I've been in Christian Youth ministry for the last ten years and in Seminary training for another five years, from cities like New Delhi in India to Chiang Mai in Thailand to my hometown in Nagaland, India. For me, the combination of being able to pursue theological academic training and integrate that in creative ways of working among teenagers and young adults is an interesting one. One can find Biblical themes and meaning in a Green Day song, or a High School Musical, and I love this combination of the arts, literature or politics in the secular and pursing theological doctrinal study. The realm of the praxis and theory is something which I will hope to seek for the rest of my life. Learning is a lifelong process, we never stop learning, and we never stop working.
Why The Netherlands?
I am interested in Abraham Kuyper's theology and hope that I will be able to learn Dutch as well and be able to read his writings someday, without always reading the translated versions.
I visited here in the winter of 2018 and loved the historic city. I am from a small town, from a small state in the borders of India, and any other bigger city or country would have overwhelmed me, but Nijmegen is perfect. I love the city vibes here so much, and it resonates with the logo of the city, "old city, young vibes." Also, the fact that I got admitted at RU and got scholarship made a huge difference. And Radboud had the perfect academic program which resonated in my area of interest, so that was a huge boost as well. A Trinitarian combination I should say, the city, the scholarship and the program.