Harding Magazine

From the President
On to Africa

By David B. Burks

President, David B. BurksOur heritage is rich in missions. From the beginning, leaders of this institution have always been advocates of spreading God's truth and love around the globe.

I am reminded of our second president, Dr. George S. Benson, who returned from mission work in China in 1936 to lead the school because he believed through Christian education, he could help prepare many missionaries to serve around the world.

Following the end of his presidency in 1965, he was tirelessly committed to the building of institutions of Christian education in the Republic of Zambia, Africa, and became chair of the board of trustees for Zambian Christian Schools.

Many of you who attended Harding in the 1970s may remember Benson telling of his Zambia trips in chapel, including colorful stories about a man named Bicycle. Can you imagine the stories Benson would tell and how pleased he would be that we now have our seventh international campus in Zambia?

The program's first semester was held this past fall at the Namwianga Mission in Kalomo, which operates an elementary school, a junior high school, a high school, a teachers college, a medical clinic, an orphanage, a home for "street kids," and a  working farm that feeds the students. Though not without technology challenges, the inaugural semester proved a great success.

The curriculum emphasizes health care missions but offers practical benefits to all — including an international worldview and cross-cultural education. Our students responded to the program beautifully, and you may share some of their varied experiences as told in their own words.

The semester in Zambia only reinforces our commitment to missions. I am excited about the continued growth of International Programs and the ability to enlarge our students' global vision.

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