TCM International Institute develops Christian leaders for significant service through higher learning. Through the development of strong Christian maturity, servant leadership, involvement of diverse cultures, and the transformation character of Christianity, we promote healthy change both in individuals and communities. By establishing a critical mass of strong churches, agencies, and ministries, not only will individual lives be transformed, but the culture of the European and Central Asian countries and cultures will be strengthened through Christ.
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Dear Christian Friends
Amid great adversities, discoveries are possible, and opportunities arise even as challenges confront. TCM has been through many of these since our beginning in 1957. And now we discover God positioning us for creative expansion opportunities ahead.
As you know, all our training and operations have continued through various distance delivery tools. No classes have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The best distance education delivery practices are increasingly being utilized. International disciple-making students from nearly 50 countries continue their training, ministries, and mentoring.
As you may have heard, challenges with different virus peaks, border crossings, airline restrictions, and visa procurements remain. This negatively impacts our staff, faculty, volunteers, and students. For these reasons, the leadership of TCM has made the decision to continue with 100% distance education delivery for the rest of this year. This decision includes postponing the 2020 Graduation from August 2020 until May 2021.
We foresee returning to a blended education model in 2021 that will include face-to-face mentoring...
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Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 11:37 AM
To: Carolyn Krob
Subject: RE: How can we pray?
Thank you so much for your inquiry as to how to pray for TCM during this time.
First, we want to praise God that we are able to continue all of our classes with online delivery. TCM was approved several years ago to offer classes with 100% distance delivery. We have kept a portion of classes with face-to-face sessions. However, due to restrictions of the Austrian Government and the U.S. Government, we had to cancel the face-to-face class time at Haus Edelweiss for Sessions 1 through 4, but moved those sessions to online delivery as well.
For our professors and students as they adapt and adjust to the totally online classes.
For our staff who have had to return to the U.S. due to visa issues. We have three U.S. employees who have applied for visas, but have not received them yet, so they could not stay in Austria. Please pray that even with the COVID-19 crisis, the visa applications will be approved.
For our Executive Leadership Team as they make decisions related to the current pandemic and plan for the future.
That TCM’s graduation, scheduled to be held in August, can be celebrated as planned this year.
For our staff in the Indianapolis office as they are all trying to work from home to comply with the stay-at-home order and especially for those who are in the high-risk category.
That God will provide for TCM, as well as other mission organizations, during this time of financial uncertainty.
For our students as they continue to minister in their respective countries as they also deal with travel and government and social distancing restrictions and that TCM can continue to equip disciple makers.
As a staff, we continue to meet virtually each day for our prayer time. During that time, we pray for our supporters and any specific needs we are aware of. I there are ways we can pray for you or your congregation, please let us know. We especially pray for those affected by this pandemic and pray that God will work through this situation for His glory.
Again, thank you for praying for TCM and for reaching out to us.
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