The full impact of the COVID-19 crisis on our lives, our livelihoods and on the state of our nation, is something we are all grappling to comprehend. We can barely imagine what the predicted and disproportionate impact of COVID-19 will be like for people living in the developing world.
Our partner Bible colleges serve mostly in countries without accessible and dependable technology to support learning and work. They do not have wealthy governments capable of replacing wages or the economic infrastructure that ensures the supply of food and health essentials. Even less do they have world-class health systems. The developing world is facing not only a potentially insurmountable health crisis in the short term, but a devastating social and economic crisis over the months and years to come. Supporting our partner Bible colleges during this global emergency is a critical priority for Overseas Council Australia and reSource Leadership International.
Our partners are facing a series of institutional crises that mirror their own nations. These include an instant shift to online education requiring new resources and upskilling for faculty and students. As we’ve seen in other disaster situations, colleges will naturally step in to support those who have lost work, those who are sick, the vulnerable and traumatised.
Most partner colleges have moved to online lectures, but few are proficient. They need help to provide comprehensive online learning experiences.
Leading partner colleges throughout the Pacific, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa will soon come under enormous stress, far worse than anything we have seen in China, Europe, Italy and Spain (or what might happen in North America). If wealthier countries lose hundreds of thousands of lives, it is not unrealistic to expect far greater devastation in developing world countries. The cramped conditions in slums and the low capacity of hospitals are indicators of how the crisis will proceed.
This is essential – The training institutions for Christian leaders must continue.
More is possible – we want to do more – and we are standing shoulder to shoulder with leading institutions to meet the challenges that have already begun. Not for their own sakes, but for the sake of the global church, which will minister throughout this crisis and in the years ahead.
Strategy Summary | September 2020
Schools that reSource is committed to
Alexandria School of Theology, Egypt* ($17,300)
Biblical Seminary Colombia, Colombia ($6,700)
Colombo Theological Seminary, Sri Lanka* ($10,500)
George Whitefield College, South Africa* ($15,000)
Hanoi Bible College, Vietnam ($13,800)
Kigali Anglican Theological College-EACC, Rwanda* ($14,000)
LAMAU-Lake Malawi Anglican University, Malawi* ($23,400)
Madras Theological Seminary and College, India* ($6,400)
St Paul’s University, Kenya* ($11,400)
Ugandan Christian University, Uganda* ($5,100)
* Schools that reSource is supporting in joint partnership with Overseas Council-Australia:
1. Cost figures reflect reSources’ commitment to the school
2. As reSource & OC-A has agreed to a 50%/50% split for most projects, the schools involved will be receiving around twice the amount stated in the table above
**Funds raised in excess of this amount will be used to support additional schools not on this list
To stand Shoulder to Shoulder with our partner schools, you can write a cheque to reSource, send an e-transfer or donate online.
Please make cheques payable to ‘reSource Leadership International’ and mail to:
reSource Leadership International
5335 Gainsberg Road
Bowser, British Columbia
V0R 1G0 CANADA
News & Stories | Shoulder to Shoulder Project Updates
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, reSource Leadership International, along with our Overseas Council affiliates in Australia, the USA, New Zealand and Europe, as well as with ScholarLeaders, collaborated to mobilize over $1 million (USD) to help 90 Majority World Bible colleges as well as 30 scholar leaders in training.
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).
The first phase of our Shoulder to Shoulder strategy is to assist seminaries to increase student online capacity through upgrades to IT, cameras, online books and journals. Innovative online theological education will not only help Bible colleges survive but actually enable them to thrive! For colleges that are well equipped to educate online are positioned to reach a much larger audience, thereby multiplying their impact.