Trinity International University is engaged in training leaders for global kingdom service. One of the many ways this happens is through our online undergraduate degree completion programs, in which students like Karen Edwards have the opportunity to complete their degree in formats that fit their lives.
Karen and her husband are full-time missionaries in Costa Rica. In the midst of training women through life-on-life discipleship, she has been completing an online BA in Christian Ministries (one of three online Bachelor’s completion programs Trinity offers). She also recently spent six months stateside to augment her program with REACH counseling courses on the Deerfield campus, which is where we recently caught up with her.
When asked about her experiences with our online programs, she said, “Overall, it’s been great. My husband and I travel a lot; I can do my work from South America or whatever country I’m in, so that’s awesome.” For Karen, Trinity’s flexibility in delivery and timing provide the perfect educational complement to her full-time vocational pursuits.
Karen is excited about the training she’s received. When asked about how her recent counseling courses will affect her discipleship ministries once she returns to Costa Rica, she laughed and said, “Well, I’m still processing.” She went on to speak about some of the challenges and opportunities facing some of the women she disciples; she is especially excited about how her ministry is beginning to raise up married couples who, after growing in discipleship alongside one another, feel called to become overseas missionaries in Muslim countries. Karen hopes to someday visit and strengthen some of these couples using some of the theological and practical skills gained through her program.
She isn’t sure about what new opportunities will come in the future, but the unique combination of gospel-centeredness and flexibility Karen found in Trinity’s online BA in Christian Ministries degree completion program has given her training that will shape her ministry for years to come.
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