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Dokimoi Ergatai (Doh-key-moy Air-gah-tie)

is a Greek phrase that means "Approved Workers." It is taken from 2 Timothy 2:15: "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth."

Raptor Hand

Being an approved worker reminds us of our desire to become God's approved workers and is foundational to the following core value statements:

  • Sharing the Gospel of Christ in life, word and deed so that others may come to know him.
  • Fostering lifelong commitments to Christian vocation and servant-leadership through peer and advisor mentoring and discipleship to Christ.
  • Integrating our work and Christian faith by making wise use of gifts and abilities to serve the underprivileged around the world.
  • Demonstrating God's love through creative applications of our academic disciplines that meet human needs while valuing local culture.
  • Cultivating long-term partnerships with the communities we serve, to gain deep understanding and achieve sustainable results.

Strategic Commitments

  • Our projects are academically and professionally challenging, and they enable students to express Christian faith and value commitments through excellence in their academic discipline. 
  • Our students share project leadership and administration responsibilities with educators, and learn by seeing their professors and mentors in action.
  • Burkina Faso Site TeamOur project teams include students from multiple years of study for increased peer mentoring and the ability to tackle long-term projects for our partners.
  • Our Christian discipleship intentionally reflects on learning experiences, to sharpen vocational vision, foster servant-leadership, and nurture courage to act on convictions.