For the student to gain firsthand cross-cultural experience, and to help flesh out concepts and ideas learned at Eternity (cultural acquisition, contextualized ministry, worldview considerations, etc.).
In addition to including mission trips and other organized ministry activities, this requirement may be fulfilled through a wide variety of cross-cultural experiences and trips. At the same time, students must go beyond visiting resorts and other tourist destinations where there is little interaction with the local population. Trips/experiences will be approved on a case by case basis. In order for an experience to be approved, students must:
- Find opportunities to engage and appreciate the history of a given culture (visit museums, houses of worship, cultural centers, etc).
- Interact relationally with members of the culture through one-on-one discussions, shared meals, interviews, etc.
- Experience aspects of daily life in the culture including transportation, meals, the marketplace, etc.
- When possible, students are encouraged to experience a worship service geared towards the culture they’re visiting.