International (MNN) — InterVarsity Christian Fellowship wants to help college students find their place in the global Body of Christ. That means meeting them where they are on college campuses, but according to InterVarsity’s Scott Bessenecker, it also means taking them out of their comfort zones.
Intervarsity is mostly famous for helping students discover what it means to be part of the Church “in the context of campus and education,” but that’s not where students’ journeys end. To live out the Gospel, Bessenecker says, you have to enter into other communities. Understanding another person’s context can help you have a better appreciation of how God might fit into it.
Take immigration issues, for example. In the U.S., ongoing debates about the southern border have the potential to make the discussion purely political, but InterVarsity wants to humanize the problem. To do that, they take students to the border to meet communities in the area face to face. They’ll live in a migrant shelter, speak with people from both sides of the border, and wrestle with how God and faith fit into the issue.
It’s not just about immigration; InterVarsity seeks the humanity aspect of several other conversations, too. They expose them to non-Western thinkers in Manila and Nairobi, urban life in Tampa and Los Angeles, and rural poverty in West Virginia. All summer long, hundreds of students will be experiencing contexts far from their own.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Alex Anhalt