Tyndale House seeks to build lasting relationships with scholars from across the globe. While academics are at Tyndale House, we provide the right tools and atmosphere for study. Though often bittersweet, we are keen to see scholars return to their home countries to resource the global Church. Yet it is not goodbye. Tyndale House strives to maintain these relationships and to provide scholars with on-going support. We desire to build international networks in order to raise future generations of biblical scholars.
Meeting the need of the Church in Brazil
One scholar nearing the end of his PhD programme is Diego Alves. He pursued a PhD due to his passion and call to serve the Church in Brazil. However, during his PhD programme Diego needed further financial assistance. Tyndale House heard of his need and was able to support his studies through covering his residence and library costs at Tyndale House. Thanks to this support and Diego’s hard work, he has been able to come to the conclusion of his PhD journey. Reflecting on this season, Deigo shared, “This journey has sharpened my research skills and helped me to deepen my knowledge of and love for Scripture.”
Diego will return to Brazil in order to help reduce the current disparity between the dramatic increase of Christians in the country and the limited number of academically trained leaders. “At this moment one of the most urgent needs of the Church in Brazil,” says Diego, “is for more theological lecturers, writers, teachers, thinkers and, of course, preachers, all trained to the highest academic level and all combining the passion evident in many new Christians with sound Biblical understanding.” Leaders with both passion and training will be crucial for raising up the many new Christians in Brazil. One way Diego will contribute to meeting this need is by addressing the gap in Brazilian theological literature. Despite the quality of some Christian publishers who have translated Christian literature, there are still too few books written by Brazilians and too little theology done from the context of this large and diverse country. Diego will contribute through writing, preaching and teaching, as well as in encouraging and training pastors and potential scholars to take up this challenge.