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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is upon us once again. Every year it seems to come around more quickly than the year before. Like many of you, I will gather around the table with my friends and family, enjoying good food and fellowship.
As a family, per our tradition, we will take time to go around the table and share what we are thankful for.
However, it is often during this sharing time that my mind turns to those that may not be having any Thanksgiving. For some families, putting food on the table every day is a struggle, much less a whole Thanksgiving meal. For some families, there is no table to set the meal on. Work has become scarce and money for bills is in short supply, leaving families in need of much more than just turkey.
So my question is; how can we help serve those in our community that need the love and support of another? Over the last year we have heard from many of you that have chosen to serve your communities in some great ways. You have taken the initiative to become the hands of feet of Christ. Early in the year we shared the story of Karen - an online student that is using her time, talents and skills to serve the residents of a local nursing home.
Other online students are participating in food drives, toy drives, bell ringing, soup kitchens, thrift stores, nursing homes and hospitals. You are choosing to make a difference in your community, and in turn, impacting your part of the world for Christ. Thank you for what you do to serve the body of Christ at large.
If you need any further resources or ideas where you can make a difference and serve, visit the Online Communities Serving Resource Page. There you will find links to locate a food bank, church, hospital, homeless shelter or other serving resource in your area.
We would love to hear about your serving opportunities - we may even pick your story to feature on an Online Communities Blog one week. Feel free to leave a comment below or email us your story.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. Matthew 25:35Posted at 10:53 AM | Comments (0) | Permalink
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving and the Christmas are just around the corner. Here on campus the wreaths are being hung and the trees along University Boulevard have been wrapped with lights.
For many, the holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends. A time to slow down. A time to eat lots of turkey. A time to give and receive gifts.
For many though, the holidays can also hold the sting of loneliness, grief or regret. I wrote more about this in a recent Encouragement Blog Post titled "When the Holidays Are Tough".
If you are going through a tough time we want to share some helpful counseling resources available to you, our Online Students. While not specific to just the holidays, these resources do offer helps in several areas:
No matter what you are facing, we want you to know that we care.
If you have a prayer need, our Campus Pastors are available to pray with you. You can submit your prayer request HERE.
Maybe the holidays are not a struggle for you but you know of someone facing a difficult holiday season this year. We encourage you to step out and encourage them. Maybe invite them over for a meal or a hot cup of coffee. You never know the need you are meeting in their life today.
"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work." - 2 Corinthians 9:8
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
This past week I sat down with Rhonda Annamunthodo - Assistant Director of the Liberty University Card Services Office - to talk about how they serve our online student population.
Did you know that as a Liberty Online Student you can have your college ID (Flames Pass) card issued and sent to your home? Having a college ID card comes with numerous benefits, not only on campus but also off campus and possibly in your own home town.
Here are some great reasons to get your Liberty University Student ID (Flames Pass) card:
So you may ask: How do I go about getting my Flames Student ID card?
It's as easy as 1,2,3. Simply follow the guidelines for submitting a photo to the Liberty Card Center office, and once approved, your Flames Pass will be mailed to your home address.
If you have any questions about your Flames Pass you can contact the Card Service Office HERE.
If you are on campus, feel free to stop by the Card office:
They are open during the following hours:
Do you have your Flames Pass? If so, how have you used it as a Liberty Online Student? Leave a comment below.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014
This week, on our Discover Blog, we are focusing on the Office of Military Affairs. Last week I sat down with Emily Foutz, director of the Office of Military Affairs, to find out how her department works to support our student service men and women.
"Liberty University has a long history of supporting student veterans. Before most schools thought it was necessary to support military students, Liberty University created the Office of Military Affairs to guide students on the issues facing service members and veterans."
The Office of Military Affairs supports military students in the following ways:
This week on campus, Liberty University is hosting its annual Military Emphasis Week (November 3-8). There are many activities planned to honor and recognize our service men and women, both past and present. To read more about what is planned for this military emphasis week you can find the details here.
We appreciate the sacrifice and dedication our men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces give to ensure the freedoms that we enjoy each and every day. I encourage you to take a moment to show your appreciation in some way to these brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day for our freedom.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
This week on our Discover Liberty Blog we want to bring our focus to The Center for Global Engagement. Throughout our lifetime we will encounter many people and many different cultures, sometimes simply from walking out our own front door. Other times, engaging with other cultures, may mean traveling beyond our own communities to a broader world.
So who is The Center for Global Engagement and how can you, as an online student, benefit and get involved? Well, first some introduction.
What is “The Center for Global Engagement?”:
"The Center for Global Engagement exists to foster a global perspective within the Liberty University community that reflects God’s love for all nations and produces involvement throughout the world. This is accomplished through academic programs, cross-cultural internships, short-term teams and a variety of other resources and mentorship opportunities."
Currently global service trips are not available to the majority of our online students (unless you live locally to the Lynchburg area.) However, there are others ways to be involved and connect through the global engagement office to the need beyond your own front door.
Global Focus Week: Global Focus Week (GFW) is a semi-annual conference aimed at raising global awareness among the Liberty University students, faculty and staff. The conference offers students the opportunity to hear globally influential guest speakers in Convocation, connect with cross-cultural workers at an expo of organizations involved in diverse international endeavors, and participate in interactive cultural learning break-out sessions.
The next upcoming global focus week will be held February 9-13, 2015
Loan Repayment Program - The Loan Repayment program is a debt repayment opportunity of $30,000 per individual. Liberty undergraduate and/or graduate alumni who are US citizens serving outside of the United States will be considered for this new program if they meet all criteria for eligibility.
If you are a Liberty alumni and currently serving outside the United States check out the information here to see if you are eligible for the Loan Repayment Program.
Global Studies Major and Minors - The Global Studies program is designed to produce Christ-centered leaders with the values, knowledge and intercultural skills required to excel as individuals in their communities, lead as professionals in their fields, and serve as followers of Christ in the global context of the 21st century. Students majoring in Global Studies will develop the skills necessary for effective cross-cultural engagement. This program prepares graduates to: communicate across cultures, cultivate healthy intercultural relationships, develop careers in both local and global settings, and understand the particular dynamics associated with living and working in an international context. Students receive thorough training in Cultural Intelligence® which is sought by many leading multi-national corporations and non-profit organizations. After extensive preparation through diverse courses, students apply what they have learned during a semester abroad Global Internship Experience.
How do you think globally? We love to hear from you. Feel free to leave a comment below.
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