More than 130 Southwest Baptist University students have been accepted for the upcoming missions projects announced during Global Connections Week April 7-11.
During the chapel service on Monday, April 7, CGC staff and team leaders introduced the mission project opportunities for January 2015 including 12 trips and two ongoing local community projects.
“We are thankful to be a part of an institution that promotes missions,” said Kurt Caddy, director of university ministries, as he opened the chapel service.
Ongoing local projects include Disciple Now and Polk County Good News Club. Disciple Now is a series of ministry events on weekends at local churches working with youth. SBU teams lead the weekend events and work with the youth in small group and one-on-one situations. The Good News Club is an after-school program for first- and second-grade students in Bolivar. SBU students lead the kids in Bible story activities, Scripture memorization, songs, games and more.
The following trip opportunities will be offered during SBU’s Winterfest break:
- Alaska – An all-female team will help coordinate a conference for Eskimo women living in the bush villages near Nome.
- Central Asia – The team will host English clubs and Christmas and New Year’s themed events.
- Ethiopia – A partnership with an Ethiopian church will provide opportunities to work with Ellitia Women at Risk to provide a rehabilitation project in a refuge center.
- Georgia – This mission will be a combination of ministry including VBS, park ministry, prayer walking and relational evangelism to reach immigrant families.
- Guatemala – SBU continues a long-standing partnership with Casa Bernabe orphanage in Guatemala City and will assist that ministry with various projects.
- Houston – This project allows for various ministry opportunities in inner-city Houston, Texas, including children’s activities, assisting a food pantry and helping set-up for a missions expo.
- Jordan – This team will specifically minister to Syrian refugees in Jordan through a community development and relief platform.
- Middle East – Adventure tourism is the platform for this group to minister to Muslims and will open doors to opportunities to share testimonies and have conversations.
- Philippines – For the eighth year, SBU will send a group to assist church planters in the Philippines by teaching English on a college campus, leading recreational activities and strengthening partnerships with local churches.
- Senegal – This team will work alongside missionaries to reach the Sereer people by prayer walking, street evangelism and spending time in the homes of local people.
- Thailand – This is a new partnership that will offer a variety of ministry possibilities including working at an orphanage, ministering to the hill tribe people, prayer walking and encouraging the missionaries in their work and ministry.
- Zambia – The SBU Enactus team has formed a partnership with New Day Orphanage in Zambia and will lead a group of SBU students with the goal of constructing a new dorm for the orphanage as well as continuing their work in improving the financial and business operations.
After the chapel service, students could begin signing up to interview for any of these CGC projects. For the first time, students can now apply for a CGC project online.
“It’s an exciting time when students think, ‘How can the Lord use me?’” said Diana Gallamore, director of the Center for Global Connections, during the chapel service.
SBU students learn about upcoming mission project opportunities during the Center for Global Connections Global Fest, April 8.
The evening of Tuesday, April 8, featured a Global Fest in the student union, which provided an opportunity for students to learn more about the upcoming CGC projects. Team leaders had tables set up with pictures and information about each project. Many booths also had ethnic food from their destination for students to sample.
Chapel on Wednesday, April 9, featured guest speaker Mike Lopp ’84, and SBU alum and pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Reedsburg, Wis. Lopp challenged SBU students to consider where God would want them to go. He shared from his experiences as an SBU student and how he followed God’s calling to serve where he was needed.
According to Lopp, missions is a vital part of a Christian education, which is why he is so thankful for institutions such as SBU that emphasize missions. Both of his daughters have participated in SBU mission trips.
Lopp read from 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 using the example of the apostle Paul to illustrate key components of missions. According to Lopp, advancing God’s Kingdom requires risking courageously, investing lovingly and laboring diligently. And like the apostle Paul funded his missions endeavors through his tent-making skills, Lopp encouraged SBU students to consider how they can use their skills to promote the Gospel.
“Beyond short-term missions, if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are already recruited into a long-term missions endeavor,” Lopp said. “God has plans for you; you just may not know about them yet. You need to prepare yourself to make a living anywhere in the world and use that as a platform for advancing the Gospel.”
Lopp concluded his message with this challenge to the SBU student body: “Surrender not only time, money and opportunity for short-term missions but surrender your whole life to missions regardless of how you make your money. Don’t limit where God sends you by limiting your preparation.”
For more information, please contact the CGC Office at (417) 328-1900.