February 23, 2018 : By Tobi Walsh-Laukaitis - Liberty University News Service
Liberty University students and twins Megan and Morgan McClure not only share the same DNA, but the sisters also share the same passion for global missions.
Last July, the sisters, who are juniors at Liberty, took a step of faith to follow the desires God placed on each of their hearts. During their teenage years, they both felt a strong desire to pursue missions. When they came to Liberty, God began to open doors for them — one of those was during Global Focus Week in 2016. (This special week is held each semester at Liberty and is aimed at raising global awareness among students, faculty, and staff through events, guest speakers, and visits from ministry representatives. Liberty rounded up the week on Friday; read a full recap.)
The McClures met with representatives with Impact Youth Worldwide, the worldwide camp ministry of the Rawlings Foundation. The following summer, the two worked at international camps while on trips with LU Send, the university’s travel office. Megan taught English in Cambodia and Morgan worked with refugees and military families in Belgium.
It was the longest time the two had spent apart.
“That’s a whole different level of being separated from everything you know, especially when you’re not only leaving your home country, but the person you know the most,” Morgan said.
Through the opportunities available to them at Global Focus Week, the twins said they learned how they could take their degrees global.
“Global Focus Week is my favorite week of the semester,” said Megan, who is pursuing a degree in teaching English as a second language. “I know God moved in my life through it. I love that Liberty takes a week to give us a wider (perspective) of our future that we’re all trying to plan for by helping us think in a direction we weren’t before.”
Morgan, who is studying social work, said her time in Belgium confirmed her calling.
“I’ve always wanted to help those in need and the hurting,” she said. “Social work is being the hands and feet of Jesus.”
In Cambodia, Megan helped students practice their English skills at the Rawlings Bible College. She also worked with the drama team and participated in outreach opportunities in different villages and schools.
“God taught me so much about what He is doing in the world,” she said. “He’s been working in Cambodia long before I got there, and He is still working there long after I left.”
Both students are grateful that Liberty offers opportunities for students to expand their experiences beyond Lynchburg to reach others with the Gospel.
“God is a global God and His church is a global church,” Megan said. “Christianity isn’t just for the Western world. It’s not for just Americans, it’s for everyone.”
“I think it’s so important to have a global mindset. We aren’t the only ones on the globe,” Morgan added. “We’re meant to engage with our brothers and sisters around the world and go out to others who don’t know Christ.”
The sisters both desire to return to Belgium and Cambodia, but are excited to see what God has in store for them after graduation.
“Having someone who has those same desires (to do missions) who is also my identical twin, is a different kind of bonding experience,” Morgan said. “I’m blown away by what God has done in our lives and how He’s written the same desires on our hearts.”