Johnson alumnus, Matt Nance (‘13) and his family, live and minister in Jordan, an Arabic speaking country in the Middle East. The primary focus of their work is among the nearly one million Syrian refugees that have flooded into Jordan. In addition to that work, this past semester the Intercultural Studies (ICS) Department asked Matt to teach as an adjunct professor. Dr. Linda Whitmer, the dean of ICS was unable to find someone locally to teach Introduction to Arabic Language and Culture, so she asked Matt if he could do this from Jordan via Skype technology.
In spite of a few technical challenges and a six-hour time difference, the students thoroughly enjoyed the class and the opportunity to learn firsthand from someone who’s recently gone through the process of learning the Arabic language and culture himself. They also got to hear about the day-to-day ministry, as well as the challenges and blessings of serving cross culturally. Three of the four students in the class will be doing their cross cultural internship in the Middle East this summer, two of them with the Nances in Jordan.