It Was Very Good: God, Genesis, and the Joys of Faith

Give us Jesus Christ who, in the Great Day of Judgment,
is God’s mercy to us!

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Sunday, June 22, 2014
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Stone Hill’s First Global South Leadership Resident
Receive such people in the Lord with joy (Philippians 2:29).

Earlier this year it was announced that Stone Hill would be launching a Global South Leadership Residency (GSLR) as one of the “Expanding Our Serve” missional projects. The goal of the GSLR is to bring two to three recognized Christian leaders from Global South regions (Africa, Asia, South America), one per year for the next three years, for a several month residency here at Stone Hill. The residency would provide the leaders with a break from regular responsibilities and an opportunity to study, write, interact with us, and refuel while being an active member of our church fellowship. The first resident, Dr. Paul Joshua, arrives this Wednesday afternoon. Here is a brief bio of this remarkable servant of Christ:

Dr Paul Joshua is married to Sumitha, and together they have three children: Sithara, Tharika, and Pratheek.  The family lives in Bangalore, India, where Paul serves as an elder at the Tamil Brethren Church and is a “Commended Worker.” A Professor of Theology at South Asia Institute for Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS), Paul is also head of the Pastoral Theology and Counselling department as well as Director of the Masters Program. He has published widely in journals and books and faithfully serves Christ and his people through writing, research, and itinerant teaching and preaching. He is a member of the Core Committee of the Evangelical Theological Society of India (ETSI), a member of the Theology Working Group of the Lausanne Movement, an associate of the Missions Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEAMC), a member of the Networking Team of the International Fellowship of Mission as Transformation (INFEMIT), a member of the Fellowship of Indian Missiologists, (FOIM) and member of the International Association of Mission Studies (IAMS). With all these accomplishments, Paul lists as his greatest delight that he is “a child of God whose principal vocation is to participate in the mission of God.”

Dr. Joshua will be with us for three months. Due to schooling requirements, his family remains in India. I hope you will welcome him with Christ’s welcome!