Send Steven To Regent College

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Dear Friends & Family,

Hi! As you all know, I’ve been studying at Regent College here in Vancouver, working towards a Master of Arts in Theological Studies with a concentration in Christianity and the Arts. Last year I was blessed with a fantastic group of people—you!—who came alongside me in my journey to offer prayers and help with my financial needs. Your generosity and enthusiasm was an amazing support during a very big life change, and I’m so grateful that God has shown me His grace through you.

I’m writing to ask for your continued help as I get ready for the next phase of school life, and also to provide a little update on what I’ve been doing and where I’m at now.

My first year at Regent has been wonderful, full of ideas and stimulation and challenges. I’m pleased with my grades and the new horizons my studies have opened up. And I’ve forged friendships with people who I know I will probably remain close to for years to come. Regent is a place where community thrives, as we bond over lunches and discussion groups. The photo you see above was taken during a class retreat to Galiano Island, and it captures perfectly my sense of wonder and curiosity as I study at Regent.

It’s been a fascinating, though tiring, fall and winter with three courses each. Getting to the end of April felt a little like running a marathon, so I decided ultimately to take the summer off from school itself. But I was far from lazing around, since I put much of what I’d been learning to use in two sermons at my home church, sharing a refreshed passion for the Bible and Christian practice with my spiritual family. 

My writing has also had a chance to grow alongside a small group of Regent friends who also write. Every two weeks we share and give feedback on each other’s stories and poems, and it’s been my favourite part of this summer. Just getting to talk to and be with other writers was the thing my creative life was missing.

This coming Fall term, I’ll be scaling back to two courses instead of three. One of them will likely be a language course, either Hebrew or Greek, because I’ll need it before I can continue further in any Biblical studies. The other is an important seminar for my degree, called Vocation of the Artist. We’ll be discussing readings and presenting papers in front of the group. I’m also starting to get ideas about what my final Integrative Project In Arts and Theology (a major paper paired with an artistic work) will be about and what it will look like; that’s going to be a lot of work, so I want to decide now what I’ll focus on.

And next summer, Regent has an impressive lineup of courses and teachers, including some very big names in the world of theology and Biblical studies. So there’s a lot to look forward to in my second year!

I’m hoping that you’ll be open to joining me, or continuing to walk with me, through what promises to be a big and busy period. The first and most important thing I need is prayer. There’ll be times when I’m stressed and exhausted and feeling the pressure, so I will need strength to soldier on and the ability to find joy in every paper and test. This is something God has carried me through already, and I would love it if you could pray He would again.

The second thing is finances. Unlike last year, I won't have a scholarship to cover part of my tuition, so for the fall, I’m looking at a budget of approximately $5,000 that would cover tuition, textbooks, and living costs until December. 

GoFundMe doesn’t yet offer PayPal donations. If you’d like to give in some way other than by credit card, please feel free to contact me and we can make arrangements!

Thank you so much for all the support and love you’ve given me so far, and your continued help in my studies at Regent College!

Grace and peace,
Steven
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Hello everyone!

I wanted to take this chance to update you all on my plans for this summer at Regent. The big piece of news is that I’ve been hired to be a teaching assistant for some of the visiting professors! This means I’ll be doing a lot of admin and emailing and photocopying, but I’m really excited about it as there are so many fascinating courses being offered this year for the 50th anniversary of Regent’s summer school program. A lot of the classes I’ll be TA-ing have to do with the arts, which just makes it even more exciting.

I’m going to have a very full July and late June. In addition to all the courses I’m helping with, there are also two courses I’ll be a student in. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve signed up to audit a class taught by N.T. Wright. In addition there’s a course on the book of Job that I’m eager to take for credit taught by another renowned scholar, John Walton.

Some of you have been participating in my Regent journey both financially and prayerfully. This has been a wonderful blessing for me, and God has provided in truly awe-inspiring ways in spite of my doubts and hesitations. Getting hired as a TA will be a big help to my living costs this summer, but there’s still a need for $1,200 to cover tuition, one textbook, and bus passes for four months (since you the U-Pass works differently in this semester). One donor has already knocked about $100 off that, for which I’m very grateful.

Thank you everyone for joining me! God truly is good, and I’m very happy to have a loving community of friends and family supporting me in this season of life.

Steven
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Well, folks, another term is nearly done. And once again I find myself grateful for all the love and support of my friends and family which made it possible. I thought I'd give you a brief financial update to let you all know where I'm at for January.

At the beginning of September, I discovered that an anonymous donor had generously paid $1,000 into my student account. My fundraising for the Winter term had started before I even knew it! What's even more exciting is that it covers the tuition for one of the courses I plan to take (which has fewer credits than a regular course and is thus cheaper), so I really only need to raise the money for another course's tuition and my textbooks.

All told, a further $1,600 would mean that I could take my two classes -- the first is a weeklong intensive on the book of Revelation, and the second is Biblical Exegesis. ("Weeklong intensive" means the lectures are done in one week and the assignments are due later on; so I'd still be working on the course through the term.)

I deeply appreciate your prayers and donations. My entire Regent journey so far has been one of radical trust in God, amazing provision, and wonderful companions on the way. Thank you so much to all who have decided to journey with me! God bless you this Advent and Christmas season. :)
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