Reasons to Believe

Report from The Lab 2015

Throughout this year’s Reasons newsletters we have been encouraging parents to engage with their sons and daughters in an exploration of God’s world to build an appreciation for the study of creation. What can parents do when their bug-loving preschooler grows into a serious science student?

In an effort to partner with parents, RTB launched The Lab this past summer, a mentoring program for students preparing for careers in the sciences, mathematics, engineering, or medical research. RTB scholars Jeff Zweerink and Katie Galloway—plus Hugh Ross and Anjeanette Roberts—spent three days emboldening high school and college students to integrate their faith with their future career, while also encouraging attendees to become missionaries within their eventual professions. Attendees enjoyed group discussions on being a Christian research scientist, understanding scientific discoveries, and addressing science-faith questions. Programming included breakout sessions to address particular fields, as well as a visit to Griffith Observatory.

For many students, connecting with new friends who shared similar passions was a highlight. One student said the time was “enjoyable, necessary, and enlightening.” Another reported The Lab as being pivotal to saving his teetering faith. A third student described the event’s impact this way: God’s creation is a beautiful thing and the most interesting part about it is that He wants us to explore and find out more about it. I loved the reference to [doubting] Thomas because God did show him the truth, when he asked to be shown.

Parents participated in separate sessions where they learned how to support their child’s educational journey and foster their questions. One mother shared, “The advice Dr. Ross and Dr. Zweerink gave about choosing schools . . . was interesting and encouraging.” She also “appreciated advice on how to prepare the students to maintain their spiritual life upon entering college.”

We plan to make The Lab a regular event and, through it, we hope to connect with more youth who will then influence the future. Plans for The Lab 2016 (July 14–16) are already underway. Visit reasons.org/thelab for more information and to apply.