not talking about the food!
Our year ended with our second module in December,
and we had all of our students from the first module “officially” return by
God’s grace. It’s a formal return because one of our students was working with
Samaritan’s Purse in Greece and had to miss the module, while another just got
married and had to miss as well. They are both making the work up and returning
in March. We also had a new student from Montenegro join the cohort class. He
is working with Stan Surbatovic from Niksic, Montenegro for those who may know
him. Having 19 students is absolutely beyond what we imagined would happen, and
is a work of God’s grace. In this part of the world, having 2-3 students is
considered a success. We are very thankful!
The courses in December were, “Systematic Theology
II” taught by Matthew Henry, a Pastor from Kenosha, WI, and “Biblical Theology”
taught by Duane Tweeten, V.P. of Theological Education at TLI in MN. The
students did even better this time at adjusting to the more western style of
During our modules, we have established the
tradition of a “pizza night” at which the students can just hang out and talk
to the professors on a casual basis. All the students have really enjoyed this.
During this module, we had a special guest – Vera Birvis, widow of Aleks Birvis
who was a prominent theologian and author in Serbia. She gifted all his library
for the school, as Dr. Birvis was heavily involved in the school for many
years. Fluent in 8 languages, Dr. Birvis had an extensive library. We were very
thankful to get this gift, and have renamed the library in his honor. Now we
just need to get it all organized!