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Global Vision - Fall 2012


John Telyea

The power of the GMI's networks opens students to new cultures, expressions of faith

John Telyea, M.Div. middler, was out of his element on a Sunday morning visit to Celestial Church of Christ, a Nigerian-founded immigrant congregation that worships in St. Paul. "Whatever the Spirit moved them to do, they did," said the Telyea, of the congregation's charismatic worship style. "If you felt the Spirit was calling you to lay in the middle of the aisle or speak in tongues, you did your thing."

GMI Insights

Robera Battal

Robera Battal begins work as interim director of GMI/CCE

Academic Dean Roland Martinson announces an exciting new development for the Global Mission Institute. A new interim director has been chosen, Robera Battal, who began work in his new post on Oct. 1.


Adama Isa (Nigeria), '11, Marie Hayes and Denis Rakotozafy (Madagascar), '11

Luther’s International Office, 20 years in the making

Marie Y. Hayes celebrates her 20th year at Luther heading the Office of International Student and Scholar Affairs, which she has led through a series of governmental, institutional and regulatory changes in the midst of an increasing international campus community.

International Student Profile

The Jamir family

Students bring faith and family from India to St. Paul

To listen to Sashinungla (Sashila) and Imliwabang (Imli) Jamir is to hear stories steeped in gratitude, faith and a voracious love for learning. Those stories include serving and teaching in Thailand among refugees from Burma, specifically the Karen people, and studying in West Bengal and the Philippines. And now, the doctoral students' stories have moved from their native Nagaland, a state in northeastern India, to Luther Seminary.

Mount Olive Lutheran Church celebrates a world of voices

Students cultivate anti-racist, multicultural identities

Graduate preaching fellowship 2012: Connecting faith and creation

Graduate preaching fellowship 2011: Rhythms of holy places

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