Oct 21, 2008

Cultivating passion for missions

by Danielle Jacobs

The Center for Global Ministries launched its annual Missions Emphasis Week (MEW) Sunday to increase awareness about the need for missionaries and to give students the chance to participate.

This year’s MEW theme, “Rescue,” emphasizes the chance to be involved in missions and show compassion to people in need. Throughout the week, students can learn about the importance of missions and ways they can get involved.

“Missions Emphasis Week is not just for missions majors,” said Lindsay Taylor, missions conference director. “Students can take advantage of the daily seminars on topics such as disaster relief and humanitarian aid, as well as ways they can use their major in missions.”

Carrie McDonnall, the founder of Carry On Ministries, Inc., spoke to students during convocation on Monday about her experiences as a relief worker in Iraq, specifically about the loss of her husband and the faith that sustained her through the hard times. McDonnall now shares her story around the world.

Jim O’Neill is scheduled to speak in convocation on Wednesday about his experiences in the Philippines and as president of the missions agency CrossWorld. O’Neill served as the director of the missions department at Liberty after returning from the Philippines.
Students also have the opportunity to participate outside of convocation. A variety of seminars will be held Tuesday evening. The topics range from serving with a family on the mission field to using any major in missions. Booths are also set up in the back hallway of DeMoss during the week to give students the opportunity to meet with representatives from numerous missions organizations. Students can sign up to get more information as well as eat lunch with missionaries and hear their stories.

“The Center for Global Ministries would like for students to come away from Missions Emphasis Week with a greater understanding of the part the Lord wants them to play in global evangelization,” Taylor said. “It is up to believers to make sure every human being has the opportunity to hear the gospel.”

Many opportunities are available through the Center for Global Ministries for students to reach out to the world. Students can travel overseas on a short term mission trip, help lead a trip for high school students through Xtreme Impact or apply their majors to missions by studying abroad.

For more information on seminars, representatives and trips, visit the Center for Global Ministries Web page at www.luglobal.com.

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