Important: Latest News About WCIU

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Friends of WCIU,

After serving for the past 27 years in the field and then as the leader of a mission sending movement, in May of 2017 I found the Lord calling me to serve as President of William Carey International University.

I was most attracted here by the vision I shared for seeing the Kingdom making maximum impact among the least reached. When I arrived in May 2017 the Board of WCIU was well into a process of evaluating how to make the most effective and strategic use of our resources of people and property to fulfill our vision, including consideration of the potential sale of a portion of our property.

The primary drive for me in this process has been, how do we best utilize what we have for the purposes God has given us?

It is a vision 40 years old, passed to us from Dr. Ralph Winter and many others here. And it is a vision for the next 40 years, or until His Kingdom comes in fullness.

We are standing at the front edges of a new path, one that includes an ongoing, creative presence here in Pasadena focused on innovation and training to effectively overcome barriers to the Gospel and accelerate breakthroughs among the least reached, seeing movements to Jesus expressing all the fullness of His Kingdom among all the peoples of the earth.

We will continue to pursue that here in Pasadena, and in a growing number of acceleration points globally, located closer to where God is raising up new mission movements, and closer to the unreached themselves, the people groups who have always been our focus and our treasure.

Where are we relative to our property?

After evaluating a number of possibilities, we have agreed with one potential buyer to discuss in more detail the specific terms of a sale for a portion of the property. Of course, in the next several months, it is possible that one or both parties will decide that it is not something to pursue, and it is possible that even if agreed, the buyer may not be able to fulfill their side.

I have been encouraging my team and staff here to seek to live in this very chaotic and confusing season with three things in our hearts:

  • Charitable assumptions for others
  • Prayer to the One Who builds the house and guards the city
  • And a steady hand on the plow as we pursue reaching all peoples

In Jesus

Kevin Higgins

President WCIU

William Carey Day Celebration!

Over 20 WCIU faculty, staff, and friends came together to celebrate William Carey Day last Friday, October 20, 2017. The celebration consisted of a variety of Indian food, fun and fellowship. After eating, everyone grabbed a seat and watched "A Candle in the Dark", a movie about the life of William Carey, and all he and his family endured as he pursued purpose with a beautiful conviction which led to breakthrough in India. The movie made us laugh, smile, cry and rejoice at the miracles that took place after what seemed to be "failed attempts". As he persevered, it was evident that every attempt William Carey made was in actuality a time of seed planting which continued to grow and still is today. 

William Carey is honored with a feast day in the Calendar of Saints every October 19th by several churches of the Anglican Communion. William Carey founded the Serampore College and Serampore University, the first degree awarding University in India, and also translated the Bible into Bengali, Oriya, Assamese, Arabic, Marathi, Hindi, and Sanskrit.

His heart for India is a reminder of God's never-ending, relentless love for all mankind. May we each follow the unique conviction which lies within us. It is then we can truly "expect great things from God; and attempt great things for God."

Below is a picture of some of the celebration!

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WCIU Faculty & Staff Celebrated the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival!

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Last Wednesday, WCIU Faculty and Staff gathered together and indulged in a delicious assortment of mooncakes and Jasmine tea in commemoration of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. While gathering, we learned a lot about Chinese culture and traditions from our very own Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Yalin Xin. Our time together was nothing short of fantastic. Laughter, fellowship and tea in gorgeously decorated cups gave us all a sense of excitement, as well as a short break from our daily work routine.

A BIG thank you to Dr. Yalin Xin, who graciously invited us to be apart of this wonderful experience. We learned so much, and the mooncakes were AMAZING!

For those wondering what exactly the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is, it is the second largest festival in China following the Chinese New Year. During this time, family members and friends come together to gaze at the moon and express memories of other family and friends who live far away. As they watch the beautiful moon it is custom to eat mooncakes, which symbolizes reunion of family. The holiday lasts for an entire week--how awesome is that?!

Click the photo below to view more images from our gathering.

Our students serve on the front lines

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WCIU offers 100% online education programs designed to prepare men and women to address the roots of problems in developing countries. With that said, our students come from many different cultures, backgrounds and locations. Some in Africa, India, China, Australia, New Zealand, and some are even located right here in the state of California--the list goes on. What is even more awesome, is that as a distance education university, students have the opportunity to interact and connect with their instructors and classmates online. This draws in those who have a deep desire to learn, but live extremely busy lives, raising children, working, and serving in ministry.

Our amazing students serve on the front-lines in developing countries in the fields of education, micro-enterprise and community development, all while maintaining their commitments to training and preparation through their education here at WCIU. Not only is that impressive, it's commendable. Big salute and thanks to our WCIU students who have joined the movement, and with that, will make a huge difference in and throughout the world.

We are currently training 77 students from 44 countries serving in over 23 development agencies.