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BTSR awarded grants for development and missions immersion program

Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (BTSR) has recently been awarded two grants which will be instrumental in funding future pursuits. The Wabash Center, an organization which seeks to promote and further theological education, awarded $18,000 to be used in BTSR’s Missions Immersion Experience (MIE) program, an intercultural requirement of all students who pursue the M.Div degree program. The Robins Foundation, in their second grant to the seminary this year, awarded BTSR a $10,000 grant restricted for use in resources for the development of funding prospects in conjunction with the seminary’s current matching campaign.

      The Wabash grant will facilitate greater depth of instruction in the MIE program. “We desire to move to new heights of pedagogy at BTSR, and the grant will help us to bring five MIE coordinators from three continents to BTSR campus in September,” explains Dr. Caleb Oladipo, director of BTSR’s MIE program and Professor of Christian Mission and World Christianity. “What they do with our students is important, but this will help them rediscover the program’s significance and its transformative impact in the lives of our students.” The MIE program allows students to become immersed in a culture different from their own and promotes shared learning. The program is unique to BTSR.

     The Robins grant will make possible more avenues of development in cultivating donor relationships specifically by helping BTSR complete its current matching campaign, “Opening the Door for the Future.” The seminary is within $35,000 of meeting its goal of raising $500,000, which will be matched to raise a total of $1 million toward training women and men for ministry.




BTSR announces new concentration in M.Div. degree program

For the 2012-13 academic year and beyond, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (BTSR) will offer a concentration in Justice and Peacebuilding as part of its M.Div degree program. “This new emphasis helps BTSR live out values that have been inherent in our seminary from its founding,” said Dr. Israel Galindo, Dean. “It will expand the options for ministry in the world for our students.”

The degree concentration is in partnership with the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding in Harrisonburg, VA ( The concentration components for this concentration will reside primarily with the summer institute of the Center, an accredited program with a world-class reputation and an established record of leadership in the field of justice and peacebuilding. The program includes students from over 50 countries representing many cultures. “The new concentration, and the partnership with the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, offers a unique emphasis that meets current ethical and emergent global realities for ministry,” explains Galindo. “Our faculty is excited to offer our students this opportunity.”



Campbellsville University to begin new RN to BSN program for School of Nursing

CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY (03/23/2012)(readMedia)-- Campbellsville University will be starting a program for registered nurses to earn their bachelor's of science degree in nursing beginning in May.

The mission of the RN to BSN completion program is to offer a higher level of nursing education through an innovative and highly accessible curriculum, according to Beverly Rowland, associate professor of nursing.

"The program is tailored to the working adult and classes will be offered online in asynchronous classes, meaning students will be able to attend on their own schedule without time constraints."

The completion program allows the registered nurse to continue with work, family and community commitments while pursuing that dream of professional achievement, she said.

"I am very pleased that Campbellsville University can finally provide this opportunity for community nurses who are eager to advance their education in nursing," she said.

"In the past, nurses have had to travel some distance from surrounding communities to pursue higher education, taking time away from families and work.  Now they can study in their own community and focus on everyday living while fulfilling that calling for lifelong learning and professional expertise."

Dr. Bob Wade, dean of the School of Nursing, said, "Earning an associate's in nursing and starting a career in nursing, then returning to school to earn a BSN is a sensible and practical way for RNs to secure their future and upward mobility in the profession."

Christie Glasscock, a CU student and instructor, is very excited about the program and said, "This is a great opportunity for RNs like myself, with an associate degree, to further their education and their careers. I have been a RN for 18 years and I have taught nursing assisting for six years, I am taking the BSN classes so that I can teach LPN or RN classes in the future."

Dustin Ford, a CU student from Campbellsville, said, "The essentials and growth that I received in the ADN program at CU makes me excited to experience the BSN program. I did not only learn how to be a skillful nurse, but I also learned to be a compassionate and holistic nurse at Campbellsville University's Nursing School. Therefore I look forward to developing those key characteristics even more in this program."

Nursing alumni of Campbellsville University, along with those who have an RN degree from another school or live in another state, are welcome to apply to the program.

The admissions process to the program is as follows: application to the university, application to the School of Nursing and transcripts and licensure information sent to CU followed by a letter of acceptance.

Students must verify work experience as a registered nurse, and there is flexibility entering the program at different times of the year. Core nursing courses will be offered throughout the year and the student may enter at any point in time.

If most or all general education requirements are met, many can complete the program in approximately 15 to 18 months.

This new RN to BSN completion program serves the community and the region through promoting lifelong learning and contributing to the profession of nursing and the health of society, Rowland said.

For more information about the program, contact Beverly Rowland at (270) 789-5155 or by email at


Campbellsville University School of Nursing serves 2,125 in Haiti medical mission trip

School of Nursing’s faculty, students and friends served 2,125 people in four days of clinics on a medical mission trip to Haiti over the university’s Christmas break.

The team of 26 people served clinics which consisted of several stations, according to Hannah White, a nursing student from Hodgenville, Ky. She said stations included “prayer where we would pray for their specific needs and share the Gospel.”

In triage the team took vitals like blood pressure, pulse, temperature, etc. and then the Haitians would meet with a doctor who would write a prescription if needed. The pharmacy was run by a Haitian pharmacist, but the team bought all the medicine. 

After visiting the pharmacy, the team would give injections if the doctor said it was needed. The last station was gifts where the team gave away toothbrushes, shirts, food, toys and flip-flops. 

While the clinic was going on, other team members worked with children’s ministry. Sarah Fletcher, a biology major from Russell Springs, Ky., said, “The children were priceless, beautiful and just the sweetest children you could hope to meet.” 

While playing with the children, Fletcher said a child’s eyes “lit up” when he put a Tootsie Roll in his mouth, something that is not a big deal to Americans. 

In another clinic, Fletcher sat with a little girl while a translator asked the children in Creole: “Who do you love? Do you love Jesus?” Fletcher said the little girl in her lap “squished my face asking me if I loved Jesus and knew him. She has known me for a very short time but was concerned if I know God and who He is.” 

Fletcher said seeing the joy in the Haitian people with what little they have has “made me realize how much I have been given and how I should be more joyful every day.” 

White came to a similar conclusion when the team visited a poor community where people lived in huts and tents. When the team arrived, children came running and were so happy to see them. “They had nothing but were such happy people,” White said.

 This was White’s second trip to Haiti and she said she realized “just how blessed I really am. It’s almost embarrassing how much I have and how little these people have, and they are probably happier than I ever will be.” 

Also during their trip, the team fed over 500 Haitian children rice and beans during one day of clinical. Angie Atwood, instructor in nursing, said, “We merely donated our time, smiles and unconditional love -- exactly what those children requested from us.” 

Erin Martin, a December 2011 graduate of CU’s School of Nursing from Campbellsville, Ky., has been to Haiti with the School of Nursing two years in a row. Last year she said she “fell in love with this little boy named Mackenzie.” This year, she and her husband have begun the process of adopting Mackenzie. 

Another Campbellsville University team of five students traveled to Arlington, Texas over Christmas break to serve in Mission Arlington’s Christmas store helping needy families pick out Christmas gifts for children and sharing the Gospel with them. 


East Texas Baptist University students enjoy eye-opening trip to Ethiopia

“Eye opening,” is the sentiment of 12 East Texas Baptist University students who experienced a 10-day mission trip to Ethiopia during the Christmas break. The long journey from campus to Bona, a small village in southern Ethiopia, was the first ETBU student trip to the area. The final leg of the journey to arrive in Bona was a five hour bus trip, with the last four traveled on a very bumpy, dirt road. The whole ministry trip had over 90 hours of travel.

ETBU Assistant Professor of Religion Dr. Elijah Brown, along with his wife, Amy, accompanied the team of students to Ethiopia. Dr. Brown said it is difficult to put into words the different lifestyles that one finds in the various places of the world.

So what is Ethiopia like, especially for a small village of 5,000 such as Bona?

“On the Sunday the students were in Bona, they visited a family that lives in a small one- room hut,” shared Dr. Brown. “There was very little separation between the parents and the six children. The kitchen area consists of a fire to cook over. At night, the family brings their cows inside the hut with them. Can you imagine sleeping at night in that kind of environment?”

“This was my first trip overseas,” said Breann Whitaker, a sophomore from Caddo Mills. “It was really eye opening because, when compared to the possessions that most college students have, the Ethiopians have very little. They are not worried about material things. I thought I was going to be very sad while I was there, but their happiness is really contagious.”

“The people of Ethiopia are so welcoming, warm, joyful, and thoughtful,” added senior Jordan Langford of Wellington. “Our main objective while in Ethiopia was to bring honor to God,” said Alisa Roberts, senior from Sherman.

“On the trip, we did a VBS at the Bright Hope Buckner School in Bona for about 400 children. We split in different groups, using a rotation of Bible study, crafts, recreation, and health stations,” said sophomore Onisha Bradshaw of Garland. “I was on the crafts team and it was amazing seeing little children using a crayon for the first time.”  

During the Bible study time, the ETBU students used translators to help them teach through the first 11 chapters of Genesis. “One day while I was in the middle of teaching about Adam and Eve, so many distractions started happening,” said Lucy Elston, a junior from Mansfield. “The children were talking, looking out the window, and the teacher’s cell phone literally went off three times.”

Elston had prayed before the trip that the children would have an understanding to the truths being taught. As the distractions were occurring Elston asked silently, “God, why so many distractions?  I am trying to teach Your Word.”

“I realized something, in our teaching we were proclaiming some serious truth, and the enemy was trying to thwart its purpose in the lives of the children by distracting them,” continued Elston. “God confirmed my request when He made me realize these things. I began to feel so empowered and continued teaching with even more boldness that drowned out the cries of the enemy.”

“The principal at the school, who also served as one our translators, said he was so intrigued by the health teaching because it was new to him,” said freshman Logan Moree of Paris. The health education station taught the children how to boil their water to make it clean, brush their teeth, wash their hands, and use the restroom and dispose waste correctly.  

“The principal said he had plans of teaching the same material to the families of his students we taught. It just warmed my heart that simple health techniques that we practice in America and take for granted, could potentially save lives,” added Moree. 

The group did other evangelistic work by showing the “Jesus Video,” one evening at a local Christian church. “There were people just crying and weeping openly as they watched how Jesus was being treated,” said Langford. “I remember one woman distinctly, during the scene when the soldiers were beating Jesus in the court. The woman and myself caught eyes as she was holding her baby so tight, rocking back and forth, just crying. That emotion was so real.”

The team split up on Sunday while in Bona, allowing each group to attend different churches. Dr. Brown was invited to preach at one church and freshman Calvin Williams preached his first ever sermon at the other.

“What a blessing to partner with the churches that are there. The church within Ethiopia is growing at a rapid pace. It is an exciting time to go to a place and see that Christianity is really on the move,” said Dr. Brown.

“One of the highlights for many of the students that has been shared with me, was the opportunity we had on Sunday morning to participate in a robust worship service,” said Dr. Brown.

Roberts said, reflecting back on her Sunday attending church in Bona, “I will never forget the experience. During the worship time, the congregation literally jumped and danced in praise of Jesus. At that moment, it hit me that we were all part of the body of Christ and even though I could not understand them, we were worshipping the same Jesus. And some day in heaven we will be united together in praise of the Lamb!”

“I say frequently, you have not really worshipped until you have worshipped in Africa,” added Dr. Brown.

The team also participated in a high school exchange with approximately 25 students. The cultural exchange allowed for a time of relationship building and for each group to visit about their culture, customs, and holidays.  

Before leaving the country, time in the capital city of Addis Ababa allowed the ETBU students to tour the offices of Bright Hope, including their baby and children’s orphanage. They also toured Addadi Maryan Church, which is a rock hewn-church built in the 12th-14th centuries and still in use today.

“The people of Ethiopia are so different than me and live halfway around the world from the ETBU campus, yet we believe in the same God. God is doing so much in the country of Ethiopia,” concluded Elston.