International Women’s Fund: Shabnam’s Story

Hear from Shabnam Bagh, an IWF 2017 recipient and student at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. 

Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

My name is Shabnam Pratik Bagh and I am from India. I am married to Pastor Pratik Bagh. Professionally, I am a nursing lecturer and have been teaching in a nursing college and giving practical training in hospital settings. I feel called to teach and serve people. As I am married to a pastor, I have had the opportunity to see the skills that are required to minister a church. It made me see a need in my life to be theologically trained to serve people both physically and spiritually. While I was still discerning about doing seminary my husband, Pratik was admitted to Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary for a master’s degree program. Thus, I too came along with him, leaving my job and my profession. Being here in the seminary setting and after attending few seminars, I realized that it’s the opportunity for me to do seminary studies. And, AMBS is the best place for doing theology being a Mennonite.

I discerned that together with my nursing the seminary education could equip me well to provide a better service to my community. For my master’s degree at AMBS I have chosen Theology and Peace (MATP) as my concentration. I have two visions behind choosing this training; one is to teach the women in a congregational setting and bring awareness and encouragement to women for an elevated participation in the church. Secondly, as I have chosen the peace studies, as I want to use that in a nursing context and work for bringing God’s shalom among people with different religious and ethnic background. I think ministry is not limited only to church or seminary setting, but there is a great need for us to be a witness for Christ in different contexts (as for me it is nursing) and become an instrument for teaching God’s Peace and love in the world.

It is a real blessing to be able to receive the seminary education. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of people like you who have made it possible for me to do this training. I am very grateful for your concern and support towards my study. Please uphold me in your prayers so that I may be prepare well and used by the Lord in all my capacity.

Thank you so much to you all again. I deeply appreciate it!

With many prayers and blessings,

Shabnam

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