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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-12-Tenenbaum.jpgWaynesburg University information technology alumnus Alexander Tenenbaum was recently notified that his research paper, “The Role of Technology in Missions,” has been selected for presentation this summer at the 2016 International Conference on Computing and Mission (ICCM) at Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Tenenbaum’s research paper was the result of his senior project at Waynesburg, in which he studied how technologies impact missionaries. He surveyed various missionaries from across the world to investigate how technology aids in their mission work.

“My goal for this project was to learn more about how technology impacts the daily lives of missionaries from across the world,” said Tenenbaum. “Ultimately, technology is never an end in itself, but a means to help proclaim the Gospel across the world.”

Tenenbaum’s research included information from missionaries in developing countries such as Papua New Guinea, Italy, the Netherlands and Kenya. He spent time learning about each mission, their culture and how technology is integrated with their ministry. His paper highlighted newer technologies that help with missions, such as language translation and medicine.

“Alex carefully analyzed the survey responses and came up with many good findings,” said Dr. Elizabeth Wang, associate professor of computer science at Waynesburg University. “I found his topic very interesting and thought it was a great idea to connect computer technologies with missions.”

Wang assisted Tenebaum with his Institutional Review Board application for Waynesburg University and guided him in producing the project into a publishable paper.

“Alexander graduated with departmental honor and is a good student and strong Christian,” said Wang. “I am proud that he will use the computer science knowledge that he learned at Waynesburg to serve people and glorify God in mission fields.”

Wang will present the paper on Tenenbaum’s behalf because he will be on an overseas trip during the conference.

Tenenbaum graduated from Waynesburg University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in information technology.  He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in missiology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The ICCM is an annual gathering of scholars who are interested in both computers and missions. The conference aims to promote effective use of technologies in mission fields.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

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As an information technology intern for the summer of 2013, one could reasonably expect Alexander Tenenbaum to sit behind a computer all day, troubleshooting issues and programming for clients. But the junior information technology major, known for his resourcefulness, faithfulness and perseverance, strategically secured an internship that perfectly blended not one, but two of his greatest passions.

Looking for an experience that would advance him both professionally and spiritually, Tenenbaum signed on with the Campus Crusade for Christ ministry in Boston, Mass. There, he completed information technology work and evangelized to college campuses including MIT, University of Massachusetts Boston and Northeastern University.

“Including me, there were eight interns from all across the country. On the Crusade team, we each had a ‘day job’ as well as a special assignment. Mine was spiritual development,” Tenenbaum said. “I helped to prepare and host bible studies for the interns.”

Through the many challenges of living with strangers, away from home and in a new city, Tenenbaum persevered so that he could learn more about his career field and spread God’s word in the process.

“It is so important to be Christ-like to people,” Tenenbaum said. “Visible actions like fixing houses and feeding the homeless are important but temporary. The houses will eventually need fixed again and the homeless will need fed again. Meanwhile, our spiritual interactions with them impacts eternity.” 

Tenenbaum said he felt prepared to host such interactions thanks to his participation in a prayer group at Waynesburg University and through his public speaking experiences and sociology classes. Working at the University’s Help Desk in information technology between classes made him stand out when applying to the internship program.

“My sociology classes have really helped me to understand why people of different religions and cultures believe the things that they do,” Tenenbaum said. “Waynesburg University has taught me to be more confident in my beliefs and to trust the Lord above all else.”

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