The Intercultural Studies program will help better equip you especially for cross-cultural ministry, but also for understanding and connecting with people of other cultures.
How did your program at Biola prepare you for your career?
Biola helped me to learn some common cultural viewpoints that help me communicate and understand multicultural co-workers, friends and new acquaintances. Also, I am more confident in my grasp of the Gospel and other important biblical concepts. This allows me to engage in discussions around Biblical topics with knowledge and gained wisdom with both Christians and non-Christians.
What did you appreciate most about your time at Biola?
I appreciated the biblical focus of Biola. This focus was evident in Biola's activities and goals. I appreciated being in an environment where peers and faculty were striving to know our Heavenly Father better through study, worship and service. I appreciated the small class sizes within the intercultural studies major that created a tight-knit community.
How did Biola equip you to be a more faithful follower of Jesus Christ?
Biola provided faculty that desired to know Christ personally and who valued teaching their students the glories of Christ. They care for their students and that is evident in their interactions with the students and willingness to help in whatever way they can. Biola helped me learn that the Gospel is God putting His grace on us and it's not something we earn or maintain, which was a relatively new concept to me at the time. Biola provided the opportunity for that truth to sink deeper into my heart and cause me to love and appreciate our Savior with a fuller heart. I'm so thankful to the work that Biola puts in to maintain its biblical principles in a turbulent culture.
What advice would you give to students considering your degree program?
The Intercultural Studies program will help better equip you especially for cross-cultural ministry, but also for understanding and connecting with people of other cultures. I would also say take advantage of the time you have under your professors. Ask them about their cross-cultural experiences, so that it will help your gain an understanding of the full, long-term picture of ministry in a cross-cultural context.