent Christian professionals,
with an open plan work environment; from the couch, to the communal
table, to the work desk. Users will get access to a brand new,
fully furnished office (24 hours per day, 7 days per week) with
professional meeting and board rooms, kitchen and outdoor
facilities, free onsite car parking and enterprise-quality
internet, just off Eastlink in the heart of Melbournes eastern
Richard says hes open to conversations with any interested
Christian organisation or professional but theyll only be able to
house twenty people working at any time, so itll fill quickly.
Contact Richard Bruce on 0438 017 080 for more information.
Its always a pleasure to return to Melbourne School of Theology,
both for the many happy memories and the chance to visit former
colleagues and students. Ill be forever grateful for BCV/MSTs
willingness to give me, as a newly-minted PhD, a go.
It was especially encouraging to see the new campus and sense
the enthusiastic spirit of a new beginning and a reaffirmation of
those twin strengths that traditionally characterised the school: a
deep evangelical commitment to the Scriptures; and sharing the good
news of Gods reconciling of all things in Christ through
transforming cross-cultural mission.
We saw the power of this message in the talk I gave on
Philippians in Chapel, where imperial Romes attempt to control the
world, whether through Pauls imprisonment or using demobbed
soldiers to safeguard its trade routes, was transcended by the
gospel which united both a Jewish Paul and Gentile veterans in
Christ. Similarly, Tuesday evenings general lecture described the
many ways in which the gospel radically changed the ancient world
by giving it, for the first time, its humanity.
Both messages confirm that the scope of the new-creational
gospel is just as wide as Gods initial act of creation: since were
all made in Gods image, the gospel necessarily includes the
restoration of our humanity in every aspect of life. My prayer is
that MST will continue to grow in understanding, embodying, and
teaching this profound truth.
Welcome to THE OFFICE Upstairs Former lecturer, Dr Rikk Watts,
reflects on returning to MST in July after nearly 20 years at
Regent College, Canada.
Few activities are more daunting in life than door-knocking . .
. but last year, when 39 year old Ally Robinson was challenged by a
former student president, Heath Easton, to take part in community
door-knocking, as part of MSTs annual Mission Week in regional
Victoria, she was flabbergasted by what she learned.
I will never forget Mission Week and all the exciting things God
taught me, Ally shares. One thing I realised was that God likes to
take us out of our comfort zone!
During my week away on mission I was placed in situations I
would never have put myself in, particularly door-knocking. I could
cope with visiting people in their homes, doing childrens talks,
visiting schools and being involved in a student debate. But door
knocking was all new for me and, to be honest, I was petrified! she
I was in a place where I didnt know people, was asked questions
on the spot and felt totally in over my head. I experienced
emotions Id never had before but this was one of the best weeks of
Its so easy to say we trust God, but when He asks us to do
something thats out of our comfort zone the excuses set in and,
believe me, I had all of them!
He gently led me through the week, continually taking me out of
my comfort zone but always reassuring me that He
was never far away. By stepping into the unknown, He showed me
where He really wants all of us: fully dependent on Him. When we no
longer feel comfortable in our surroundings, we press in hard
against Him where we should be!
MSTs annual Mission Week, conducted each September, is unique to
our School and provides full and part-time students with an
opportunity to roll up their sleeves and apply what theyve learned
in class by getting involved in grass-roots mission in a variety of
ministry and mission contexts. This year, MST students will be
involved in outreach around the country to multicultural students
at Monash University; Indigenous Australians at Kununurra in remote
WA; Muslims in Melbourne; and youth, young adults and families at
Bendigo Baptist Church in regional Victoria.
Ally provides a good summary of the value of Mission Week:
Through all my doubts, worries and fears, God showed His power
through my weakness. I thank God that I trusted Him and attended
Mission Week, and so, I encourage you - Step out for God!
Stretching students outside their comfort zoneCycling has been
touted as the new
golf (sorry Dr Greg Forbes!), and our Vice Principal, Peter
Tyrrell, a passionate bike rider and three-time veteran of Around
the Bay in the Day (210kmmad!!) has started a riding group:
MST:COM. Cyclists On Mission (well explain the mission part later)
aims to bring people together, whether they are students, faculty,
staff, friends or relatives of MST. In other words all are welcome
MST:COM embraces all levels of riders, not just the hard-core
endurance riders but also novices. One of the riders had only
ridden 100 metres prior to the first ride of the year, and now hes
riding 100km! The group begins with prayer most Saturday mornings,
and then divides up into three groups based on their level of
experience: the foxes, rabbits and
I was in over my head but thiswas oneof the best weeks of my
Cyclists on Mission
Our Student Missions Project this year is BIG! Were moving into
new territory, aiming to raise $20,000 as a college. Our new best
friend Mark (Naw Naw) Yet is a Lecturer at Myanmar Evangelical
By Ho-yuin Chan
Student Missions raising funds for Burma PhD
newbies. At the end of the ride, they meet up at a caf for an
espresso and, of course, just a little cake or muffin as a reward.
So far, theyve had several rides to Jells Park, Warburton Rail
Trail, Yea to Yarck, Dandenong, Frankston (for the rabbits), around
the Federation Trail (circling the Melbourne CBD) and up to
Lilydale past the old BCV location.
The Mission part of the name shows a commitment to raise funds
for MSTs Student Missions Project (see story below). MST:COM riders
have been training since February for the annual Around the Bay in
a Day in October in an effort to raise funds from sponsors. Whilst
MST:COM is one team, they will ride in four different groups: 50km
Melbourne to Altona return, 100km from Melbourne to Frankston
return, the SCODY 135km, and the full ride of
210km which starts from Melbourne, through Geelong to
Queenscliff, by ferry across to Sorrento and back to Melbourne.
If you are interested in joining MST:COM on a Saturday morning,
contact Peter Tyrrell to be added to the communication list. The
team would value your prayers for their health and safety and your
sponsorship support for the mission goal.
(To sponsor a rider per kilometre, the team per kilometre or
give a single donation, contact Reception or visit our website
School of Theology (pictured), now in the Philippines completing
his PhD! This is really exciting because Marks studies will impact
hundreds of future students in Myanmar who are the leaders of
tomorrows Burmese church! Lets get excited and invest in this great
To achieve this grand goal, the student leadership team has
launched the 10 for 10 campaign, inviting students, their friends,
faculty and alumni to save $10 for 10 weeks, which simply means
Cyclists on Mission
without one takeaway meal and one coffee a week for ten weeks.
(The student leadership team has made a great video, available
online at http://bit.ly/Ten_for_10)
If everyone participates, we have every confidence we can reach
our target. Were serious about this kingdom building project so if
youd like to contribute towards it, email me at
[email protected], deposit funds into MSTs bank account
or write a cheque to MST. Please make sure that you clearly
indicate that this money is intended for the Student Mission
By Mat Hunter, Student Missions Leader
MST Postgraduate candidate, Rev Andrew Lake, remembers the exact
time and place his PhD was conceived. It was the first Thursday in
June 2010, just six months after he arrived in Syria.
Hed been instructed to present himself to the Immigration Office
in Damascus to apply for a residency visa. The official called him
to the counter and informed him that Security (i.e. the secret
police) had issued a new regulation: Protestant churches were
prevented from having foreign workers.
After that heart-dropping news, I contacted everyone I knew who
might be able to help: an American diplomat and a British diplomat
in my congregation, the Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem and a bishop
in England who was a personal friend, Andrew remembers.
Less than three weeks later, notice arrived from Lambeth Palace,
the Archbishop of Canterburys Office, that Rowan Williams intended
to write to the President of Syria, appealing for us to be given a
residency visa to carry out the role of chaplain to the foreign
Christians in Syria.
The basis of the appeal was that there had been an Anglican
chaplaincy in the city of Aleppo since the 1600s, so Lambeth Palace
tasked me with finding physical evidence, specifically chaplains
graves. Three days later we were in the Aleppo Protestant cemetery,
hunting around for chaplains gravestones, he said.
The very next day we enthusiastically pored over maps, located
and explored the old quarters of the English Levant Company. Our
guide was Serop, a good friend and Armenian pastor, who hosted
our church services in Aleppo and was trustee of the
Andrew was inspired to track down all the chaplains and wrote
some ripping yarns about their adventures in the Ottoman Empire.
Eventually he was able to identify twenty-four between the late
1500s and late 1700s, at which time the Levantine spice and silk
trade petered off. Some of their achievements, such as helping
introduce coffee-drinking and Arab horses to England, had been
recognized by academics.
Other activities included pioneering biblical archeology and
bringing valuable early Samaritan, Jewish, Christian and Muslim
manuscripts to the scholars of Oxford and Cambridge. But then,
something really exciting happened! he said.
I started unearthing long-forgotten missional initiatives: the
translation and publication of the first Protestant apologetic
literature into Arabic, going back to the mid-1600s; the advocacy
by chaplains for the local Christians who, failing to pay the
exorbitant dhimmi tax, lost their children to enslavement; and best
of all, the successful translation, printing in London and
distribution in Syria in the 1720s, of the Arabic Psalms and New
Testament at the request of the Patriarch of Antioch.
Darling, I feel a thesis coming on, said Andrews wife, Pam.
For fourteen months following that fateful day at Immigration,
Andrew and Pam ministered in Damascus and Aleppo to foreign workers
and refugees and forged lasting friendships with Syrians, both
Christian and Muslim. The Archbishops letter was written
and eventually noted by the Council of Ministers, but the Civil
War precipitated their departure from Syria and the people theyd
grown to love.
Andrew now ministers at the Anglican Church in Mentone and Pam
now works for Leprosy Mission. Since their departure in August
2011, theyve continued to encourage Christian pastors in Damascus
and Aleppo who faithfully minister under unimaginable stress and
The First Protestants in the Arab world: the contribution to
Christian Mission of the English Aleppo Chaplains (1597-1782) is
about to be submitted for examination and is dedicated to the
faithful and courageous Syrian pastors whose lives are writing the
current chapter in the story of the Protestant churches in the
Uncovering Gods Work in Syria
Aleppo was at the end of the Silk Road and had a thriving
English merchant community.
Image used by permission from The Hebrew University of
Rev Andrew Lake now ministers in Mentone.
One of the most surprising outcomes of the Christian Renaissance
in China has been the growth of Biblical Scholarship from within
China. When Dr Justin Tan, Senior Lecturer at MST Chinese and
Director of the Centre for the Study of Chinese Christianity, was
first invited to teach at Peking University in Beijing, little did
he know the quiet reinvigoration of interest in studying the Bible
he was involved in.
I was struck by the enthusiasm that students had and the hunger
to know the real meaning of the Christian Scriptures. The demand on
the lecturers to grapple with the interpretation of the Biblical
texts was great, for these students would not stop at the
superficial, some were determined to study Biblical Hebrew and
Greek in order to have fruitful exchange with the lecturers, said
Dr Tan, who prefers to use his Christian name, Justin.
Amongst them, I recognised Christians who could become bona fide
biblical scholars, given enough training and, thus, the seed of
producing a new Bible commentary germinated in front of us in the
classrooms at Peking University, he said.
Professor K.K.Yeo, from the USA, and Justin were both keenly
aware they had only limited time to mentor students as scholars but
they dreamed bigger and the idea of publishing a commentary series
for the Chinese, by the Chinese began to take shape.
The title of the series will be the Shenzhou Bible Commentary,
Shenzhou being an affectionate term for China, literally meaning
the sacred land of God. Both Editors, Yeo and Tan, have
great aspirations for the Chinese-written commentary series,
which will be hallmarked by both academic rigour and
The Series Editors have already started inviting a team of
mainland Chinese biblical scholars, of evangelical persuasion, to
start working on this visionary and significant project, which will
take a form of collaborative and mentoring effort, as they look for
biblical scholars of the next generation to consult senior scholars
in their research and writing. They will also invite overseas
biblical scholars from the Chinese diaspora, whose research
contains what they call the Chinese heart.
It will take seriously the sacred Scriptures of the
Judeo-Christian tradition on the one hand and the hearts and minds
of its universal readers, particularly the Chinese readers, on the
other. Indeed, our hope is that the Shenzhou Bible Commentary will
become a reference-companion for Chinese readers to study the
Bible, inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for
correction, and for training in righteousness, (2 Timothy
The Shenzhou Bible Commentary will seek to promote the holistic
approach to Scripture through academic exegetical studies,
historical research and notations, as well as spiritual reflections
and cross-cultural bridging to both the ancient and modern Chinese
Our prayer is the Commentary series will be beneficial not just
for the study of Christianity but provide hermeneutical responses
to needs of Chinese society, and the moral-spiritual use of church
and individual Christians in China, he said.
Justin says his goal is to make the series available in both
print and electronic versions, as well as interactive online
study-group for churches to use. He is seeking prayer partners to
undergird this project as authors write, and benefactors to
underwrite conference, royalty, editing, and publishing costs for
this much needed series in China.
May the word of Christ dwell in us richly as we teach and
admonish one another with all wisdom (Col 3:16).
Prof Yeo and Dr Tan with the Chinese scholars behind the new
Shenzhou Bible Commentary
8By Dr Cathy*The image of the veiled woman
is used for many different reasons. It conjures up ideas of
poverty, inequality, being downtrodden and uneducated,
marginalisation, violence and abuse. It was the image used to
justify the war on terrorism. Laura Bush, wife of then President
George Bush, famously said, about Afghanistan: The fight against
terrorism is also a fight for the rights and dignity of women.
So what about mission today? The veiled woman is still symbolic,
the image used often to portray the Muslim world. However,
particular definitions of contextualisation have led to assumptions
that say the great commission is best fulfilled by reaching men
first, and the women will follow. American mission leader Fran Love
stated in her famous 1996 journal article: Muslim women are too
often left out of strategic church planting due to . . . a
Veiled: Muslim Women
and Mission TodayDo Muslim women need saving?
missiology. This mission theory states that missionaries need
first of all to influence heads of households and leaders who will
in turn influence their families and those under their authority.
While based on conventional wisdom . . . it is an incomplete
perspective both for biblical and practical reasons. So, despite
the symbolic images of the veiled woman in mission among Muslims,
mission is veiling Muslims to the good news.
In 1852 Mrs McKenzie, wife of an East India Company merchant,
and Lady Mary Kinnaird, wife of a London banker, established the
organisation that today is Interserve. They recognised that women,
secluded in the zenanas of India (the womens area of the home),
were hidden from the gospel and from education and health care. A
deliberate and intentional engagement, challenging the prevailing
cultural hegemony, took education and health in the name of Jesus
to women who were otherwise marginalised. These beginnings of
Interserve demonstrate the imperative of intentionality in
including women as recipients of the gospel; made in the image of
God, worthy of the whole gospel.
Reaching Muslim women is challenging. The physical veil can make
women appear inaccessible. Returning to live in Egypt in 2008, each
time I walked on the street I sensed I was withdrawing. I had lived
there before, and in many ways it was home. I realised I was
reacting to the fully veiled women whose numbers had grown over the
years. It is hard to connect with women who seemed invisible to
What is accessibility in mission, particularly in mission to
Muslim women? Strategy often defines accessibility. Many hours were
spent sitting drinking chai in staff rooms, the girls rooms, and my
room at the college where I worked in southern Asia. I learned
about life, the practical challenges and emotional pressures. I
attended life events, laughed, cried and prayed through the
everyday and the catastrophes. I learned to do life with the girls,
staff and families of both. How accessible were they? If I was
9do life with them they were absolutely accessible. Maybe it is
our strategies that make Muslim women inaccessible.
Unveiling Muslim Women in our strategies
Anthropologists would be horrified at the use of imagery of
unveiling. I wish to redeem that imagery by reminding us that the
veil that separated us from God was torn when Jesus died, and in
Christ that veil for Muslim women is also torn. Our strategies
should not separate them from an encounter with the One God.
The evidence that Muslim communities are best reached by
concentrating efforts on the male family and community heads is
contested. Concerns are that this focus is seeing a fellowship of
believers from a Muslim background who are almost solely male. This
is not surprising. The view of women is often so low that the
chance of faith going along kinship lines is limited. One male
believer from a Muslim background (a BMB) in the Middle East, with
a recognised ministry in music, said he did not share his faith
with his wife because she was just an illiterate village woman.
Women following Jesus
Women from a Muslim background choose to follow Jesus for
Book Review By Dr Peter Riddell, Vice Principal
that are often very different to those of men. They are
embracing the journey with Jesus from places of need, brokenness,
marginalisation, encounter, and revelation. Women need encounter
with Jesus, and truth that transforms the reality of today, giving
security for tomorrow. They respond to Jesus when their felt needs
are met as they experience truth. Women are attracted to Jesus
because of the way he treated women.
There is also the question of identity. Women find it more
difficult to define their identity as followers of Jesus in a
Muslim context because they carry within their self all that it
means to be a good Muslim wife, daughter, mother, and woman. Their
identity is tied to their family and social relationships. The
system of honour and shame inscribed on Muslim womens bodies is an
important reason why more men than women are coming to faith and
visible in BMB fellowships. The construction of alternative
communities, places of belonging, and identity in Christ are
important in the journey of Muslim women with Jesus.
One womans story
It started with a dream, a man in white coming and speaking to
her. He told her that she should follow the way. Actually
Many different critiques of the Christian faith have been
offered by Muslim scholars and popular writers down the ages. In
this important new study of Christian philosophical apologetics,
Richard Shumack sets out to respond to nine common Muslim
He parries the Muslim critique of Christians who ask questions
about their fundamental beliefs; in contrast certain fundamentals
of Islamic belief the status of Muhammad as prophet and Quran as
divine word are no-go
The Wisdom of Islam and the Foolishness of Christianity
she had no idea what that meant. Then one day as she was
watching television she saw a program and in it was the man who had
spoken to her in her dream. Fatima had stumbled on a Christian
satellite television program. She called the number they gave and
began a journey to follow the way. She is the first in her family
to follow Jesus, but is beginning to influence and shape her
children. Maybe they will be the next generation of those who also
Jesus set us an example by reaching out to women, breaking with
tradition and cultural norms, intentionally seeking women out, and
giving them dignity and hope. Mission needs to follow his example
To learn more of what God is doing, or to enable work among
Muslim women to grow please contact Melbourne School of Theology or
Interserve on 1800 067 100.
This article is based on the 2014 Annual Leonard Buck Lecture,
delivered by Dr Cathy*, International Director of Interserve, on 17
July, which tackled the important topic of Muslim women in modern
mission strategies. The Leonard Buck Lecture is named after the
great missionary statesman and founder of many missionary ventures,
the late Leonard Buck AO.
* Surname withheld to protect security.
areas for Muslims. The problem of the Trinity makes an
inevitable appearance in this book, as does the problem of the
Cross, with Muslims rejecting the death of Christ at Calvary.
Shumack is the consummate apologist. He is gracious and irenic,
yet rigorous and to the point. No doubt many Muslims will read this
book, and Christians should too.
The Wisdom of Islam and the Foolishness of Christianity by Rev
Dr Richard Shumack was launched after the Leonard Buck Lecture at
MST in July.
MST Family Roundup News from Alumni and Friends around the world
Mark and Gab Topping will be back in Australia on
Home Assignment through September and October. Please pray for
those they will be leaving to continue challenging work. To return
to their role in South East Asia, they will need accommodation and
Pray for Olive Grant whos taken up Anne Horswells role as
Executive Assistant to MSTs Principal, Tim Meyers. Pray for wisdom
and strength for Olive as she juggles multiple responsibilities at
MST, including assisting Vice Principal Dr Peter Riddell and being
Administrator of MST Postgraduate Institute.
With the commendation of his church and SIM, Ross Jones has
returned to Africa, aged 73, to continue key translation work among
the Boko People in rural north western Nigeria. Ross first went to
Dahomey, now Benin, 50 years ago.
Rev Harold Taylor, former missionary in PNG, lecturer at MST and
Development and Education Officer with the Order of St Luke the
Physician, reports that his book, Sent to Heal: a Handbook on
Christian Healing, continues to be widely used, particularly in the
United States. The latest edition is published by Speedwell
Prolific correspondents Grahame and Liz Martin report that
theyve recently been back to the Arufe church in PNG to work with
the translation committee. Grahame was impressed by their accurate
translation of five chapters of Johns Gospel. Eight copies of
Genesis in the Suki language were given to the church.
May Paton, widow of Graham Paton, died aged 104. Graham, a
prodigious servant of the college for nearly 50 years, died in 2011
Rev Ben Wong, who studied at MST Chinese, was commissioned as
Priest-in-Charge at St Timothys Anglican Church in Bulleen in
Much-loved and remarkable missionary, Jessie Williamson AM, died
recently after a battle with leukemia. A lengthy obituary in The
Age tells of her challenging and faithful service in New Guinea
with RBMU, now known as World Team.
News has been received of the death of Merle Eastman ne
Alexander (54-55) after a long illness. Merle, along with her
husband Neil, served with Methodist Overseas Missions in the
islands of then New Guinea. A quadruple certificated nurse, Merle
had her moment of fame when she appeared as one of the few white
women in Lotu, the 1960 film by Cecil Holmes during the
pre-independence period in New Guinea.
Please send your news and updates to [email protected]
Its difficult to believe that MST(/BCV/MBI) and Wycliffe Bible
Translators/Summer Institute of Linguistics have been partnered
together in mission for 60 long years! Ive heard many amazing
stories of equipping and transformation that thrilled my soul, from
Cameron Townsends work in Guatemala, to Dr Ken Pikes pioneering
work in Mexico.
MBI/BCV/MSTs commitment to equipping men and women for world
mission has been greatly enriched by its partnership with WBT. Lets
celebrate this partnership by remembering the men and women who
gave their lives to the call to provide peoples and nations with
the Book of Books in their mother tongue.
I remember, during my time at MBI, sitting next to a young
bloke, Bruce Grayden, who later wrote Coffee on the Terrace, a
chilling read set amongst the violent Kalingas of northern
Philippines (see book review right). We had fellow students who
wore badges reading, Every Tribe by 85. Also in my year was a
gifted, scholarly lad named Bill Callister who now, nearly 45 years
later, leads a Wycliffe team of 120 in PNG.
Records show that, during the time Wycliffe Australia was
established, gifted Council members including Robert Story (UFM),
A.E. Coombe, Len Buck, J.G. Searle (principal), Harold McCracken
(MST Council member and lawyer) and Rev C.H. Nash (founder of MST
and by then well into his eighties), regularly gave Bible studies
for students and staff of the early language schools.
Recently, I attended a lunch to honour Anne Horswell after the
monthly MST Prayer Fellowship meeting, and who should be present
but Dorothy Summerson. She is one of at least six MST Alumni who
attended the initial Australian Summer Institute of Linguistics
course in 1950. Dorothy does not blow her own
Diamond Anniversary and the Great Commission
Bill and Sandra Callister
trumpet but we know that she continues a prayerful interest in
both WBT and MST.
A Roll of Honour is always in danger of leaving worthy men and
women out, and we would love to find and connect with the 60+
Wycliffe translators who studied at MBI/BCV/MST. In the meantime,
forgive us our preliminary attempt, as we include well-known names
like Leah Cupit, Tom Soper, Mary Moody and David Cummings.
David Cummings rose through the ranks over the years to become
International Director of WBT in the United States, moving their
International headquarters to Australia when they encountered visa
difficulties. Incidentally, when I spoke to Ruth in late July,
David had just flown to the USA for a round of speaking
Some others rightly include Ross Jones whos been doing
translation work with SIM for fifty years; and Delle Matthews,
now Dean of Studies at MST, who served as the Language Schools
Principal for a number of years.
In the 1990s, Robert and Rosemary Young worked in Macedonia;
whilst Paul Eckert, who received the Order of Australia in 2001 for
his linguistic work, translated for the Pitjantjatjara people of
Current younger translators include B.T. and Ali Coombe,
finishing the Gelah New Testament for a people group in the Solomon
Islands, Jeremy and Melinda Beimers and Greg and Heather
Despite reading endless reference material, I know I have left
out many who deserve to be recognised. We would like to get the
roll call of up to 60 alumni who have worked with WBT as
translators, administrative staff, pilots, engineers or in other
support roles. Please send more names to me at [email protected]
but be gentle as you send corrections, which I admit are my fault.
Above all, encourage
Diamond Anniversary and the Great CommissionBook review by
A gripping read to go with a hot shot of your favourite drop of
caffeine. It opens with sweet hot coffee, terrifying screams and
armed men out to kill MBI graduate #2476, author, Bruce Grayden. An
intriguing read, Coffee on the Terrace tells of the translation
work among the Kalinga people in the Philippines.
Bruce and Judy, an accountant and a qualified nurse, attended
many mission agency meetings as they grew up, but it wasnt until
they heard David Cummings speaking of soldiers hearing the call to
go into battle, that they heard a call to Bible translation.
Gods sovereign over-ruling in sending them to a remote,
unevangelised, fear-dominated mountain people, is a lesson for any
young person waiting on Gods call.
The progress of their translation work, amidst the fierce,
ongoing, intermittent opposition to the early planting of the seed
of faith and the growth of a church amongst spirit-bound people, is
recounted with honesty and humour.
Reprinted in the USA, this Aussie book is available from
Wycliffe at Kangaroo Ground for $13.95 + P&H.
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David and Ruth Cummings
Some include Ross Jones whos been doing translation work in
Africa with SIM for fifty years
By Graeme Rule
An incredible 44% of all visitors at our last Open Day in April
came because a current or past student, friend or pastor
recommended they check out Melbourne School of Theology. The fact
is you are the best advertising MST has!
After 32 years serving at MST/BCV, we farewelled our beloved
Anne Horswell who retired in mid-July. In her farewell photobook,
Principal Tim Meyers wrote: Annie, simply put, your love for Jesus
as expressed through your commitment to MST and, in particular,
your profound and invaluable awareness of the collective stories of
God at work through this ministry, and through so many lives who
have been shaped by it, are unequalled. Carry those memories with
you Annie; and know that the Lord has, indeed, been greatly
glorified through you.
Alumni and Friends 2014 Afternoon Tea ReunionSaturday 8
November, 2.304.00pm at MST Come and enjoy the fellowship, worship
and a briefing on whats happening here at MST. All MBI, BCV and MST
past students welcome.
2, 3 and 4
14 to 21
Open Week: Bring a friend. Experience a lectureDiscover your
Mission Week:The field application of MST theological
Around the Bay in a Day COM team ride and fundraiser for MST
Alumni and Friends Afternoon Tea Reunion MST Wantirna, 2:30-
Chinese Graduation MST Graduation Hall, all day
English Graduation MST Graduation Hall, 7.30pm
Dates for your diary
A Catalyst to MSTs Integrated Learning Future
2, 3 & 4 SEPTEMBER 2014
Support Melbourne School of Theology with your prayers and
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When was the last time you went to a restaurant on someones
recommendation? Its widely known that people are four times more
likely to engage in an activity when a friend recommends it.
As Melbourne School of Theology moves towards a flexible digital
future of Integrated Learning
(combining face-to-face and e-learning), were excited to
announce that Ben Chenoweth, a BCV graduate, is coming on board as
a catalyst, to coordinate the development of MSTs e-learning
E-learning has progressed far further than online lecture notes
- what we used to call Distance Ed in bygone eras. The digital
revolution doesnt just demand
we change our delivery systems: were having to rethink teaching
and learning too, and these new developments have the potential to
greatly expand MSTs impact, Ben says.
After completing a Masters of Theology, Ben and his family
joined Wycliffe, spending nearly 10 years in Russia, providing IT
support for language teams across the former Soviet Union.
Share your passion for Melbourne School of Theology and
encourage someone you know to come along and experience life at a
Bible college for one or two days during Open Week - 2, 3 & 4
It provides distinct benefits for all students, both on-campus
and online, particularly those wanting to study while continuing to
serve in their local churches, mission or ministry contexts, in
Melbourne or different parts of the world.