He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him, (Luke 4:16-17)
Jesus returned to his hometown in Nazareth, Galilee, as a man with a vision, a powerful purpose, and a calling to fulfill the words of the prophet, Isaiah (61). The son of God was in the room, but that unfolding would come later. In Luke 4 we read that those in attendance were astonished by the change they saw from the boy they once knew, to the man now before them. If you or I were to visit the church of our youth, what would we tell them? What good news would we give them? Here are some lessons that come to mind as I wrap up my first year as the president of DIU.
- Leave room for God to be God in your plans. It’s ok not to have all the answers and to wait for God to reveal the next step. It’s also ok to move forward trusting in Him to direct you, even changing course.
- Make it habit to meet new people from different backgrounds and perspectives. There is a wealth of hard-earned wisdom out there, and you’ll find that people want to share their story and listen to yours.
- Pray often and for everyone you can think of. James 5 says, “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” Prayer keeps us humble and outward looking as we intercede for others’ needs, not just our own.
- Invest in your personal growth and development. It may be a book, a class, an experience, or a new hobby. The important thing is for us to be healthy, gracious, and ready to honor Christ with our lives.
- Love deeply. This one is hard, but if we do not experience the vulnerability that comes through loving others, we miss out on how much God loves each of us.
It has been a delight to serve as the President of DIU. Thank you for your encouragement, words of wisdom and patience as I settled into the job. I am very grateful to God for his grace in making up for my lack many times over!
Tonia and I are on a vacation next week, so the President’s Pen will be on a hiatus. We’re headed over the pond for our son’s graduation in Fontainebleau, France. We wish you a wonderful Independence Day as we celebrate the founding of the USA, and the many blessings we enjoy thanks to the sacrifices and courage of many before us. Au revoir, à la prochaine!
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- July 4 DIU Closed
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- August 3 Study Day – No Classes – Offices Open
- August 4 Summer Term Ends
- August 17 Fall Inservice
AL5398 with the President
Dr. Scott Berthiaume will be teaching AL5398 Current Issues in Translation this fall. This seminar exposes the student to some of the most current and critical themes relevant to Bible Translation including Orality, Scripture Engagement, Consulting, Key Terms and Biblical Exegesis, and Translation Theory. The student will learn to contextualize and critique such issues through personal interaction and interviews with experienced translators. Registration and attendance to the Bible Translation Conference 2023 is required as part of this course. Conference fee is waived.
DIU Awarded $100,000 Grant for 4theWorld-Innovation Project
The grant is awarded by Hillcrest Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee, and provides 40% of the $250,000 needed to improve and update DIU’s technological infrastructure by 2025. DIU initiated the 4TheWorld-Innovation Project this year and seeks the remaining $150,000 needed by November 2023. Equipment installation and staff training will be completed by July 2024, in time to launch our 2024-2025 academic year fully prepared for globally-focused and innovative distance education.