by Sheri Booms Holm
Francis Tsui, M.A. Student
Each month Francis Tsui, '05, travels to what he calls the "outposts" of Christianity in such countries as China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mongolia and Thailand. There, he uses curriculum he has developed to teach local church leaders who are hungering for more theological training.
Tsui works for Asian Outreach, a 40-year-old interdenominational organization that helps spread the gospel throughout Asia through leadership training and mission support. Though headquartered in Hong Kong, where he lives with his wife, May Wong-Tsui, '03, Tsui is also a Luther M.A. student, specializing in congregational mission and leadership. Both he and May have been able to complete their coursework through a combination of on-campus and online classes, independent study, and courses taught at a Hong Kong seminary.
Tsui is currently writing his final thesis and plans to graduate from Luther in May. It's been a long journey for someone whose professional life has included college instructor, financial planner, and administrator for a foundation. He and May both sensed a call at the same time. They enrolled at Luther in 1999. Originally Tsui was in the Master of Divinity program, and May in the M.A. program but within a year they both realized God had different plans for them. The couple switched their degree tracks. In 2003, May graduated from the M.Div. program. She now serves as an associate pastor at Union Church in Hong Kong.
Tsui expressed thankfulness for how accommodating Luther Seminary has been. "Luther has been so good to us, a blessing to us. I haven't met anyone who hasn't been helpful," he said. And he has always felt a part of Luther, thanks to its Web site and Intranet, he added.
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