There’s nothing like jumping right in with both feet! We arrived safely in Kenya late on Friday night and the semester at Bridgeworld College started first thing Monday morning. Here’s a glimpse of my week.
Monday – 8.30am – Weekly staff and faculty prayer meeting, followed by lots of learning about the college, its relationship with North West University in South Africa, and the courses I will be teaching this semester.
Tuesday – 10.30am – My first class! I’m teaching a 4-credit course (equivalent to 2 credit hours in US colleges) survey of church history to first year students. After introductions – I introduced myself, the students introduced themselves, and I introduced the course – I handed out an article for the students to read before our first “real” class next week.
Wednesday – 11am – Weekly chapel service. Jody and the kids were warmly welcomed at the college for chapel and morning tea. The faculty, staff and students were very glad to meet them.
Wednesday – 2pm – Actual teaching! I’m teaching an 8-credit course (equivalent to a 4 credit course in US colleges) in systematic theology to second year students. The course covers a lot of ground – the doctrines of Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last things – so we jumped right in on Wednesday afternoon with two and a half hours of lectures.
Thursday – 9am – More actual teaching. I’m also teaching an 8-credit course in New Testament studies (the Synoptic Gospels) to first year students. As in systematic theology, we jumped right in with two and a half hours of lectures.
Friday – 2pm – Faculty meeting. I learned even more about the college, its relationship with North West University in South Africa, and the courses I will be teaching this semester, which left me with a lengthy to-do list for this week, including preparing syllabi for all of my courses, lecture notes for my students (from last week and this week), and the actual lectures for all three courses again this week.
Even though it was quite a full week, it was also very enjoyable for which I am thankful. Bridgeworld College is a wonderful place and I’m glad to be part of it.