India: Delhi and Allahabad
Spring Break – $3,000
About the Trip
This exciting Spring Break trip offers a packed, yet doable experience in India. It is offered for credit in conjunction with two spring courses: CORE/KYST 3000 — BTS 2150, Conflict and Conciliation; and BTS 2700, World Religions.
We will be engaging with three partners—two in Delhi, and one in Allahabad. All three engage with issues of Conflict and Conciliation from three different perspectives:
- Bible Bhavan in Delhi has a more traditional approach. It is a solid ministry, which cares for orphans and victims of violence.
- EFICOR in Delhi is the relief and development arm of the Evangelical Fellowship of India. They do amazing work in among widows and orphans. They would be progressive in their work and philosophy.
- Yeshu Darbar is the fastest growing church movement in North India. It is primarily made up of Outcaste and OBC people. Whole villages have become Muslim-Christian or Hindu-Christian, including castes from where prostitutes for high caste people are taken. It is the outreach wing of a Christian University called SHUATS University, with 15,000 students. SHUATS gives out several PhDs every year. Theologians from the Covenant Church (Rob Johnston, who was the Provost of NPU, and Academic Dean of NPTS; David Nystrom, and I lead a PhD program in Christian Studies there). They have schools Engineering, Nursing, Business, etc., about 5 times our size. This will be another major experience for our students, on the banks of the river where the Buddha, and Mahavira preached. This will be the most non-traditional approach for our students.