Kevin Giammalva – Project Cyprus
I was born and raised in southern California and am in my third year of a Biblical Languages program at the Moody Bible Institute in Spokane, Washington State, USA. After my time at Moody, I plan to attend graduate school and hope to end up in pastoral ministry. Studying at Moody has been a great way to get involved with what is going on with the church around the world, and I am very pleased to be able to work with Dr. Armstrong and the Aqueduct Project in the summer of 2016 on the island of Cyprus. One of our goals in Cyprus is to be able to work with a pastoral training program for native pastors from the Middle East. The long-term plan is to host intensive courses in Cyprus once or twice a year for pastors from countries with little or no access to a biblical and theological education. As the situation in the Middle East has been unstable, and as pastors have been unable to travel to Cyprus, we are unsure exactly when these courses will begin. What we are able to do now to prepare for that goal is establish ourselves on the island and get acquainted with the church and current ministries on the island. My goal for this trip to Cyprus is firstly to learn about and experience the church there. This will help to evaluate potential opportunities for partnerships there with any pastoral training that may become a reality over the next few years. Secondly, I hope to understand what needs exist for the church in Cyprus and what ways the Aqueduct Project may be able to benefit them. The evangelical community on the island is very small, but I am currently in connection with Youth For Christ and am gearing up to help at their summer youth camp. Please pray for myself and this trip so that we would be able to partner with the Church in Cyprus and plan towards meeting the needs for the Church in the Middle East!