Perkins School of Theology South Africa Immersion Trip (Spring 2017)

Dr. Evelyn L. Parker, associate dean for Academic Affairs and Susanna Wesley Centennial Professor of Practical Theology at Perkins, is leading students on a tour of South Africa during an immersion course offered through the Perkins Global Theological Education Program (GTE).

In Pretoria

An update from Brian Lightner, a second-year Master of Divinity candidate: Let me begin by saying that the purpose of our immersion trip is to explore the meaning of Christian hope and to identify hope that ushers forth from ministries with/by the people in South Africa. That being the framework of today’s adventures, we prepared to depart the hotel from Jo’burg on our way to Pretoria, the legislative capital of South Africa. And, with the rising of the morning sun we were on our way by railways to Pretoria, to encounter vital ministries of hope. Pastor Joel Upon arrival, we were introduced to one of the most non-assuming gentleman I’ve ever encountered, Pastor Joel Mxolisi. He and his [...]

Cape Town

Perkins students Katie Lewis and Pavielle Jenkins blog about their experiences in Cape Town during this week’s Perkins immersion trip to South Africa:   Today was our first day in Cape Town, and all of us are in awe of how beautiful this city is. We started our day with a tour of Parliament and learned the similarities and differences between our government and South Africa's government. From there, we went to worship at Central Methodist Mission, where several Perkins students had the privilege of helping lead worship. One of the highlights of the service was the singing How Great is Our God together, with Bryson on the piano and lead vocal, Nicole on the violin, and the CMC worship [...]

Children of Soweto

Nicole Melki, a Master of Arts in Ministry candidate at Perkins, shares with us her experiences on an immersion trip to South Africa: “Our Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future.” – Nelson Mandela Music transcends when words are at loss. It has the power to heal, liberate and awaken the soul in a mysterious way – expressing the deepest pains and the deepest joys of the soul in unison. On Sunday, March 12, the immersion group from Perkins School of Theology had the privilege of visiting the Regina Mundi Catholic Church located in Soweto, South Africa. As the church began to sing, my soul and my heart became mysteriously filled with both pain and joy. I could [...]