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Contact: Hope Against All Odds (Spring '12)

Contact: Hope Against All Odds (Spring '12)

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In a world of sin and hurt, hope easily dissipates when faced with tragedy, economic hardship, illness or betrayal. Dr. Ed Keazirian, Dr. Carol Kaminski, Dr. Roy Ciampa and Dr. Karen Mason offer their take on true hope in all circumstances. Other articles include alumni reflections on hope, and a story of God’s providence in poverty-stricken Madagascar.
In a world of sin and hurt, hope easily dissipates when faced with tragedy, economic hardship, illness or betrayal. Dr. Ed Keazirian, Dr. Carol Kaminski, Dr. Roy Ciampa and Dr. Karen Mason offer their take on true hope in all circumstances. Other articles include alumni reflections on hope, and a story of God’s providence in poverty-stricken Madagascar.

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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
SPRING ’12 | VOL.40 NO.1
Hope
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Inquiries regarding CONTACT maybe addressed to:Editor, CONTACTGordon-Conwell Theological Seminary130 Essex StreetS. Hamilton, MA 01982Tel: 978.468.7111email: editor@gordonconwell.eduwww.gordonconwell.edu
GORDON-CONWELL THEOLOGICALSEMINARY DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ONTHE BASIS OF RACE, GENDER, NATIONALOR ETHNIC ORIGIN, AGE, HANDICAP ORVETERAN STATUS.
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The Ministry Magazine of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
 
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A Grace Disguised
When Life’s Challenges Meet God’s Purposes
Joni Eareckson Tada David Deuel Kathy McReynolds
June 15-16, 2012
South Hamilton, MA
The Marshall Hudson Summer Conerence
Marshall A. Hudson founded the World Wide Baraca Philathea Bible Union in 1896. This parachurch organization was designedto develop greater knowledge and practical application of Scripture in young men and women. This conference is dedicated inHudson’s honor to the continual development of strong Christian leaders.
Where is God in the midst of our sicknesses,our loneliness, our losses?Where is He during our world’s disasters and wars?Is God all-loving? Is He all-powerful?This summer the Ockenga Institute has dedicated its Summer Conference to asking the hard questions of life.Join Joni Eareckson Tada, David Deuel, Kathy McReynolds and others as they tackle nding God’s purposesin life’s challenges. Through main sessions and interactive workshops, we will explore together the answersto these questions and learn to nd God’s grace in the midst of life’s storms.
alumni on hopeseminary newsin memoriamalumni newsopening the word
Maria L. Boccia
 
Hope in the Desert
Anne B. Doll
True Hope You Can Take to the Bank
Edward M. Keazirian
In the Furnace of Afiction: Lessonsfrom the Life of Daniel
Carol M. Kaminski
Joy in a Prison Cell
Roy E. Ciampa
Hope for the Wounded
Karen E. Mason
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BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Dr. Dennis P. Hollinger
President 
Mr. Tom J. Colatosti
Chair 
Dr. Claude R. Alexander, Jr.
Vice Chair 
Mr. Herbert P. Hess
Treasurer 
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Mr. Joel B. AarsvoldMrs. Linda Schultz AndersonDr. George F. BennettRev. Dr. Garth T. BolinderRev. Dr. Richard P. Camp, Jr.Dr. Stan D. GaedeMrs. Joyce A. GodwinRev. Dr. Michael E. HaynesMr. Ivan C. HinrichsRev. Dr. John A. Huffman, Jr.Mr. Caleb Loring, IIIMrs. Joanna S. MocklerFred L. Potter, Esq.Shirley A. Redd, M.D.Mr. Timothy B. RobertsonRev. Samuel Rodriguez, Jr.Mrs. Virginia M. SnoddyJ. Christy Wilson III, Esq.Rev. Dr. John H. WomackWilliam C. Wood, M.D.
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Dr. Richard A. ArmstrongRev. Dr. Leighton FordMr. Roland S. HinzMr. Richard D. PhippenMr. John G. Talcott, Jr.Rev. Dr. Paul E. Toms
CO-FOUNDER &TRUSTEE EMERITUS
Dr. William F. Graham
PRESIDENT ANDTRUSTEE EMERITUS
Dr. Robert E. Cooley,
PRESIDENT EMERITUS
Dr. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.
President Emeritus 
PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL
Dr. Dennis P. Hollinger
President 
Mr. Robert S. Landrebe
Executive Vice President and CFO 
Dr. Frank A. James
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Mr. Kurt W. Drescher
Vice President of Advancement 
Mrs. Lita Schlueter
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on the
front lines
On an island in the Indian Ocean off the coast ofEast Africa, two Gordon-Conwell D.Min. graduatesare ministering to the poorest of the poor.
W
hen Todd and Patsy McGregor responded toGod’s call to missions in 1991, they determinedto go “where the greatest need was.” Today, TheRt. Rev. Dr. Todd McGregor, now an Anglican Bishop, andThe Rev. Dr. Patsy McGregor, an Anglican priest, live in apoverty stricken area in southwestern Madagascar—theninth poorest country in the world.In the remote desert area where the couple ministers,
daily incomes average  cents, gleaned chiely fromsubsistence farming. Two and a half years ago, locustswreaked havoc on this arid region. Last year, faminestruck, affecting , people.
Most people live in small bamboo or tin huts. Theyhave no indoor plumbing. “When it rains,Todd says,“you’ll see people out on the streets collecting water and
bathing right there at the side of the road. At the same
time, they are sponging water into their mouths.”
Living next door to Todd and Patsy for four yearswas an African Traditionalist shaman and priest, whose
daughter, Nolavy, accepted Christ and studied the Biblewith Patsy. Nolavy eventually became an evangelist and isnow a student at a theological school in Kenya. When she
graduates, she could become the irst clergywoman in her
province. “It’s an amazing story,” Patsy says, “and it’s by
the grace of God.”Nolavy’s path to faith is illustrative of Todd and Patsy’s
approach to evangelism. “We indigenously live among thepeople, just being present and saying ‘hello’ every day,”Patsy explains. Over time, she built a relationship withNolavy, discipling her through Bible study and prayer. Andthen two more girls wanted to pray with Patsy, and she
would invite them to do things together with her family.
“We’d say, ‘We’re going to the market. Do you want tocome along, maybe even watch me play tennis sometime?’We’d take a walk, or I’d get my hair braided. I got my hairbraided a lot just to be rubbing shoulders with the people!”
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