Baptist Foundation of SC Awards Grant To NGU
The Baptist Foundation of South Carolina has awarded North Greenville University a $12,500 grant. $10,000 has been designated to the intercultural studies (ICS) degree program for a field immersion experience. The remaining $2,500 was given for ministry team scholarships.
This year, six students will deploy to Ecuador following May graduation where they will spend a month walking alongside experienced field missionaries, learning the customs and cultures of a wide variety of peoples, and engaging in hands-on ministry, including youth and children’s work, preaching and Bible teaching, and direct evangelism, discipleship and church planting ministries.
The team will work in both the Andes Mountains and the Amazon Basin, and among both mestizo and indigenous people groups.
“A highlight of the immersion experience will be the opportunity to spend several days among the Huaorani people of the Amazon Basin,” said NGU’s Director of the Center for Global Engagement Dr. Allen McWhite, Sr. “The Huaorani were the indigenous tribe that speared to death missionaries Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming, and Roger Youderian on January 8, 1956, in what was known—at that time—as Operation Auca, an attempt to get the gospel message, for the very first time, to these fierce and warrior people. The story of these missionaries’ martyrdom caught the attention of the entire world and was later popularized in the movie ‘End of the Spear.’ ”
McWhite says the purpose of the ICS field immersion experience is to help these students integrate classroom theory with theological and missiological application in a cross-cultural context and under the supervision of ICS faculty and seasoned field missionaries.
Dr. Steve Crouse, vice president for campus ministries, says the $2,500 will be used for scholarships for the Joyful Sound music ministry.
“We are so grateful for the Baptist Foundation and all the work they do on behalf of South Carolina Baptists,” said Crouse. “The Foundation’s gift to help support Joyful Sound, a premier NGU traveling music ministry team that has shared the gospel for the last forty years, will assist these students through scholarship grants to continue this powerful outreach to our churches and other ministry venues.”
Nathan R. McCarthy, president and CEO of the Baptist Foundation of South Carolina, says the Foundation counts it a blessing to be able to award these grants to NGU.
“Grant funds are made possible through a tithe of the Baptist Foundation’s own endowment fund and through the generous stewardship of faithful Christian servants whose desire was to leave a legacy to support the Lord’s work for perpetuity,” said McCarthy. “Through their generosity and foresight, these servants continue to be your [NGU] partners in ministry even after they have gone to be with the Lord.”
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