In 2015, 2016 and 2017, the theme of the International Course is ‘Living in God’s Kingdom: called to joy and suffering’. Together with church leaders from Asia, Africa, South America and Europe, we study this theme to become better equipped for our tasks in our churches and communities.
Some of the questions we discuss during the course are: What can a Christian expect from life? How and with what purpose are we being blessed? What does the Bible teach us about suffering, pain and persecution? How can we respond wisely to so-called prosperity gospel? What brings us real and lasting joy?
In 2015 and 2016, the International Course took place in Zwolle, The Netherlands. Verre Naasten, Viaa University for applied sciences and Theological University in Kampen worked together in organizing the courses. Participants were hosted in the homes of church members in and around Zwolle.
From June 19 to July 3, 2017, the International Course was held in the French language and took place in Yaoundé, Cameroon. We organized this course together with FUID (Francophone University of International Development). Participants came from 15 African countries and from Haiti, Canada and the Netherlands.