ABTS will offer an online residency program as COVID-19 precautions make the normal 2-week residency impossible.
Colleges need to get creative during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Arab Baptist Theological Seminary is no exception. This year ABTS will offer the Cultural Analysis in the Context of the Middle East and North Africa module fully online.
“In a normal year, it would be one of the four core modules,” says Brent Hamoud, the program coordinator for the Institute of Middle East studies at ABTS. He says the class usually takes place, “Via a combination of online learning, with a residency program in Lebanon. It would be 20 weeks online, then two weeks on site in Lebanon.”
The class, Hamoud says, tackles the broad subject of culture: how do we live and operate in the world, and how do we form our identities? Hamoud says, “Part of the program has been field research and human subject research. It’s been going out and observing, interviewing, engaging with people.”
“It’s unfortunate,” says Hamoud, “that we can’t have the residency this year. This is one of the highlights of the program, this opportunity to gather in Lebanon.” He says studying culture directly comprises a large part of the course, and students will have to simulate that over a computer this year.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray that ABTS students taking this course would be able to learn well despite the changed format.
- Ask God to empower all ABTS students to effectively share the hope of Christ.
- Pray that COVID-19 cases would decline around the world, and that normal education could resume.