Why Study in Africa?

As our class is preparing for their early departure (6:07 a.m.!) on Tuesday, it is a good time to be reminded of why we are in this class together.  From the course syllabus:

The objective of this course is to help students understand the complexities of factors such as poverty, racism, and injustice which have contributed to communities being under-resourced in America. We will learn how the philosophy of ministry known as Christian Community Development (CCD) addresses these issues and brings hope to these situations.

Students will:

  • Be encouraged to love Jesus more fully by learning from non-Western Christians whose lives and ministries reflect 2,000 years of the Body of Christ in Africa.
  • Be immersed in African culture and will spend time with church pastors and their families in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Experience first-hand how African communities embrace God’s command to love our neighbors as they learn how African churches minister to the poor in their communities.
  • Study together, eat together, and travel together as a community of Christian leaders, both lay and clergy, and will learn from each other as they make this journey together.
  • Gain a better understanding of how CCD principles may bring justice and hope to communities in the U.S.

There is no doubt that we will be studying, eating, and traveling together over the next two weeks.  We may even become tired of being together before this class is finished!  I pray that we will accomplish all of these things before we return home on July 1.

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