Monday, February 27, 2012

Missions Week

Missions Week is an annual event that highlights Gordon's strong global missions history. The week includes two chapel services, three evening dialogue sessions and daily access to representatives from various missions boards. This year we will have 11 visiting organizations representing mission outreaches such as church planting, sustainable agriculture and ministry to the urban poor. Today and Wednesday we welcome to our sanctuary guest speaker Libby Little of Interserve, who will speak on "For Love of Neighbor."

"We're excited to have Libby Little as our speaker this  year for missions week," said Dean of Chapel Greg Carmer. "Through 35 years of faithful ministry in Afghanistan, Libby and her husband, Tom, were wonderful examples of incarnational ministry, serving  through medical care, hospitality, and education. Their lives have been great models of living out the Gospel for the sake of our neighbors--even those on the other side of the world.

Also this week, the Lane Student Center will host many visiting missions organizations, so be sure to stop by their tables and welcome them to our campus. "We hope these three days are rich and meaningful for the community," said Megan Wigton, administrative assistant for the Chapel Office. Ensuring students have exposure to a diverse range of missions organizations over a student's four-year experience is key to each year's scheduled planning. "The week should demonstrate a variety of examples of faithful service to global missions."

This year's visting global missions include:
African Inland Mission
Asian Rural Institute
Center for Student Missions (CSM)
InnerCHANGE
International Teams
Kupenda for the Children
Pioneers
Send International
Serving in Mission (SIM)
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Youth Works

Many of these global missions representatives will also join classes this week to talk with students about how the work their doing impacts the topics they are studying. Over ten courses this week will bennefit from these personal reflections.
View the schedule online.

Photo: Heather (Smith) Kopri, senior admissions counselor in the Gordon College Admissions Office, during her month-long mission trip to Nepal.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

What does it take to be invited to "Missions Week" for Gordon? As a Gordon grad, I would have loved to come representing the ministry I'm a missionary with - Children of the Nations (COTN).

I was invited 3 years ago and came for the week to enjoy this special event with Gordon students. I would love to be included in the future if possible - so as to invite students to join us in mission trips, internships, and more.

Please contact me - Jeff Lander, COTN-USA Venture Director

jefflander@cotni.org or 360-698-7227 x 1039

Cyndi McMahon said...

Greg Carmer, Dean of Chapel, runs “Go Week” –our annual missions emphasis week. I have emailed him with your question so that he can be in touch with you about the possibility of representing Children of the Nations at next year’s event (February 2013). Thanks for getting in touch with us. In case you have further questions, you can contact the Chapel Office directly at 978-867-4213 as well.