As we informed you in our last Newsletter, the first phase of our Shoulder to Shoulder Strategy is to assist Bible colleges with their online capacity through upgrades to IT, cameras and learning materials on the web. What we are beginning to witness is what we had hoped and prayed for. Colleges that are equipped to educate online are positioned to reach a much larger audience, thereby multiplying their impact. As schools deal with the impact of the corona virus, we are seeing the promises of God being fulfilled, where “the Spirit helps us in our weakness” and “God works for the good of those who love him…” (Romans 8:26 & 28).
One partner college where God’s goodness is so evidenced is the Alexandria School of Theology (AST). AST began in 2005-06 with campuses in Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt. In fulfillment of their mission of “serving the Kingdom of God and growing Christ’s church through theological and spiritual formation of Christian leaders,” AST expanded their influence in 2013 by establishing a presence in Tunis, Tunisia and in Gambella, Ethiopia (a school serving mostly South Sudanese refugees who have fled over the border).