Anytime we use a map app on our telephone, it takes at least three global positioning satellites for the phone to find and display where we are, where we want to go, and the route to get there. The irony is that we cannot find our way unless we are viewed from at least three different positions that are not where we currently are. The further away those three positions are from us and from each other the
more accurately the map can locate us.
BGU has discovered the same principle applies for finding our way in our spiritual and educational journey. We often have the greatest insights when we can see life, the world, and ourselves through the eyes of others in vastly different cultures other than our own.
On May 1-10, 2020, BGU students, alumni and friends have the opportunity to become immersed in the place, culture and people of Nairobi, Kenya. It is designed to provide a unique way for people of many cultures to live out the life-changing experience of seeing ourselves, our culture, and God’s work through the eyes of others very different than ourselves. Nairobi is unique in the world as a place to do this.
First, BGU has over 30 alumni living in Nairobi, serving in slums, businesses, government and NGO roles. They are the leaders of this course sharing the stories of God in their home. Second, the worldviews of Africa are robust in experience, relationships and story, but have not been as researched and written about as much as many other world views. This event provides a view of God that cannot be
experienced any other way. Third, BGU has a unique way of conducting urban immersions that have been honed over almost 4 decades and nearly 300 events that is not just about studying about a place, but truly immersing in the worldview and people of a place for personal and spiritual transformation.
BGU’s urban immersions create dissonance that is discomforting, confusing, and uprooting, that springs into the often lifetime cross-cultural relationships that bring the comfort of seeing God’s work in the world far beyond what we knew before. BGU was founded on an urban immersion process that was honed through 250 city consultations from 1980 to 2003 designed and led by leaders in the Lausanne movement such as Ray Bakke. Learning from the principles of the Billy Graham evangelistic city crusades, the actual city immersion event is not nearly as important as the months of planning that requires churches and city leaders to work together before the event and leaves deeper relationships for on-going collaboration after the event. Since 2003, BGU has incorporated these urban immersions as a central part of its curriculum holding over 50 urban immersions in the largest cities in 5 continents where students, alumni and faculty all experience life-changing insights together.
I hope you can join us in Nairobi on May 1-10, 2020 as a student in your degree pursuit, or as an alumni
or journey partner who wants a non-degree life-changing experience with values-consistent friends.