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Training global leaders

ELCA scholarships cover the world

Yip Man-hei sees more squirrels than people on the campus of Wartburg Seminary. The campus isn’t empty. But Dubuque, Iowa, seems awfully quiet compared to Yip’s home in Hong Kong, one of the most densely populated cities in the world. “Dubuque is really a quiet place to start my theological studies, a good place to concentrate,” she said.

Magdi Gendi used an ELCA scholarship
Magdi Gendi used an ELCA scholarship for doctoral work in Old Testament at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., to assist him in his work as acting dean of the Coptic Evangelical [Presbyterian] Church of the Nile’s seminary in Cairo, Egypt. He said he valued the interaction with people from different cultures and countries.
Yip is working toward a master of arts degree in Wartburg’s theology, development and evangelism program. She’s one of 64 students from companion Lutheran churches and other church bodies presently working in the U.S. and abroad through the ELCA international scholarship program. Yip is from the Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong, a member church of the Lutheran World Federation.

These ELCA scholarships allow future leaders worldwide to have advanced training that’s not available in their countries and to specialize in work that will strengthen the ministry of their churches. Sometimes that means theology. Other times health care, development or management skills are most needed.

While serving an internship at the LWF in Geneva, Switzerland, Yip caught a vision of human rights that helped her when she volunteered in Mongolia for a year. “I saw many hungry people, people who were struggling to survive. I started to wonder about the role of the church in response to poverty. I wanted to learn more,” she said.

Now at Wartburg, Yip is most interested in public health and economics. “They are essential parts of community development,” she said. “I have learned a lot about holistic ministry and how to strike a balance between evangelism and community development.”


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