The Rev. Emmanuel Penumaka
(2013, Th.M.), Ph.D. is a student in
systematic theology from India and
May May Latt, from
Burma (Myanmar) earned a Ph.D. in
Biblical Studies (Old Testament).
Niveen Sarras from
Palestine earned a Ph.D. in Biblical
Studies (Old Testament).
Photos: Tricia Koning
of the Lutheran School
of Theology at Chicago
Founded in 1945 at Chicago Theological Seminary (Maywood, Ill.), the Guild is an organization of women from the Metropolitan Chicago Synod and beyond. Since the beginning, Guild projects have enhanced the lives of students at LSTC. The Guild meets twice a year, spring and fall, to learn about LSTC through presentations from faculty, staff members, and students.
In recent years, the Guild has focused on service to the International Student Community.
- supports The Duty Free Shop, an exchange of secondhand clothing and housewares available for free to students and their families
- provides funds for winter clothing, medical kits, and household items
- appeals to churches for help meeting immediate student needs identified by the International Student Coordinator
- funds summer vacation retreats for international students and their families at the Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon, Ill.
LSTC plays a crucial role in preparing leaders for the world church.
- In 2013-14 41 international students representing 15 countries and 10 faith communities studied at LSTC
- Most of LSTC’s international students leave established careers in their home countries to pursue advanced training, enabling them to serve their churches in new ways.
- Many international LSTC graduates now serve in pivotal roles in their home churches: as seminary professors or presidents, bishops, leaders of regional church bodies, or leaders in organizations like the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches.
International students face challenges
Funding sources for international students have decreased dramatically in recent years. Visa restrictions prohibit students and their spouses from holding jobs while they are in the U.S., except for jobs at LSTC itself.
The cost of living--even modestly--in Chicago is very high compared with the students’ home countries. The cost of health insurance is an additional burden.
Your gifts to the Guild help international students at LSTC
You are invited to join the Guild and our efforts to increase the quality of life for LSTC’s international students and their families. Guild projects are made possible entirely through gifts from individuals and congregations.
--$100 will provide winter coats for an international student family.
--$200 will provide the basic necessities to furnish a student apartment.
--$300 will furnish a student apartment and fill the refrigerator to welcome a new family.
Plan now to join us for our next Guild event:
The Guild convenes two gatherings annually: spring and fall (usually early October). The Spring gathering will be held at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Schaumburg on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The tentative schedule is:
9:30 a.m. - Registration (the very affordable fee of $10 includes the brunch and Guild membership for one year)
10:00 a.m. - Brunch provided.
10:45 a.m. - Devotions
11:00 a.m. - Program by and interaction with three international students
12:15 p.m. - Business Meeting with election of new board members and officers
12:30 p.m. - Conclusion and Dismissal
NOTE: Lord of Life is wheelchair accessible and will provide child care.
For more information about the Guild, please contact Jean Nye, President of the Guild via firstname.lastname@example.org.