Volume XIII, Issue 6

A Letter from the President

Dear Partners,

These past few months have been challenging for us all. The coronavirus pandemic and resulting shutdown of our society has made all of us operate in ways that none ever considered. At Dallas International University we have:

  • Remotely concluded the Spring term and are teaching the May intensive courses and the Summer term remotely as well.
  • Moved all the administrative staff out of the offices and into their homes. While this has caused extra work and stress, operations are running smoothly.
  • Held Commencement online. I hope you were able to view it with us. It was creative and well done, honoring those who arrived at this educational milestone.
  • Continued to establish the Center for Sign Language Linguistics to help train linguists and translators for the 400 sign languages around our world. Classes start this summer.
  • Planned for a Summer term that has changed from “living in community” to entirely remote. Yet, to our surprise, Summer term enrollment is almost double what we originally expected – we are close to 100 students for the summer.
  • Had a record number of 38 graduates receiving degrees in the 2019-21 academic year.

We anticipate that this fall students will be offered a choice between being on-site and coming to class online for all classes. While we were already moving in this direction, we did not anticipate the rapid shift that has been required.

In the midst of this sea of change, we believe that our mandate from God remains unchanged – to prepare 1,000 well-educated workers for cross-cultural and cross-language service by June 2024.

We are finishing the year academically and administratively stronger than ever, not despite the pandemic, but perhaps because of the pandemic. Please help us to also finish well financially. We need $85,000 to meet budget by the end of June. Please pray with us and give as God directs. Your partnership is critical in preparing men and women to cross language and culture boundaries in the quest of ending Bible poverty among the marginalized minority peoples of the world. Together, we can finish the year strong and continue to make an impact that will be seen for generations to come.

May God bless you as you have blessed us,

Douglas Tiffin, DMin



The celebration of our largest class will also become our most unique one to date. On Thursday, April 30th, Dallas International University held its twenty-first Commencement Exercise, celebrating our 2020 graduates and their accomplishments. The ceremony was held online due to COVID-19, but it was no less special than all the others.

A Zande drum call was used to call all to participate in the 2020 Commencement of Dallas International University. It was composed by Pastor Mbatimoke Dungu and performed by DIU faculty member, Wendy Atkins. Dr. Scott Berthiaume, Dean of Academic Affairs, presided over the ceremony with Dr. Doug Tiffin giving the annual Presidential Address. We also had special music “Let Me Walk with You,” by Joel Raney, presented by members of our CEWA Department, Hoiling Poon and Dr. Dora Kung. Dr. Samira Izadi Page, Founder and Executive Director of Gateway of Grace, a ministry to refugees in Dallas, was our special speaker.

This year, the student body chose Jeffrey Zane Hansen, graduating with an MA in World Arts, to share at Commencement. Jeffrey spoke poignantly about the definition of “home” for all those who have dedicated their lives to serving cross-culturally.

We are excited to celebrate thirty-seven graduates, the largest graduating class in Dallas International University history. Four graduates earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Service, two graduates earned a Master of Arts in Abrahamic Studies, three graduates earned a Master of Arts in Language and Culture Studies, twenty-one graduates earned a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics, and seven graduates earned a Master of Arts in World Arts.

After the conferring of degrees, the Founder of the Center for Excellence in World Arts, Dr. Brian Schrag, and the Brass String Quartet led everyone in the Alma Mater, written by faculty member, Brad Keating, including a newly-written third stanza. Online breakout rooms were used following the ceremony so that students, their friends, and their families could connect with our faculty to celebrate together.

As our graduates go out into this new world, where so much has changed, their callings remain the same. Will you join us in prayer for this graduating class, asking that they will stay rooted in their faith and in God as their “Home,” and that He would provide for every need they face in the months to come? Please also pray for their families and for the teams and workplaces these graduates will join one day.

Many congratulations to our twenty-first graduating class and their families! We at Dallas International are so proud of these graduates and look forward to seeing the worldwide impact they create. We are also grateful to all who continue to partner with us so that we can prepare future graduating classes for cross-cultural service. Thank you!



New Endowed Scholarships Established


Margaret Johnson Endowed Scholarship


Thanks to a friend of Bible translation, Dallas International University is excited to announce the new Margaret Johnson Endowed Scholarship. This long-term investment gift of $50,000 will serve to empower students preparing for cross-cultural service in Literacy or Applied Linguistics.

Margaret Johnson serves as an Administrative Assistant in the Student Services Department. She helps process students’ paperwork both during their application and after their admission to Dallas International. She also performs tasks for the Registrar’s Office and the Alumni Office. She is an invaluable asset!

Before joining the Dallas International staff in 2009, Margaret served in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for forty years through the International Mission Board (IMB). While there, she acquired extensive experience through a variety of positions. After seven years as the secretary to the All-Brazil Treasurer she served for twenty-five years as a theological education teacher at the Baptist Institute of Religious Education as well as at South Brazil Baptist Theological Seminary. During her last seven years, she coordinated classes in one of the more than one thousand hillside shantytowns in Rio de Janeiro, providing a variety of activities and Bible study.

Following this time overseas, she returned to her hometown of Arlington and wanted to remain involved in ministry. The Lord provided her the opportunity to serve at Dallas International, where she now devotes her time to helping with documents for students preparing for cross-cultural work.



Seeds of Grace Endowed Scholarship


We are also honored to announce the new Seeds of Grace Endowed Scholarship, which will be awarded annually to female graduate students preparing for cross-cultural service. This long-term investment of $10,000 is given in honor of missionaries who lovingly mentor and pray with students through Dallas International’s prayer partner ministry. Students, alumni, and others who have benefited from this grace are invited to contribute to the endowment. For more information on how you can contribute to this fund, you can email us or call our office, 972-708-7552.

We are so grateful for the generosity of friends of Bible translation and related work who make it possible for us to continue training workers like those in our graduating class.


Thanks to your generosity, we received over $1,400 toward our Student Benevolence Fund during the #GivingTuesdayNow campaign in early May.
For stories of how this fund impacts our students, check out our Facebook page.

Thank you for partnering with us!

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Dallas International University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Dallas International University.

Dallas International University admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin. All designated gifts (except endowment gifts) are assessed 10% to cover administration and fund-raising expenses.