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Husband and wife invest in higher education to prepare for ministry

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Summer (Kyle ’16) and Joshua Yang share a love not only for each other but also for serving people overseas. They met at a missions conference in Boston in 2011, and their common passion for international service and becoming Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) missionaries drew them together.

Summer, who is from Olympia, Washington, graduated from Simpson University in April 2016 with a BA in Cross-Cultural Studies and a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Joshua, whose hometown is Castro Valley, California, earned a BA in Religious Studies from University of California–Davis in 2012. He is pursuing his Master of Divinity through A. W. Tozer Theological Seminary.

Knowledge and Skills

During her time at Simpson, Summer received hands-on experience in a cross-cultural setting through a Footsteps Ministries internship, teaching English to students from Taiwan. She also developed skills to understand other cultures through cross-cultural communication, studying religions, language acquisition, and theology.

“Simpson has given me practical tools to use and to enter into many closed countries and communities as a teacher and share the love of Christ,” Summer says. “With Simpson’s motto to be a ‘Gateway to World Service,’ I have learned to steward my education as a Christian in my future ministry.”

Through Tozer’s Master of Divinity program, Joshua has taken a variety of classes that will help him in his future ministry.

“I believe that my education at Tozer will open doors in helping understand people more and teach me to serve with a heart of humility,” Joshua says. “I have learned to be open and to see other people and their perspectives with more respect and understanding.”

First-Rate Professors

Summer has been positively impacted by professors who have a firsthand knowledge of working on the missions field.

“All of my professors have experience as missionaries or overseas workers, and I love that their understanding for cross-cultural studies is not just from book knowledge but also real-life experiences and practices,” she says. “They are very relatable and available to mentor and guide you in having a holistic theology of missions and service in the world.”

Joshua has been impressed with the open communication and personal interest his professors have shown him and his classmates.

“I honestly sense the desire in the professors’ hearts to invest into the hearts of the next generation of ministers and leaders that will be birthed through the Tozer Seminary program,” he says. “They have been a source of encouragement and a challenge to my faith. They have taught me to think critically yet humbly.”

Over the next three years, Summer and Joshua will work on their C&MA missionary application. They also plan on serving at a Redding-area church while Joshua continues his studies at Tozer and Summer pursues her master’s in TESOL.

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