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Vipin’s Story: Holding the Hand of God

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Recently, we sat down with Vipin Joseph to ask him some questions about his journey so far at ADC. Vipin is a first-year Master of Divinity student who joined us from India in September 2023.  

What was it that solidified your decision to attend ADC?

 I did a two-week course on Christian apologetics in India back in 2017. Since then, I have been keen on digging deeper into Christian Theology and I wanted to build a solid foundation of Biblical understanding. I worked with youth back in India for almost 10 years. Their questions were challenging and daunting, and I always had the sense that God was calling me to something more than my current grasp of His Word.  

I was brought up in a small tribal village where my father was a missionary. I think villages suit me better than city life, but I wanted to pursue a theological program that would take me out of my comfort zone. I wanted to be challenged and I wanted to study with Christian professors. Acadia Divinity College was the perfect match for me.  

However, the decision to pursue theological education was not just my own to make. I’m married and a father to two beautiful daughters who are just eight- and three-years young. As a family, we have been praying about this journey since Christmas 2017.  

The Bible verse, John 3:30 – He must increase, but I must decrease – has been startling my heart for some time. I am not perfect, and I will never be. Missing the chance to learn about and study the Perfect God who died for the most imperfect me would be the greatest loss – a loss I was not willing to afford.

Who is supporting you on this journey?

My parents and family have been a huge support to me as I journey through this adventure of theological education. They have always been there for me, and this would have been an impossible venture if I didn’t have my family backing me.  
 
The College is an amazing place full of amazing people who literally shower you with God’s love and warmth. Even before I landed in Canada, I was given valuable information and details. Since my arrival, I have not felt alone or homesick. The warm welcome, care, and space to settle down have been delightful. In short, I’m blessed to be at ADC, supported by this community. 

How have you experienced God’s guiding hand in your journey so far?  

I would have never made it to ADC if this calling wasn’t from God. To start, it is almost impossible to get a Canadian VISA if you are an Indian citizen, especially at my age. I can see how God orchestrated everything in such an unbelievable way.  

Also, getting admission and receiving an entrance scholarship at ADC, even after a break of 13 years in my education, are nothing short of miracles. However, the things that I value the most are the friendships and connections that God has given me in such a short time. Each day at ADC, I am amazed and inspired by the commitment of the ADC faculty and staff, who consistently exemplify the love of Christ through their words and deeds.

The close-knit community of ADC reminds me that I am not in a foreign land walking all alone but holding firmly the hand of our living God. 

Some of our Fall 2023 cohort at Orientation 

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