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Learning Arabic prepares Goshen students for semester in Egypt

As a group of 19 Goshen College students prepared to depart for a semester of study and service in Egypt on Sept. 2 -- the first time the college has sent a group to the Middle East -- President Jim Brenneman offered them words of encouragement: "This is a historic moment. A little over two years ago we had this dream that one day Goshen College students would be able to bridge that great divide between ... the Muslim and the Christian worlds. ... It's an opportunity of a lifetime for you all," he said. "As-salaamu Aleikum (Peace be unto you)." After a second, the group of students replied, "Wa-Aleikum As-salaam (And unto you, peace)."