Steve Ney, a UBC grad who previously served on Tenth's Mission Committee, recently returned with his wife Jennifer to Sierra Leone for a new job with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), in which he will help coordinate faith-and-science projects.
Steve said that IFES will soon receive funding from an organization that aims to help science and religion join together in good and healthy discussions. He described how this would enable them to set up a global program that will equip, develop, and train individuals from student ministries from around the world.
After this program, graduates will run programs in their own countries, which could involve things like organizing a conference about politics and corruption from a Christian and social science perspective or publishing books that help students understand education in relation to God's word. Ultimately, this global program aims to highlight the value that religion and science both have to society, as well as how they can work together to benefit people rather than one being used at the expense of the other. Steve noted how beneficial this would be for Christian communities who need to be able to participate in important conversations about climate change, mental health, sustainable agriculture, and even space exploration, cloning, or gene editing.
Steve has been in Sierra Leone for almost two months. He currently doesn't have any local obligations, apart from chasing mosquitoes with an electrocuting tennis-racket (see photo above). He and Jennifer have been house-sitting until they find a place of their own; when they do, they plan to have two lovely teenage Sierra Leonean girls, Mariama and Rahenatu, stay and attend church with them every other weekend.
Steve asks for your prayers about housing. He and Jennifer recently turned down one house because it was too big and luxurious for them, and they wouldn't feel good about staying there without housing multiple other people in the open space. They are staying in their friend's house until December.
Please pray that Steve has the wisdom to know how much time to devote to supporting Jennifer and Word Made Flesh, and how much time he needs to prepare for his work with IFES, which will ramp up in November and December. Where does God want him to put his energies? Should he start a study social group with former students and Word Made Flesh graduates like he did two years ago?
He thanks the Tenth community for walking with Jennifer and him.