Tracks

Chinese Track

中国组

无论你目前处在怎样的境遇,我们每个人都在自己的旅程中。在这旅程中的每一天我们都会去探索和寻找自己人生的意义与目的。然而,在这途中,我们也会有许多的问题,例如,“我怎么知道我在走向哪里?”, “谁能领我去那里?” 又或者 “如果我到不了我的目的地,那又怎么办?”  那就让我们在今年的中国组一起来探讨这个话题!中国组致力于为中国留学生及学者们创造安全的氛围来探讨这些我们旅程中的重要问题。

中国组的大部分参与者都是来自中国的留学生以及学者还有热爱中国的美国朋友们。这些人了解你独特的背景。由于大家都有类似的经历,我们可以更好的去相互理解彼此的处境。通过与大家分享去更多地了解和发现自己、别人以及神。

在中文组中,我们也将有机会听到中国讲员的分享,他们在美国以及在中国生活的各样挑战。他们也会和我们分享他们生命中的挣扎,和信仰历程。每天,我们都会有小组讨论,与其他朋友和导师一起分享,一起成长!中国组也是结交朋友的好地方!我们将一起欢笑,创造值得回首的美好记忆!

参与中文组的学生的经历:

  • 在中文组我感觉就好像回到了家。我很感恩我在中文组遇到的朋友把我当成自己的家人。他们不仅帮助我成长也启发了我。
  • 在中文组,我的想法和看世界的角度都改变了。
  • 我开始认识到基督信仰并不只是给西方人的也是给我的。
  • 在中国组,和许多同龄的中国基督徒在一起给了我勇气去继续在校园里为神做工。

 

The Chinese Track

No matter our current location, we are all on a journey. Every day we take steps to find meaning and purpose in life. Yet, we may have questions along the way, such as, “How do I know where I am going?”, “Who will lead me to there?” and “What if I don’t reach my destination?The Chinese Track seeks to provide safe space where international students and scholars of Chinese descent can explore these important issues in their journey.  

In the Chinese Track you will join with Chinese students and scholars (and Americans who love Chinese people) who understand your unique place in the journey. You will meet others who share common stories, share the same culture, and speak the same language. As you journey with them you will learn and experience more about yourself, others, and God.

At the Track we will hear from Chinese speakers who understand the challenges of living in both America and China. They will share the struggles in their personal journey, as well as their journey of knowing God. Each day we will participate in small discussion groups with friends and mentors so we can share and grow together. We hope to create many fun, special and lasting memories!

“It opened my mind and changed the way I look into the world.”

“I feel like home during the track. I am so grateful that people I met during the conference treat me like family and helped and inspired me.”

“During this conference, I start to explore the purpose of my life.”

“I encountered God through this conference.”

“God reminded me again through this conference, my life is a mission for Him.”

Multi-Nations Track

The Multi-Nations track is made up of students & scholars from the mosaic of nations beyond the other conference tracks (e.g. from countries in South & Central America, from all over Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Oceania, etc.).  The participants of the Multi Nation have shared that it is a track of diversity, inclusion & fun!!
We highlight how as people made in God’s image we share many things in common, demonstrate God’s creativity, and all need his redemptive work to heal our brokenness.  We are all together on a journey to know the God who has dissolved our divisions through the love & sacrifice of Jesus.  Every great & meaningful journey is enjoyed most with other people!
“I learned so much about how God works in many nations and languages. I have learned to tell my story and talk to more people.”

“You get to learn more about being a Christian and it is FUN!”

 “I would definitely recommend Multi Nations. It is an amazing experience that can help them know more about God and how to live as a Christian.”

Ambassadors Track

In Ambassadors Track, our hope is to encourage Christian student leaders in their faith and equip them for cross cultural ministry on their campuses. Our students are leaders representing many countries around the world.
We will discuss the challenges and opportunities of leading as a student and of crossing cultures with the life changing message of the Gospel. Through focused training times, deep small group discussions, conference missional assignments, and engaging games, we prepare our leaders to be true ambassadors for Jesus.  Topics will include world view training, how to become transcultural, spiritual growth, and training in using tools for ministry on your campus. Are you ready to step into the great vision that God has for using your life for His glory? Join us.
“It was really inspiring to meet so many Bridges staff at Vision Conference. The things I learned in the Ambassadors track helped me both be equipped to minister and develop a larger vision to reach out to my fellow international students during my time in America.” 

“I enjoyed connecting with other leaders and learning specifics on how to reach out to different cultures.”

 

“I really enjoyed getting to hear other campus’s experiences. It was really encouraging and the discussion times were very beneficial.”

 

“I most benefited from meeting with Bridges staff and receiving encouragement and ideas. This conference was a great encouragement to me.”

South Asian Track

In the South Asia track, we believe that the best conversations take place at the family table. Join our family from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka for 5 days as we dive into new friendships, dance the night away, and discover what it means to encounter God through reading stories of Jesus from the Bible. The laughter will remind you that you’re among friends, but it’s the steaming cup of chai and the mouthful of biryani that will bring you right back home. Trust us, this is a week you don’t want to miss! 

 

“Awesome experience . . . loved it”

 

“It was filled with lots of fun but also with a sense of purpose sharing ideas about God. Such a memorable event for me!”

 

All the sessions were impactful. Some things that I took away was no matter how or what your family does/believes in, it is up to the individual to seek truth and be true to yourself in front of any kind of audience…Be humble and always honor your family for who they are. Be kind and understand what God has to tell you as he will draw you closer. Be open and tackle any kind of hardships through asking questions and understanding the fundamentals.”