A time of worship, celebration and prayer marked Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary 2019 alumni and friends’ luncheon.
The luncheon featured first-person Great Commission stories from four students and alumni as well as a time of prayer and commissioning for Jamie Dew as he transitions to his new role as president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Kambiz Saghaey, a current doctor of education student at Southeastern, was the first to share his story of radical conversion and persecution while living in the Middle East.
“People call that persecution, but I call that the closest relationship with God,” Saghaey said.
After experiencing persecution for his faith, Saghaey has an appreciation for the freedom he has to worship Christ in the U.S. and a desire to see Persian peoples trained to take the Gospel to those who haven’t heard. He is doing this through his role as director of the Persian Leadership Development office at Southeastern, providing a unique fully-accredited, theologically-driven bachelor’s degree program delivered in Farsi.
The second Great Commission story came from Daniel Richie, an evangelist from Charlotte, N.C., and a graduate from The College at Southeastern. From birth, he was nearly dead and born without both arms, causing the doctor to encourage his parents to go ahead and let him die at the hospital. While that “cast a big shadow” on his life, as he described it, he recounted that at age 15 he began to learn what the Bible said about his worth.
“God in His grace was pursuing me even when I wanted nothing to do with Him, and for me to trust Him and rest in Jesus as my everything changed the course of my life,” said Ritchie, who was called to preach at age 16.
Betsy Gomez, a student pursuing her master of arts in ministry to women, shared her story of how Jesus radically transformed her identity. While she grew up in the church, it was not until later that a friend clearly communicated with her how the Gospel shapes one’s identity. Before this, Gomez said success had been her idol. However, now she sees how the Gospel is beautifully displayed both in the home and the workplace.
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Source: Baptist Press