By the grace of God, in 2019 the Academy is well into its 10th year training international students to be redemptive change agents back home. We have trained students from Indonesia, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, India, Haiti, Jamaica, Zambia, Ukraine, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Nigeria, Togo, Liberia, Kenya, and other countries around the globe.
Now a professor of political science in Duke University's Shanghai branch, Dr. Philip Santoso writes that "Through the Comparative Worldviews class provided by the Wilberforce Academy, I was exposed to a variety of worldviews and learned how each often fall short from the consistency and robustness of the Christian worldview."
Dr. Thangboi Haokip, the Academy's first mentee in 2009, launched a Christian K-12 school back home as his redemptive project. Today, the school (in two sites) has grown to over 536 children. Other mentees are leading financial mentoring programs, writing Christian education curricula for their nations, and leading pastoral training and reconciliation programs.
In 2018, the Academy launched its expansion effort Multiplying Redemptive Change Agents. Through this program, during the next three years we hope to engage 100 other international student ministers across North America with a simplified version of our curriculum. They, in turn, will train another 300 or more international students to creatively, courageously, intelligently, and skillfully apply a Christian worldview to challenges in their home societies.
God has brought the world to our doorstep so that they can find the Savior who, in turn, launches them on lives of redemptive change. The Academy helps them achieve that goal which reflects the spirit of Romans 8:19: "For all of creation waits eagerly for the sons of God to be revealed." When Christian students engage their societies with the love and truth of the Gospel, Christ is honored and societies flourish.