Missionaries carried the gospel to Africa as colonial powers invaded the continent in the late 1800s. Today, a thriving African church and continued missionary activity confront a society of extremes: a rising middle class alongside entrenched poverty, technological advances alongside the scourge of AIDS.
The course will be based at Kijabe, one of the world’s largest mission centers with a history dating back over 100 years. We will examine the development of Christianity in Africa and participate in the ongoing work of Christians, both missionaries and Kenyans.
We’ll spend most of our time in one place, so we can get to know people more deeply. As an honored guest, you may be invited to pray out loud, sing in a group or share a word of encouragement. In addition, we will probably be walking—a lot—perhaps a few miles some days, so please consider whether that would be enjoyable for you.
Estimated course fee: $3900
Dr. David Dixon teaches communication at Messiah College. A son of missionaries, he grew up at Kijabe and went on to study the impact of missionary work in literacy on the emerging nationalism of colonial Kenya. He has led three previous teams of students on trips to Kijabe.
Robin Dixon is an alumna of Messiah College and has made several trips to Kenya, including co-leading a cross-cultural course. She has also worked widely with international students in the United States.
Kenya 2020 Cross_Cultural Syllabus.pdf