March 22, 2017
Global Focus Week (GFW) is a semi-annual event at Liberty University that aims to increase global understanding among the student body. There are so many different Christian organizations around the world that come to Liberty University during GFW to educate students on what God is doing around the world and offer opportunities for students to get involved in their ministry. The LU Serve International department at Liberty organizes several events throughout the week for students to hear from guest speakers and experience different cultures. Some of the events that I attended this week are “The March of the Nations” Convocation, Experience Israel, South East Asia culture exposure, and the Hunger Banquet.
The March of the Nations Convocation is a great start to all the other events that take place throughout Global Focus Week. During Convocation, students walk around with flags representing their country of origin while Campus Collective lead the student body in songs of worship. Students love watching classmates represent their country because they are reminded of the work that God is doing around the world.
If students want to learn more about cultures around the world, they can attend the events hosted by LU Serve International. At Experience Israel, students heard stories about the Holy Land and took part in Israeli folk dancing. A representative from the Israeli Feks martial arts organization gathered the students together and taught self-defense moves. A fellow Liberty student shares her testimony while classmates enjoy Israeli cookies and tea. Later in the week, at the Southeast Asia culture exposure event, there were samples of Ma-Po Tofu, which is fried tofu and ground pork with seasonings, and sencha green tea all prepared by Liberty’s campus dining services, Sodexo. The students who attended these events were happy to walk away knowing more about the culture than they did before.
At the end of the week, LU Serve International prepared a hunger banquet with guest speaker, Kate Thorton, the director of hunger and sustainability at the Hunger Solutions Institute. She spoke about the reality of global hunger and encouraged students to make a positive impact in their communities and around the world. There was so much to learn at the Hunger Banquet and all of the other events that occurred throughout the week. Global Focus Week is full of fun, experiential, and informative events, and whether or not students are interested in working globally, everyone can enjoy these events with a greater understanding of the work that God is doing in different parts of the world.
Tea with fresh mint was served with the cookies!
Many students enjoyed the Southeast Asia Exposure event!
Interdisciplinary Studies: Studio Art and Psychology