GTS Reaches Out, Pastorally and Globally
Students share their Summer 2012 MINISTRIES.
As part of our series, General Stories, we introduce you to two GTS students who are contributing to the mission and ministry of the wider church.
Seminarian JK Melton is spending this summer in Tanzania thanks to General Seminary's F.A.R. and Wide Scholarship in Mission and World Anglicanism. Melton is working in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika under the mentorship of the Rev. Sandra McCann, M.D., an official missionary of The Episcopal Church
Melton will begin his trip touring mission projects in Dar es Salam and the surrounding area. Then, he will stay in the village of Nghong'onha, ministering with a local priest who is also in the midst of a theological study program. JK will preach on Sundays, help teach, and otherwise participate in parish life. Finally, JK will participate in a theology conference at Msalato Theological College.
Having previously spent time in Liberia, JK is interested in discovering how mission work is different in a country that has suffered relatively little political strife. Whereas Liberia has survived years of bitter civil war, Tanzania, by contrast, has experienced economic chaos, but not the political violence that has troubled other post-colonial African nations.
JK is also eager to learn lessons from mission work that could apply to evangelism in the United States, where Christianity is no longer part of the dominant culture. “We can learn from the churches in Africa about ways to engage our communities and share the gospel," he said.