This week, we have shared stories of SBU alumni who are living out the university’s mission to be servant leaders in a global society. This story originally appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of SBU Life magazine. To read recent issues of SBU Life, please visit http://www.sbuniv.edu/Alumni/SBULife/index.html.
Jason ’95, ’97 and Dorothea ’97 (McGlaughlin) Lee
Jason: B.S. in History and Political Science, M.S. in Education
Dorothea: B.M. in Church Music
By Charlotte Highsmith Marsch ’97
With hearts for ministry and a call to international missions, Jason and Dorothea Lee’s ministry has taken hold in Africa. Currently in Kenya, where they have been since 2012, the Lees previously served in Senegal, West Africa.
Jason and Dorothea met at SBU, and after they both graduated in 1997, they headed to Fort Worth, Texas, where Jason taught and coached in area school districts while Dorothea completed a master of music degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. They served in ministry positions — Jason as youth minister and Dorothea as minister of music — at First Baptist Church, Highlands, Texas, before moving overseas, where they are fulfilling God’s call on their lives and raising their three children: Janet, 16; Jacqueline, 15; and Jacob, 10.
“Using music as a strategy for church planting, I help Africans determine what music can be redeemed from the culture and used in the church for worship, discipleship and evangelism,” Dorothea said. “I do this by hosting songwriting workshops. National musicians study certain scripture passages and then create new songs based on their own rhythms, melodies, dances that are based on that scripture.”
Jason is teaching in Nairobi at Rosslyn Academy, a Christian international school with students from more than 60 countries. Though it was originally started as a school for missionary kids, it now hosts students from all over the world from nearly every religious background.
“It is an exciting ministry opportunity for teachers who wish to freely incorporate their faith in Christ with students who may very well only hear the Gospel while living in Kenya,” Dorothea said.
International mission trips and revival teams had the greatest impact on her life, Dorothea said, teaching her about the sacrifice of time and finances for serving the Lord. God began opening her heart to missions after a trip to China with the SBU Chorale in 1994.
“It was during a Chorale tour that God called me to international missions,” she said. “Surrounded by students who were following Christ and professors who both taught and lived out the lordship of Christ, SBU was the ideal place for me to begin to take hold of my own faith. I look at what many of my college mates are doing now and see that SBU was foundational — even essential — in laying the groundwork for those basic habits of discipline and service to Christ.”
Jason said he learned servant leadership through service and leadership opportunities such as serving in Student Government Association, leading a Bible study and being a resident assistant in a residence hall.
“All of those opportunities helped me develop a servant heart and a desire to live out a lifestyle that honors God,” he said. “SBU is full of people who live a servant lifestyle as an example for students to follow.”
The opportunity that changed his life forever, though, was international trips.
“Growing up in a small Texas town, my worldview was limited and definitely didn’t include a heart for the nations,” he said. “SBU University Missions was the catalyst that allowed me to dream what God could do if I allow him to lead me.”
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