PhD Tuition and travel
Organized by: James Riggins
My name is James A. Riggins. I am originially from the East Coast of the USA. I have been living and working in Thailand since 2012 when I came as a volunteer English teacher. I live and work among the nations of the world, and love it. At the same time, it can be challenging. Every person has traditions that create the backdrop of their perspectives on life, love, religion and all other parts of human existence right down to eating and using the bathroom (seriously).
Understanding the complexities, similarities and differences of the cultures around me as well as unpacking the nuances of my own cultural backgrounds is what drove me to pursue my PhD in Intercultural Studies at Biola University in California. The mission of the program tells the aim of the program:
“The Cook School of Intercultural Studies exists to equip students to communicate, live and work effectively in culturally diverse contexts, to make disciples of all peoples and impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.
In 2015 I transitioned into the role of pastor of a church plant in the city where I live. Now, instead of simply living among the nations I am shepherding the souls from various countries. This PhD is more than a higher-Ed degree; it is a way for me to become more equipped to effectively minister to the nations that I am in the midst of. The program is designed for missionaries who live outside of the USA and work in cross-cultural ministry contexts. Since Biola University is located in California, USA, most of my courses are online. Once a year I travel to attend classroom intensives on the California. I am passionate about what I do - learning as well as being a part of the lives of people from cultures around the world, making a difference in their lives. Flying to and from Thailand is a necessary expense for the goal of attaining this degree. It is this expense that I seek help for at this time. All donations of support are appreciated and accepted.
Thank you and may God richly bless you as you give to others.