Students Travel, Learn and Minister in Other Cultures
Study Abroad Program Expands Moody Bible Institute’s Global Reach
During the fall, spring and summer semesters, some of Moody Bible Institute’s students are learning, ministering and immersing themselves in cultures around the world. Whether standing before the church doors in Wittenberg, Germany, where Luther nailed his 95 theses, reading Acts 17 on top of Mars Hill in Athens where the apostle Paul stood, or tracing the steps of Jesus through Jerusalem, studying abroad has worlds to offer.
Saint Augustine is thought to have said, “The world is a book, and those who don’t travel read only one page.” Each page is vast and different, and Moody’s study abroad programs strive to read as many as possible.
Moody provides two types of study abroad trips for its students: the International Studies Program (ISP) and the semester-abroad, Moody-faculty taught “Moody in…” programs.
ISP allows students to enroll in partner schools in countries such as Italy, Jordan, Ireland and England.
“ISP trips provide an intense cultural experience through cultural immersion,” said Dr. Gregg Quiggle, Moody’s dean of study abroad.
The larger and more expansive “Moody in…” study abroad programs currently reach six countries. Most recent was the 2013 trip to Greece. The first “Moody in Greece” trip hosted 32 students, 11 of whom were from Moody’s campus in Spokane, Wash.
“I would recommend the Greece study abroad or any study abroad opportunity to anybody wanting a challenge or to learn something new about themselves, experience a new culture or most importantly learn about the Bible: where it was written and to whom it was written,” added Ty Shaum, junior intercultural studies major at Moody in Spokane.
Currently, a group of Moody students is tracing Jesus’ steps through Jerusalem in the “Moody in Israel” program. Other trips include a spring trip to Germany and a summer trip through Europe that will include Italy, Germany and Switzerland.
“Seeing key pieces of history such as Heidelberg or Berlin suddenly helps you fit together parts of your story and your belief,” said Kathryn O’Neal, sophomore theology major, who took part in the spring 2013 Germany trip. “Wherever abroad you may go, you will not regret it.”
This summer, students will be able to spend seven-weeks at “Moody in England.” The England trip will include a course on British Literature with Moody professor Dr. Rosalie de Rosset, a theology elective and a course taught by a faculty member of Redcliffe College, an English Bible college. The trip is less expensive than the Europe trip and includes a summer school course and a voucher for an online class. The program is still accepting students. Those who are full-time at Moody and interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Moody in…” will expand to Kenya, Africa, either in fall 2014 or summer/fall 2015. For more information about Moody’s study abroad programs, please visit www.moody.edu/study-abroad.
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Modified Article by Jenna Reed. Article and photos courtesy of The Moody Standard, Volume 79:8, Feb. 19, 2014.
Visit Moody Stories to read journal entries from Moody student, Kathryn O'Neal, and a Q&A on Associate Dean of Study Abroad, Greg Quiggle.