A new Columbia Bible College diploma program that focuses on mission in urban settings took seven students to New York for an up-close look.
David Warkentin, program head of the Praxis course, led the students through a variety of memorable experiences Feb. 20–Mar. 2.
“It was exciting to be able to extend what we have been studying and experiencing in the program.” But Warkentin says relationships became the theme in the variety of settings they visited.
“Working alongside a group of men from Indiana with Mennonite Disaster Service and meeting hurricane survivors was probably the highlight of the trip for the students,” says Warkentin. The group also visited the MCC United Nations office and heard personal stories relating to social justice, especially homelessness.
“We also got a neighbourhood tour with a church planter from Trinity Grace Church, a network of parish churches,” says Warkentin. “It was inspiring to see leaders so passionate about their neighbours and community.”
The itinerary covered the buildings and culture of the city, too – a setting “full of creativity,” says Warkentin. And before coming back to B.C., they paid a visit to a Broadway show.
The Praxis motto is “Take your faith where culture is shaped.” And they did!
—Barrie McMaster, B.C. correspondent