The COVID-19 pandemic measures and its effect on human lives have led many to stay at home. This has created both opportunities and challenges for many churches, schools and other entities. The uncertainty of not knowing when to open school and how to reach out to students in remote areas of the country was and is still a challenge. However, for those who are taking online classes, this was a big opportunity to continue their studies while staying at home.
We, both the AMBS and MK College, are very happy with the good turnout of students which total 19 this year.
In addition to the online MA applicants there are several who have been accepted to join the AMBS student body in Elkhart. Indiana.
Our Master of Arts in Theology and Global Anabaptism (MATGA) program includes two summer intensive in residence courses. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the teachers could not come. However, Dr. James Krabill of AMBS gave one online summer course.
In giving their feedback, students admired the patience and wonderful guidance provided by the AMBS teachers. Especially, they appreciated their providing a Teacher’s Assistant, Henok Mekonnin, a graduating student in Elkhart, who was very helpful in follow-up, posting course assignments, answering questions, and chatting with the students through the online media.
In future we plan to recruit more students to join the online MA program helping former graduates to upgrade their professional development.
I would like to thank all who have made this program a success. If you would like to share your ideas on how to upgrade our MA program, please feel free. — Emebet Mekonnen, Dr., MA Coordinator and Acting Academic Dean