Mission is the application of the biblical faith in and for the world. Bible study is not simply about the past. Until we have begun studying the application of the Bible in today's world, we have not really begun to study the Bible at all. All our study travel programs offer opportunities to examine the contemporary application of the biblical faith, mission theory and mission effectiveness. The Society for Biblical Studies is on the leading edge of mission, developing new and unique missions to match individual and groups skills with local needs. Our primary missionary partner is the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, through whom we are able to develop mission experiences in Egypt, Israel, Palestine and Jordan.
Opportunities exist all around us to make a difference in the world. In the conflict bound environment of modern Israel and Palestine, we study the ingredients of peacemaking and undertake fact finding, solidarity, and advocacy missions. In Jerusalem, Amman, Istanbul and Cairo, we study points of contact between Islam, Judaism and Christianity. We learn the meaning of engaging in Christian mission in a pluralistic world. In Greece, we learn the rudiments of effective mission practice, study the missionary strategies of Paul and learn to apply them in our own churches. In Athens, we meet and work with people from the Balkans and the Middle East who have been displaced from theirr homes due to unresolved conflicts or in search of better economic circumstances.
The Society for Biblical Studies is leading the way in contextual mission study and is continually opening up new arenas for service. We have placed more volunteers in service than any other travel study organization. For example, in Jerusalem, we facilitate immersion and work experiences with the Jahalin Bedouin and Palestinian refugees. In Bethlehem and Jericho our volunteers have worked in hospitals, schools, day care centers and nursing homes. In Athens, we pioneered study/service programs and our volunteers have provided assistance to Kurdish refugees from Iraq, Turkey and Iran.