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.
Many years ago in a small village in Zambia a young man, Tembo, set out on a journey. He moved to Uganda to follow his dream and attain his Ph.D. Tembo studied and worked very hard during this time in his life. At the same time, he began to ask questions and develop a relationship with his Global Scholars professor, who discipled him as a follower of Christ.
According to recent reports, Hurricane Matthew has left 572 dead in Haiti as well as leaving much of the country under knee deep, or higher, waters. The entire southern peninsula is cut off from the rest of Haiti due to a major bridge being washed out. Citizens of the nation are trapped in their neighborhoods, many homes are in ruins and food and water are expected to run out soon.
Students throughout the world are under attack for their faith, values and even their lives. Students like Tuyen, from a country in Asia, who was tricked by relatives into getting into a vehicle that ended up kidnapping her to be someone’s bride. She managed to escape, barely surviving a swim across a river to a safe shore.
Universities are dangerous to those who seek to control a nation with their brand of radical ideology, whether radical Islam, Marxism or Secularism. It is much harder to control men and women who receive an education and learn to think for themselves. Therefore many see universities as one of the greatest threats to their power. As has often been said, the three square feet behind a university lectern is the most dangerous real estate in a nation!
In 2011 there were 44 Global Scholars reaching lost students worldwide with the grace and truth of the gospel. Yet we dreamed of the day when there would be 100 Global Scholars reaching students around the globe. So we restructured and retooled the ministry and launched the “Multiply Your Impact” Strategic Plan to reach this goal by June 2016.