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LeeLee Hinson-Hasty is Senior Director for Theological Education Funds Development at the Presbyterian Foundation of the PC (U.S.A.). Through his work Lee hopes to capture and share a more expansive view of theological education, of church leadership and of vocational discernment as he sees through the eyes of some exciting Presbyterians in and related to PC(U.S.A.) seminaries.

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May 4, 2016

Partners in Zimbabwe show strong commitment to education

Zimbabwe’s once formidable education system, which became one of Africa’s best in the decades following independence in 1980, has been hit hard by spending cuts and economic contractions in the 21st century. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s global partners in Zimbabwe have a strong commitment to education as a mechanism for tackling poverty and enabling all Zimbabweans to know life in fullness. 

Soon after independence, the Harare Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) turned most of its schools over to the government, retaining only one, a primary school at Nyabira, as a ...

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April 26, 2016

Members of the Training Leaders for Community Transformation Advisory Team

One of the greatest privileges of facilitating the Training Leaders for Community Transformation campaign has been working alongside a remarkable group of highly influential people from across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). As I introduce the members of the Advisory Team, I am deeply appreciative of their great wealth of expertise in relation to the contextual and holistic formation of new generations of people willing to be equipped to share the love of God in Jesus Christ in word and deed. Their input, affirmation encouragement, connections and sometimes difficult questions very significantly inform the direction of the campaign. I ...

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April 19, 2016

PC(USA) partners with Gidada Theological College in Ethiopia to train leaders

By guest blogger: Stephen Stelle, mission co-worker in Ethiopia since 2013.

Try to imagine more than half of the churches within your presbytery without an ordained minister on staff. That is the problem facing the Western Wolega Bethel Synod as they have only 165 ordained pastors for more than 400 growing congregations. The Western Wolega Bethel Synod is working hard to solve this problem by training pastors at their Gidada Theological College. Students not only learn to be ministers but are trained for community transformation as the Synod maintains a holistic approach to ministry - seeking to change the mind, body ...

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April 18, 2016

Bethel Evangelical Secondary School helps Ethiopian girls complete high school, overcome poverty

By guest blogger: Steve Stelle, mission co-worker in Ethiopia since 2013

One day, outside the gate of the Bethel Evangelical Secondary School (BESS) campus, people were digging and constructing a new concrete ditch for the road. Many of the workers were young women, between the ages of 15 to 19 years old. Amanuel Tesfaye, principal at BESS, said these girls either did not pass the 10th grade national exams and were not allowed to finish high school or they had dropped out of school because of personal problems. They worked for 40 birr a day (approximately $2 USD). These ...

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April 4, 2016

New education ministry tailored to meet needs of Syrian refugees

On April 7, I will travel to Lebanon and Syria to visit the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL) schools and meet with mission co-worker Scott Parker. 

Below is a recent Presbyterian News Service article written by Scott, which explains the importance of the new education ministry:



It is mid-winter in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, but it is the first month of school for 100 Syrian children. Although the surrounding villages are filled with plenty of school-age Syrian children playing and selling chewing gum in the streets, these kids are glad to be in the classroom ...

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October 30, 2015

Working to alleviate poverty through education in the Democratic Republic of Congo

For the next month, I plan to highlight our partners’ work in several countries with regards to poverty alleviation through education. Every week, I’ll post information provided by our mission co-workers deeply involved in this work.

This week’s post discusses Gwenda Fletcher’s work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Classroom in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Studies show a strong inverse correlation between levels of education and poverty.  In the Congo, with 77.2% of the population living on less than $1.90/day and more than half the inhabitants younger than 18, there is significant potential for education to improve household well-being measured ...

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September 28, 2015

God at Work in Dembi Dollo

To observe the effect of God working through the PC(USA) partnership with the Bethel Evangelical Secondary School (BESS), you don’t have to look any farther than the life of Amanuel Tesfaye, the director of BESS. In all honesty, Amanuel is the epitome of everything we are taught in the Perspectives course.

Amanuel Tesfaye, director of BESS

Amanuel Tesfaye, director of BESS

Amanuel has lived in Dembi Dollo his entire life. He is the eldest child from a very poor family. Amanuel’s father is a very poor farmer who still lives on the road between the BESS School and town. Years ago, a ...

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