On our immersions, we don’t just attend to those who are disadvantaged, we attend to those who are refused a life of dignity and fulfilment. We attend to those who are on the margins of the marginalised. The Dalit communities in Nepal and India, the Karen in Thailand, the Tamil in Sri Lanka, the disabled in Vietnam, the list goes on. We provide immersions so that these people have an opportunity to be seen and to be known by people they would believe do not care about them.
At the heart of human experience is connection; the establishment of love and trust mutually between two people. An immersion provides an opportunity to develop relationships in circumstances you have never encountered before and in doing so, enrich your ability to understand what it means to connect, to love and to serve.
The reason immersions are done in big groups is so they can become a basis for a community of leaders. We will learn to connect and to be vulnerable and raw. In doing so, we will learn to trust each other and work together to push through difficult circumstances. As a result, you will return home with a renewed ability to drive others to action. You will gain an awareness of the potential we have for change, and, amongst this community of young people who share the same aims and goals, you will have a means for such change.
This final point validates the other points, it is in finding Christ that we are able to do all of these things and by doing all of these things we find Christ. We are unapologetically a religious organisation, but regardless of that, an immersion results in a deeply meaningful encounter with spirituality; of those most inner desires and hopes that guide you. These immersions are a chance to dwell on that encounter, mull it over and discern what it means for you.