For siblings Caris and Caleb Clark, a trip to Africa last summer was more than a chance to experience a new culture or an immersive adventure in an exotic locale.
It was a chance to live their faith by sharing the Gospel.
The duo traveled with Let’s Start Talking (LST), a missions organization that uses the book of Luke to teach English to people around the globe. Those free English lessons become a springboard for discussions about Jesus.
The Clarks along with fellow YC student and teammate Seth Olin spent six weeks in Dakar, Senegal. They were one of four LST teams that went out from York College last summer.
Caleb had previously traveled with LST to Taiwan, China. He said the experience in Senegal was very different, as a large percentage of the population there is Muslim. Jesus is considered a prophet in the Muslim religion; so many of the stories he shared from scripture were not new to the Senegalese readers, as they had been for the mostly-Buddhist readers in Taiwan.
Still, he says he had some deep conversations with readers that challenged him to articulate and discuss his Christian faith in new ways.
Caleb is a senior in his final year at York College. Caris is a sophomore. Both are from North Dakota. Their brother Cory ’11 was also on their team in Senegal.
Caleb is considering more short-term mission work after he graduates in the spring. Caris says she would like to participate in World Race after she is finished with her studies at YC. That program sends volunteers around the world for 11 months of service projects in 11 countries.
Both Caleb and Caris say that though it was challenging, they enjoyed their time in Senegal. The church they worked with was a self-sustaining congregation of about 80 members and was led by a missionary from Ghana.
Other York College LST teams last year visited Ghent, Belgium and Beijing, China.
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