It has been a while since my last post. That is because over the past two weeks I was busy in Bangkok taking two seminar classes. One was on the book of Daniel, while the other was on World Religions. Though it was an intensive two weeks, it had the benefit of being intellectually stimulating as well.
Being a missionary and continuing your education doesn't always mix. Fortunately, there are some schools that are looking out not only for missionaries, but for nationals as well. I am currently working on my masters through Asia Biblical Theological Seminary, ABTS. (If you are a Thai national who does not want to study in English, I recommend Bangkok Bible Seminary, BBS.) This is something I do twice a year. While it takes me away from my family and mission work, it provides the opportunity to further my Biblical education in order to serve the Thai people more adequately.
The seminary also offers online classes, though I prefer the seminars as it provides personal interactions with both the professors and other students. These connections are as valuable as any of the textbooks we are assigned to read. My fellow students came from different regions of South East Asia (Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore). They offered a variety of perspectives on the subjects and helped my understanding in relating the gospel to Thai nationals.
If you are a missionary who also wants to further your education, see if there is seminary looking out for your region of the world. It will not only be a way for you to further your missionary education and training, but it will also be a way to connect with others who share your conviction to bring the gospel to all nations.