Hi, Kelsey here. Last post I spoke about the benefits of Redcliffe and how it prepared me for missions in contrast to Moody Bible Institute. The staff and community is what makes Redcliffe a strong missions training college.
The way the staff work at Redcliffe reminds me of Paul in 1 Thessalonians 2:8 “so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. ” The staff at Redcliffe don’t just give academic lectures, clean Wotton House or garden the yard. They share their lives with us. At large schools, it is very difficult to get personal with all of your students. The staff at Redcliffe participate in community groups, lead devotionals, join the student body for meals and special events, share personal experience and wisdom in lectures and mentor students one on one. They do this because they want to, because they love us students and want to pour into us what God has poured into them.
It is this environment that taught me the necessity of authentically counting the costs. This environment taught me cross-cultural ministry. It was through the staff here that I learned how to seek God and hear his voice like never before. It was through their experiences that I learned how to live in not just England, but a different country than home. And it was Redcliffe community that gave me a small taste of how incredible heaven will be one day: worshipping in different languages, celebrating God through different cultures, and communing with the creator as his precious creation, together.