Baptist Foundation Grant to Prepare Students for Cross-Cultural Ministry
The Baptist Foundation of South Carolina has awarded a $10,000 grant to North Greenville University in support of its Intercultural Studies degree program. The grant specifically assists students who are in this degree program and who are required to participate in an annual field immersion experience (practicum) designed to prepare them for the challenges and complexities of living and ministering in a variety of cross-cultural settings.
Dr. Allen McWhite, Director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement and Global Leadership, and the director of the field immersion program is excited about how the Baptist Foundation grant will help these students.
“This is a much-needed experience, but it is also an additional cost for our students who are in the Intercultural Studies degree program,” says McWhite. “This grant not only helps to offset some of that expense, but it also encourages these students in their pursuit of God’s call upon their lives to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations. We are immensely grateful to the Baptist Foundation for this kind of investment in the lives and future ministries of these students.”
Over the history of this program, Intercultural Studies majors have carried out their field immersion experiences in places like China and Romania. For the past four years, however, these students have served in the country of Ecuador. Under the supervision of experienced field missionaries and national pastors and leaders, they have learned about evangelism and church planting strategies, leadership development, children’s and youth ministries, human needs ministries, and prayer strategy.
According to McWhite, the purpose of the field immersion experience is to expose these students—at a deep level—to the culture and history of their host country and then help them see how that history and culture impact the way the gospel is shared and churches are planted in that particular context.
“Even though the field immersion experience is carried out in a specific country, we believe that the missiological principles these students learn will help them in whatever location they find themselves serving—even our own increasingly multi-cultural North America,” says McWhite.
For more than six decades, the Baptist Foundation of South Carolina has been serving individuals, churches, associations, and institutions of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention. The Foundation exists to financially support Kingdom growth by providing a variety of services including estate management and planned giving, administering trusts and permanent endowments, and counseling and consulting with individuals, agencies and organizations in the areas of financial management, investment and development.
For more information about the Intercultural Studies degree program.
Top photo: NGU Student Kelsey Windsor Green shares with a group of children in a Quichua village high in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador.
Bottom photo: NGU mission team in jungle village of Ecuador.
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