One of the guests here at the Institute in October was Yuriy Mark. Yuriy graduated from TCMI in 1997, the first ever graduate from Ukraine. One of his professors at Haus Edelweiss was former Institute director Ronald Heine, who travelled to Heiligenkreuz to teach History of Doctrine.
After graduation, Yuriy together with a number of colleagues started a bible college (Tavriski Christian Institute) back in Ukraine. In 2011, he began to sense the need for further education; after praying and searching, he entered the Doctor of Ministry programme at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. He is researching the topic of reconciliation between Christian communities in the Middle East, exploring how remembering and commemorating the victims of violence on all sides of a conflict might create the space for understanding and forgiveness between Christians. He spent a week here at the Institute, making use of various University libraries to collect material for his research project.
We were also very pleased to see an old friend, Beth Jarvis, who now lives in Valparaiso, Indiana, and to meet two of her fellow travellers, Donnah Wilson, from Atlanta, and Kip Lines, from Indianapolis, who is the new Executive Director of CMF International. Beth, Donnah and Kip were on their way to Freiburg, where Globalscope recently launched a new campus ministry.