Entravos, sponsored by Calvin College, is now up and running. It is a website which connects people who are interested in international community development with overseas opportunities. There are currently postings for internships in all sorts of engineering, secretarial work, communications, graphic design. See the website here: http://www.entravos.net/ There are options in Korea and Honduras, among others. Pass it along!
This week Larry Baron, an importer of cultural artifacts, addressed the Globalization and Culture class. Larry has collected artifacts from the Tarahumara in Copper Canyon, Mexico; Zulus in South Africa; Yanamamos in the Amazon; and various parts of China. Among the artifacts that Mr. Baron passed around were: authentic wool blankets, huge burden baskets, stone corn grinders and a spindle. Mr. Baron also told the story of the Tarahumara, a people group whose language and culture is disappearing. They rose to international prominence through the memoir “Born to Run” which tells of Tarahmara who can run 100 miles a day for five days- barefoot. Baron is not only interested in the exchange of cultural artifacts, but also in applied anthropology- specifically empowering indigenous peoples to assert their rights at a governmental level. He worked with the Mexican government to petition for a “cultural biosphere” for the Tarahumara.
Congratulations to the graduates from the International Studies program! IST majors spend a semester abroad to carry out research on a specific cultural issue, then they report on their research at a campus-wide presentation. In addition to the worldview curriculum, the graduates have taken courses in political science, business, missions and Bible, foreign languages.
Pictured from left to right: Dr. Kenneth Nehrbass, and International Studies graduates Sara Ornelas, Jelissa Myers, Mason Graves. Not pictured: International Studies grad Andrea Thomasson.
Dr. John Perkins told the history within missiology of the coining the term “Christian community development” and the three “Rs” of development: Relocation, reconciliation, and redistribution. “It’s not about taking from the rich and giving to the poor.” Perkins explained, “Because then the poor will just want a Mercedes Benz like the rich have. It’s about changing values and educating people.”
Dan Barber, missions pastor at Pinelake Church, spoke on church planting movements among Somali (Muslim) refugees in East Africa. Barber explained that “sharing the four spiritual laws” won’t work in Muslim areas, but community development such as clean water projects, do often create opportunities for further discussions about Jesus Christ.
The BU Far East Movement will have an event called “Grab your dumpling and leave your finger print”at the student center on April 11 from noon to 2pm. The club will produce a piece of art work and will want to invite students come leave their finger print on it, in return, we reward them fried dumplings. In preparation, a number of BU students stayed up late Friday night with the goal of making 1000 dumplings