International Ministries

Eastern University Graduate Interns Serve in Asia

September 4, 2013 Journal
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The following is written by Rev. Dr. Ben Chan, area director at International Ministries for East Asia, India, Hong Kong and China.

I have been working with Dr. David Bronkema, International Development Director of the Eastern University to arrange graduate interns to serve with International Ministries partners in Asia. The first batch of interns has arrived in India for a three months research study and volunteer service. Ashley Caycedo and Joshua Ellison are the two students selected through a rigorous selection process and prayers for the internship this year. Ashley is a student of MBA degree program in International Economic Development, and Josh in MA degree program in International Development. Both Ashley and Josh are second year students and have completed their course work except the field practicum.

Ashley will be based in Guwahati, Assam and will serve with the Council of Baptist Churches in North East India (CBCNEI.) Josh will be based in Hanamkonda, Andhra Pradesh and will serve with the Banjara Development Trust (BDT.) Their assignment includes conducting research and assessment of the programs of the two organizations, as well as involving in the training and programs.

Ashley always wants to go to India, experiences life and helps people in some ways in the country. She said, “I am so excited for the opportunity to serve in India. Thank you for this opportunity.” Josh believes that this overseas service may be an opening for a long term relationship with IM and global mission work. He said, “I am open to looking into a long term mission service. This may be a beginning of the journey.” 

IM development worker Debbie Mulneix and Mr. Shankar Prasad Kalaunee, Eastern University Ph. D student in Organizational Leadership, have worked with me to launch the program.