This May, Jacob Lanferman of Oral Roberts University travelled to India to participate in the Au Sable class titled "Conservation and Development in the Indian Tropics." The class is designed for students interested in the work of reconciling biodiversity conservation and livelihood development. The course description asks the question: How can we be faithful Christians and address both human needs and environmental conservation?
Jake shared the following brief summary of his time in India and some of the photos he took while in the country. You can follow Jake on Instagram at @JLLostboy.
“While in India we had so many incredible learning opportunities. We immersed ourselves in the cultures of three different Indian states. We spoke to local fishermen about aquaculture. We toured tea and coffee plantations in the mountains. We visited a UNESCO world heritage site closed to tourists. We worshiped at local churches and had meals in peoples homes. We stayed on a bird sanctuary and a tiger reserve. We learned about human elephant conflict from tribal people. We spent time at a Christian conservation and community development nonprofit called A Rocha. We met with forestry department officials, anti poaching units, and National Geographic fellows. We had lectures from some of India’s top professors and researchers. This time in India was definitely life changing and really confirmed a lot of callings the Lord has placed on my life."