Students Gain A Global Perspective During Mission Emphasis Week

Oct. 10, 2003

by Amanda Lewis, Student Newswriter

Baptist Student Ministries will sponsor Mission Emphasis Week Oct. 12-16 to encourage student involvement in spreading God's message to people around the world through informational seminars, discussions and fellowship.

More than 30 missionaries and agency representatives will be available during the Mission Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday in the Bill Daniel Student Center. Representatives will share their experiences in the mission field with Baylor students and answer any questions they may have about mission work.

Special events will take place throughout the week, beginning with a prayer breakfast at 7 a.m. Monday in the Bobo Baptist Student Center. Steve Graves, Baylor's director of missions, will introduce three missionaries who will speak to students about how God has developed their spiritual gifts and worked through them to spread His message throughout the world in Chapel at 10 and 11 a.m. Monday in Waco Hall. CommonPlace, a weekly worship service for Baylor students, will showcase missions from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Monday in the Baptist Student Center. Dr. Tom Avery will lead the praise band and Baylor Religious Hour Choir in international tribal music, and a guest speaker will discuss their personal experiences and other mission possibilities.

Truett Seminary students and faculty will gather from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday for a luncheon, featuring an open panel discussion with missionaries. BSM will also host a Royal Ambassadors/Girls in Action Rally to introduce elementary-age students to the concept of mission work from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Baptist Student Center. The children will learn about other cultures through songs, crafts and other activities led by various missionaries.

On Wednesday during Chapel, Truett professor Mike Stroope will share his experiences from working more than 20 years in the mission field.

Informational seminars also will be presented at various times around campus Monday through Wednesday on an extensive array of topics, ranging from "The Real World," where students can access general information about missions, to "Learn a Foreign Language in One Hour," in which a Bible translator will create a written form of a tribal language. A schedule of the different seminars and their locations will be available at the Missions Fair, Monday to Wednesday in the BSDC.

For more information about these seminars or other Mission Emphasis Week events, contact Rae Wright in Baptist Student Ministries at (254) 710-3215 or visit www.baylor.edu/bsm.

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