Course description:

(3 credit hours) This is a practical course that introduces students to basic engineering techniques focused on the conservation and development of resources that help address human needs and improve the quality of life in developing communities. The course is directed to students preparing to serve in developing areas who will likely face issues such as clean water, sanitation, energy, shelter and other appropriate technologies. A range of topics will be considered including, but not limited to: proper use of hand tools, operating small machinery, basic auto maintenance, basic construction skills, bicycle power, well drilling, water pumps, water purification, irrigation systems and sanitation. Laboratory and fieldwork are required.

Course description:

(2 credit hours). This is an applied study in the theory and practice of planning and preparing a balanced diet. The course includes such skills as menu planning, alternative cooking devices, food preparation and preservation with a focus on stewardship of the world’s resources for improved health in developing communities. Laboratory and fieldwork are required.

Course description:

(3 credit hours) This course will equip students with practices and principles that lead toward sustained food production. Emphasis will be on gardening and farming in tropical and semi-tropical climates in the context of smallholder agriculture. A hands-on lab practicum of planning and growing a garden will be included in the course.

Course description:

(3 credit hours) This course provides the student with practical insights necessary for proclaiming the Gospel and functioning more effectively in a cross-cultural setting. Topics considered include: understanding the communication process, special dynamics in communication across cultural barriers, appreciating cultural differences, coping with culture shock, the task of bonding, the challenge of language learning, the Gospel and community development, and foundational elements of Christian community development. This course is directed to students preparing to serve cross-culturally as missionaries or as leaders in development work. Students also develop a hands-on semester project that complements vocational goals under the direction of an adviser.

Course description:

(2 credit hours) This course deals with health issues, practices, and education for students who will be living in a developing area. Students will be presented with an overview of common health issues that are typically faced in developing areas including malnutrition, tropical diseases, skin issues, childbirth and first aid. Laboratory and fieldwork are required.

Course description:

(3 credit hours) This is an applied course in the theory and practice of raising animals for consumption and marketing in developing communities of the world. Course work covers the breeding, nurturing, and management techniques for small animals including goats, poultry, rabbits, fish and other species. Laboratory and fieldwork are required.

Course description:

(2 credit hours) This course is designed to offer a practical experience in spiritual formation for students preparing for cross-cultural service. A variety of Christian spiritual disciplines are introduced and integrated into personal and community life. Other aspects of this course include the practical application of leadership and organizational skills. Topics discussed include spiritual disciplines, culture stress and culture shock, coping mechanisms, conflict resolution, working in teams, and overall spiritual health. During the third phase of the h.e.a.r.t. program, students will use this class to work as a community to plan and lead the h.e.a.r.t. village in all aspects of village life.

BOOK LIST

Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks. You can bring them with you or have them shipped directly to the village. The textbook for the Appropriate Technology course is included in your tuition and will be provided by h.e.a.r.t.
Click here for a printable book list.

Friendship at the Margins

by Christopher L. Heuertz & Christine D. Pohl

Introducing World Missions, A Biblical , Historical and Practical Survey

by A. Scott Moreau, Gary R. Corwin and Gary B. McGee

Raising Healthy POULTRY, 4th edition

by Christian Veterinary Mission

Raising Healthy GOATS, Third Edition

by Christian Veterinary Mission

Raising Healthy RABBITS, Revised Edition

by Christian Veterinary Mission

Where There is No Doctor, A Village Health Care Handbook

by David Werner with Carol Thuman and Jane Maxwell

More-With-Less Cookbook, Updated Edition

by Doris Janzen Longacre

Agricultural Options for Small-Scale Farmers “A handbook for those who serve them.”

Edited by: Dr. N. Motis and Dawn R. Berkelaar

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