Burnee as a Partner in Ministry

Ms Burnee Jargal said, “Back in Mongolia, I didn’t serve alongside my husband in ministry. I didn’t have the desire nor knew how. But when I came to EAST I saw many faculty couples serving together. That sparked my desire.”

She graduated with the Partner in Ministry certificate (2017) and a Graduate Diploma in Christian Ministry (2018).

 

Sacred Parenting with EAST PIM

The EAST Partners in Ministry (PIM) program is designed for wives of seminary students, or whose husbands are ministers or in vocational Christian ministry. PIM seeks to develop wives as they grow in partnership with their husbands and in their own circle of influence.

The above photo is the PIM group who went through the fruitful 6-week course on “Sacred Parenting” with resources from Gary Thomas. The PIM ladies are so blessed by the biblically-based material and group interactions. They learnt how God uses the challenges and struggles in parenting as God’s spiritual formation curriculum to shape each parent to be more like the Heavenly Father.

As believers, there will never a time when our journey towards holiness is done–even or especially as parents. Gary Thomas said, “Parenting puts the spotlight on our weaknesses … We can choose to let sin tear apart our families, or we can use our families to tear apart our sin.”

Photo courtesy of Josephine Lam. A portion of text originated from Josephine Lam and Margaret Chan.

 

Wives Of EAST Students Are Developed Too

“Seminaries are cemeteries for wives of students.”

That is how some wives of seminary students feel. While husbands are busy with studies, wives are left alone to care for young children at home. The wives’ development and marriage relationships are neglected. One consequence: graduates receive not only a degree but also a divorce certificate at the end.

At EAST, we do not want such a scenario to take place. We want our full-time students and their wives to thrive and grow.

Group TeamThe Partners In Ministry (PIM) program was developed out of a firm conviction that married couples called into vocational ministry would benefit tremendously when they share the same vision and serve alongside each other. We recognize the vital role and contribution that wives have in complementing their husbands’ ministries. We seek, therefore, to inspire and equip wives to embrace this calling. We also want to inspire husbands to fully support their wives in this pursuit. At the end of their studies, both husbands and wives can joyfully receive their certificates together. Read more