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Grace University offers two distinct EDGE site locations. Students are encouraged to participate during their Sophomore year. However, students may also participate in their Junior or Senior year.





edge Mali

What are the dates? The team departs the beginning of January.  The study program lasts approximately six months, finishing the first week in July.


Who can participate?  Students in the Intercultural Studies major who have completed their freshman year of college. Other students desiring participation must seek permission from the IS Program Director. Intercultural Studies majors are given preference in the acceptance process. Team size is limited to 8 students. Participating students must take all of the EDGE courses, including the two preparation courses during the preceding fall semester, and Intercultural Transition Seminar in the semester after the EDGE.


What will I study? 18 credit hours of mission-related courses in uniquely packaged, non-traditional modules. Courses include: French language, Cultural Anthropology, World’s Living Religions, Intercultural Relationships, Context and Mission and Intercultural Ministry Field Experience. Grace University faculty, including qualified local personnel, serve as instructors.


Where will I live?   While in Mali, you are hosted by the Malian national church but remain a student of Grace University. Your primary home will be located in a smaller regional town. Your team, however, will also spend time in various parts of Mali and interact with a number of ministries.


How can I raise the funds?  Support team development training is provided by Grace University. Practical, hands-on assistance is given to help each participant raise the funds necessary for this six-month experience. All non-tuition financial support receives a tax deductible receipt from Grace University. Scholarship, grant, and financial aid assistance normally available to students also applies to this program. Intercultural Studies-specific scholarships are available to qualified students.


What do I need to do first?  Start (continue) praying about this exciting venture! Contact Mr. Jones for more information. Talk this over with your families, parents, pastors, friends, and mentors. Once you decide to participate, fill out an EDGE application to reserve your place!

edge Jackson MS / Seattle WA (also the Psychology risk Program)

What are the dates? The team departs the second week of January. 
The study program lasts approximately six months, finishing the middle of July.


Who can participate?  Students in the Intercultural Studies or Psychology major who have completed their freshman year of college. Other students desiring participation must seek permission from the IS Program Director. Intercultural Studies majors are given preference in the acceptance process. Team size is limited to 6-8 students. Participating students must take all of the EDGE courses for credit, including the two preparation courses during the preceding fall semester.


What will I study? 19 credit hours of mission-related courses in uniquely packaged, non-traditional modules. Courses include: Cultural Anthropology, Poverty in American Society, Intercultural Field Experience, Intercultural Relationships, Christian Social Responsibility, Principles of Christian Community Development, and Racism & Prejudice in American Society. Grace University faculty and qualified local personnel serve as instructors.


Where will I live?   In Jackson the students will be hosted by the John M. Perkins Foundation. While in Seattle, women are hosted by the Union Gospel Mission Hope Place and men are hosted by the Union Gospel Mission Men’s Shelter. All team members serve at the Hope Place and remain students of Grace University.


How can I raise the funds?  Support team development training is provided by Grace University. Practical, hands-on assistance is given to help each participant raise the funds necessary for this six-month experience. All non-tuition financial support receives a tax deductible receipt from Grace University. Scholarship, grant, and financial aid assistance normally available to students also applies to this program. Intercultural Studies-specific scholarships are available to qualified students.


What do I need to do first?  Start (continue) praying about this exciting venture! Contact Mr. Jones or Sharon Lane for more information. Talk this over with your families, parents, pastors, friends, and mentors. Once you decide to participate, fill out an EDGE application to reserve your place

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