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Travel Studies Update
The Reformation Institute led by Charles Nienkirchen
Dates: May 2-20
Destination: Germany and the Czech Republic
Charles writes: The Reformation Institute which occurred in Germany and the Czech Republic May 2-20 was truly an inspirational event...so much to be absorbed and contemplated relevant to the renewal of the church. All participants enjoyed and profited from the program while experiencing a genuine companionship in travel and learning. Good health prevailed throughout the entire group and there were never any threats to our safety of which we were aware. In short, it was a wonderful Down Ancient Paths educational travel experience. The seeds that were planted for this venture a few years ago came to full bloom.
Biology Educational Travel Study led by Carol Kroeker
Dates: May 1-9
Carol writes: Our trip to Belize was truly spectacular! We started in Western Belize, looking at the biodiversity of the region – specifically the jungle flora and fauna. We were able to talk to researchers about the conservation efforts in the region and participate in some of their projects.
Another aspect of the course was studying the Mayan culture – with a scientific slant on their agriculture methods, engineering, and astronomy. We went to several archeological sites in both Belize and Guatemala. The students found this incredibly interesting (particularly since we were able to climb the original temples at some of the sites).
We were able to see the unique cave systems in Belize on two caving expeditions – these regions are unusual because they have rivers that run through them. We finished the trip up with four days at a Marine Science Research Station on Tobacco Caye (a very small island consisting of the station, a few houses, and many palm trees!). We spent our days snorkeling the coral reefs, and visiting the Smithsonian Research station. The students were amazed to be swimming with manatee, and following giant eagle rays in the water. You can swim with big schools of colourful fish or stare down some barracuda. It was an incredible experience for all of us.
We appreciated the prayer support. We had some tricky flight connections and delays, but made it there and back safe and sound. Despite some crazy spelunking in caves, and very high climbs up cliffs and temples, we had no injuries. We did have our fair share of sunburn, bug bites, and heat rashes – but we were prepared for those!
Flourishing Congregations Institute
From Joel Thiessen, Ambrose Professor of Sociology and Director, Flourishing Congregations Institute
We are thankful for the generous funding we received in the past year, which enabled us to conduct over one hundred interviews and focus groups with church leaders across five Canadian regions, to share research findings in various academic and church practitioner settings, and to produce our first monograph, “A Preliminary Look at Flourishing Congregations in Canada: What Church Leaders are Saying.” As we look ahead we ask for prayer in the following ways:
- Wisdom and discernment for the newly formed “Partnership Council,” to provide sound advice as the Flourishing Congregations Institute develops
- Clarity and focus for designing a robust national survey, planned for early 2018
- Willing congregations and participants to complete our survey
- An open and generous spirit among congregations to collaborate with our research team, and to receive and benefit from the research findings
- Positive reception to our various applications for funding this research
You can discover more about the Flourishing Congregations Institute by clicking here.
Canadian Poverty Institute
From Derek Cook, Director, Canadian Poverty Institute
The Canadian Poverty Institute (CPI) is an interdisciplinary institute at Ambrose University dedicated to healing poverty through teaching, research and public education. The CPI offers undergraduate and graduate poverty studies courses as well as opportunities for research.
This year the CPI is launching its first ever Poverty Studies Summer Institute bringing together a community of learners who want to gain a deeper knowledge of poverty and how to heal it. Please pray for guidance for the instructors and participants as they travel here and spend time together in learning and reflection.
Jaffray Centre for Global Initiatives
From Lauren Goldbeck, Research & Program Coordinator
The Jaffray Centre is a collaborative training, project development, and research hub that examines the way Canadians engage in global missions.
Please pray for our ongoing research project interviewing Christians from Muslim Backgrounds and their experiences.
We would also appreciate prayer for these upcoming events: for safety for those traveling, and that God will work through each of these projects and their participants.
- Jaffray conveners Charles Cook and Ray Aldred will be partnering with Matt LeBlanc and iemergence, to host a firstPeoples conference with indigenous people in the southern Philipines.
- Dr. Narry Santos, Dr. Robert Cousins, and Rev. Thich Truong will be sharing their experiences of engaging in mission in Canada during A Conversation on Mission at Ambrose on June 19th. Click here for more information.
- In August, Jaffray will host the 4th annual ReBoot, a program for Third Culture Kids transitioning to life in Canada.
An item of praise: The Cultural Fluency and Cultural Intelligence events that we’ve facilitated over the past year are coming to a close. We are grateful for those who have participated in these seminars and are encourage by the insights they have gleaned from these learning opportunities.