One of the many study abroad opportunities available at OBU is the “Hands-On Ouachita” semester missions program. Students who participate in this program experience a learning environment beyond any that can be replicated in the classroom.
The original “Hands On” program is a five to six month tour of mission service offered to qualified students by the International Mission Board, SBC (IMB Connecting). Students in this program serve as semester missionaries working under experienced field supervisors. Their duties include evangelism, discipleship, and Kingdom ministry. For locations and job descriptions see www.thetask.org/handson.
IMB requirements for its Hands-On program state that participants must be active members of Southern Baptist churches. Non-IMB mission agencies may provide similar programs, but prior approval from the Hands-On Ouachita coordinator must be obtained in advance. Click here to check out the Southern Baptist convention. Click here to check out a Southern Baptist church near you.
To be eligible for Hands-On Ouachita, OBU Christian Studies majors must have passed CHMN 1023 Introduction to Christian Ministry, and MSSN 2303 Introduction to Christian Missions. For non-OBU students or non-Christian studies majors, this requirement may possibly be waived. Students must also have maintained a 2.5 gpa prior to application.
As part of its Hands-On Ouachita program, Ouachita Baptist University offers fifteen hours of academic credit in the courses listed below. These courses consist of pre-field, on-field, and post-field assignments. Course materials and instructions are accessed through Moodle, Ouachita’s online course management system. You will need significant blocks of time before your departure and after your return in order to complete these assignments. For more information about these courses see OBU’s online catalog at www.obu.edu/academics/general-catalog.
This is the hub course for all Hands-On academic activity. The Hands-On Practicum provides general orientation and information for maximizing the Hands-On experience.
The Christian Missions Internship features the on-the-job learning opportunities you will experience on the field. You will work in supervised ministry/missions situations under an experienced career missionary.
In this course, you, the student, will learn how to research, recognize, participate in, and understand actual mission strategies being implemented in the area where you will serve.
Missions Special Studies (Field Work)
You will receive credit for this course by successfully completing the work assigned by the field supervisor.
This represents a study of the principles of intercultural communication with a view to preparing you for life and work in a culture other than your own.
To receive college credit for the Hands-On…Ouachita program, students must enroll in the above courses through Ouachita Baptist University. Normal tuition fees will apply. Students must enroll in at least twelve hours in order to remain a full time student and maintain their existing financial support package. For more information on sign up go to Hands-On Application Procedures.
For more information contact:Ray Franklin, Hands-On Ouachita Instructor/Coordinator