April 3, 2008 : Ana Brooks
Liberty University is a school that is very involved in missions. Whether it is praying for the Shaik people of India, raising money for students to go on short term mission trips, or spending a semester abroad as a missionary, Liberty is in full support for reaching the world. One of the greatest ways Liberty displays its longing to reach the world with the Gospel is by providing short term mission trips for students and faculty.
Light Ministries is the missions department at LU, and each year the department provides several trips for students to participate in. For the 2007-2008 school year Liberty has hosted eleven trips to at least four continents which include South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
The process for going on a mission trip with LU is quite simple. Light Ministries holds an informational meeting in the fall which promotes the upcoming trips to the students in attendance. Once students decide where they want to go, they can retrieve an application online or at the Light Ministries office. Once it is verified that a student has been accepted to the team, they begin raising support and attending meetings about the trip. (The costs for the trips this year ranged from $2,100-$3,300.) The individual teams meet weekly to discuss the trip and learn more about the culture and the basics of going on a short term trip. Going on short term mission trips provides students with the opportunity to not only minister to people who have never heard the Gospel, but also to give them the opportunity to experience another culture. For more information about short term mission trips at Liberty visit www.liberty.edu/missions.