An important key to helping Bible schools in the Majority World is supporting leadership and faculty with additional training. We equip the equippers by sponsoring both current and future faculty members. Dedicated study time improves their qualifications and capacity to teach, enthuses their students and increases a school’s long-term effectiveness.
reSource Leadership International is partnering with ScholarLeaders International to help equip Saralen Tran, a teacher at Hanoi Bible College (HBC) in Vietnam, to pursue doctoral studies at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (APNTS) in the Philippines. The focus of her PhD studies will be Transformational Learning, i.e. how to better teach theological education with minority groups in Vietnam.
Saralen has chosen this as her focus because the majority of students at HBC are ethnic minorities mostly from the Hmong people. And while the students are intellectually smart, their limited capacity for learning is slowing their progress. Her graduate studies are an opportunity to do professional research on how to better understand their ways of learning and develop methodologies that will enable students to learn better and be more effective pastors, teachers and leaders in their communities.
Saralen writes: “While being sent by my school re-enforces my long-term commitment to the teaching ministry, this does not fully express my motivation for studies. Becoming a professor, writing and gaining a next level of academic achievement may make me feel good about myself, but they are not really important. While I love being a learner of new things and interacting with other people, and while there is honor attached to setting my vocational goal for something big that will positively affect others, my greatest goal is to demonstrate the fulfilled life God has intended for me to live. There are still things to explore and our God is a Master Teacher of all things. As long as I live, “if it is the Lord’s will” I will live and do this or that (James 4:16).”