Hi! My name is Zeebs (Carly) Langley and I attend Bethany Global University. Bethany Global University in Bloomington, MN is an accredited missions university that has been around for almost 70 years. BGU is one part of Bethany International, a missions organization whose vision is to ‘take the church to where it is not.’ In other words, they go where the Gospel has not yet been preached, often the hardest and darkest places in the world. Currently I am studying theology and Intercultural Studies and exploring the possibility of a career in missions. The centerpiece of the BGU program is an overseas experience that begins junior year called Global Internship.
This fall I will be heading to Kenya, Africa for 16 months to continue my studies where we will be taking online courses while living in a completely foreign context. The primary aim of Global Internship is to develop a cross-cultural perspective by living among people we have very little in common with, whose language we don’t speak, and whose customs we don’t understand. We will be taking classes through BGU, but we are classified as missionaries through Bethany Gateways, which is the missions arm of Bethany International. During our time in Kenya, we will be serving alongside Bethany Gateways missionaries based locally overseas. We will be supporting them in their efforts, and learning what it means to live abroad and minister abroad. The mission of Bethany Gateways is to make disciples among the unreached people groups in the area and the surrounding regions. While overseas, we will be learning Swahili, interacting in the marketplace, forming relationships with people in the community, and doing ministry alongside of Bethany partners that are based in the region. Some opportunities we will have include working with Muslims at local schools with children, local church planting efforts, agricultural projects in the north as well as working alongside established medical clinics, and tutoring English. The capital city of Kenya and surrounding regions of Nairobi are Christian. However, the northern region where we will be living and learning is quite the opposite. It is virtually 100% Muslim. Kenya borders Somalia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Uganda. There are many Somali refugees located in the town where my team and I will be living. We will get to minister to them along with the local Kenyans. My hope during my time in Kenya is to learn what it means to be an effective, cross-cultural Christian. I want to learn how to be a witness in a context I have no background with, and become cross-culturally equipped to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
In order to do this, I have the privilege of raising a financial partner team! I am currently sitting at thirteen percent funded and have been so blessed by those have decided to partner with me! If this is something you feel called to do, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for playing a part in the Great Commission by supporting missionaries through finances and prayer! If you have any questions about my upcoming mission, please let me know!