Global Ministry PartnershipsBy Joe Stowell on June 15, 2015
Our vision statement for CU is to be a "Christ-centered university with a passion for global influence through the transforming power of the gospel." So you can imagine how exciting it is to see that vision becoming a reality.
Among the trips that our students take globally, every year they travel to Kakolo Village, Zambia, to the school that Chip Huber, dean of student engagement, helped start while working at Wheaton Academy almost fifteen years ago. From hygiene workshops, entrepreneurial lectures and building projects, our students immerse themselves in the cultural and spiritual needs of the people there.
I'm a huge fan of this trip in particular because a new group of students are returning to the same place every year, solidifying CU's relationship with this village and strengthening our witness for Christ there.
Through the years, a strong partnership has been created between this little village in rural Zambia and our students right here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kristie Neff, Terra Firma coordinator, who supervised the trip shared this sentiment:
One thing I love about Cornerstone is that we return to the same partners year after year. Going back to Zambia becomes less about a cause and more about the relationships that we developed the previous year.
Having the opportunity to return to Zambia is an incredible encouragement to me. It is an encouragement to watch our students interact, learn from, play football with, sing and dance with and serve with the people and our friends in Zambia.
I love how Kristie calls the Zambians her friends, and how another young woman on the trip decided to sponsor a child while she was there. This trip truly has a way of bringing people, not just their needs, to the heart of the Kingdom cause.
Knowing that our staff and students are involved in global movements for the cause of Christ is just another reason...why I love it here!