Flags: The AIIAS Magazine
Flags is the semi-annual international magazine for alumni and friends of the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS), a graduate-level educational institution of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
The mission of AIIAS is "to develop leaders through distinctively Seventh-day Adventist graduate education, excelling in spirituality, scholarship, and service." This issue of Flags focuses on spirituality at AIIAS. Prakash Jacob, student chaplain and student in the Doctor of Ministry program, models one of the ways in which AIIAS students and employees connect with Christ: through Bible study, prayer, and dedicated time for personal devotion.
Ginger Ketting-Weller, PhD, is the eighth president of AIIAS. She has an extensive experience in leadership and has a passion for developing leaders, fulfilling the mission of AIIAS.
The AIIAS Prayer Garden is where people come to seek a quiet place to pray, study the Bible, and rest from the busy nature of life. The photo depicts AIIAS students communing with God, one way faith is expressed on campus.
Master of Public Health students reach out to village residents through community service such as distribution of goods and lectures in health, food preparation, and hygiene practices. This is an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in class.
In the summer of 2015, AIIAS professors and students participated in two archaeological digs. Pastor Rudi Sanchez, pictured, is a seminary doctoral student at AIIAS who participated in one of the digs.
A behind-the-scenes look at a message being recorded for the first virtual Week of Prayer AIIAS Online hosted earlier this year. Pastor Youssry Guirguis from Egypt was one of the speakers who shared on “Abraham: A Faith Journey.
Sunrise over Taal Lake. The breathtaking view of Taal Volcano, the serenity of Taal Lake, and the cool breezes of Tagaytay City give comfort to AIIAS students who are far away from their homes. Tagaytay City is just 10 minutes from AIIAS. It is a home to many foreigners and is known for its international cuisines.
Students of different academic backgrounds mingle and study together, brushing aside their cultural differences and nationalities, because they believe in the goals of mission and service. Attending AIIAS, students discover that they learn more than just academics.
These photos were taken by Pastor Jim Park, PhD to show the mission opportunities in the 10/40 Window. The Islam picture was taken in Bandung, Indonesia; the Buddhist picture in Bangkok, Thailand; the Chinese picture in Beijing, China and the Urban picture in Hong Kong.
The AIIAS delegation to China visited with government officials as well as seminaries and famous sites, including the Great Wall. In Shanghai, Dr. Musvosvi is pictured receiving a welcoming gift from the Rev. Dr. Cao Sheng-jie who is president of the China Christian Council for the entire country of China
The 12-meter high belltower is a distinctive feature on the AIIAS campus. Its design includes the letter “A” for Alpha and an omega-shaped circular base. The flags surrounding the tower represent the international community of the AIIAS campus, representing over 45 countries.
The eruption of a nearby volcano and a pandemic have called for resilience at AIIAS... as shared by many around the world. This issue of Flags offers news and perspectives on the theme of resilience, as experienced in the life of AIIAS. It is resilience that allows for blessings to bloom beautifully and unexpectedly even in the midst of barrenness brought on by trials.
The cover represents the tokens of pride for each graduate. These tokens may well represent both their hard work and accomplishment. To all alumni, greater challenges lie beyond AIIAS, which is to be a leader in God’s mission.
The cover depicts the passing on of AIIAS’ legacy of developing leaders from one generation to the next. A legacy of excellence in spirituality, scholarship, and service.
The Vargas family is one of many families in AIIAS that belong to a campus where family well-being matters. While students prepare to be global leaders, AIIAS provides a comfortable and memorable campus experience for each family member.
AIIAS President, Dr. Stephen Guptill, pose with Doctor of Philosophy graduate Alfa Lizardo de Guzman shortly after handing out her diploma. This photo was taken during the 100th Graduation Ceremony commencement program on March 6, 2016 at the Siew Huy Auditorium.
The residents of Brgy. 89, Tacloban City with the AIIAS Team after the general distribution of relief goods. Through the generosity of Gary Stanhister of Giving Children Hope Foundation, the residents were able to celebrate Christmas with smiles in spite of the tragedy that struck them.
Students and faculty reach beyond the walls of our campus to fulfill the mission of AIIAS. They take valuable lessons about cultural diversity from this spiritually united campus.
On any given weekday, AIIAS students are surrounded with books—textbooks, notebooks, and reference books. However, students are encouraged to go beyond the books to find their life purposes and develop their skills in serving their churches and communities.
These photos, which were taken by Pastor Jim Park within the past 18 months, illustrate the diverse cultural challenges that AIIAS faces in ministering to the 10/40 window.
“Ming,” an AIIAS M.B.A. student from Thailand, asks Adventist world church president Pastor Jan Paulsen a question during the “Let’s Talk Manila” live television broadcast on February 7, 2008. Students and young professionals from across Southeast Asia met with the president for the first “Let’s Talk” program in Asia.
In the heart of Calcutta, this imposing Hindu temple was built by a rich man. Whereas this edifice was almost totally devoid of worshippers, the nearby and much humbler Kali Temple was packed with devotees. Apparently the Mother Goddess Kali means much more in India than does architecture.
One of the strengths of AIIAS is its strong international community, with its students, faculty and staff coming from over 45 countries. Seen on the cover are representatives from China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Pakistan, Ghana, Papua New Guinea, Venezuela, Argentina, and Germany.