By Kathryn Moore
The Office of Spiritual Life has an exciting week planned for the annual Global Opportunities Week Sept. 17-21, including new GO trips to New Orleans and New York City, chapel speakers and discussion panels.
GO Week is an opportunity for students to learn what God is doing around the world and to participate in local, domestic and international mission work.
GO Week begins Monday with a special chapel address by Chuck Lawless, vice president for global theological advance at the International Mission Board. The week will feature internationally-known speakers such as C. Ben Mitchell, Graves professor of moral philosophy and Shane Critser, team leader for church mobilization at the North American Mission Board.
“I really enjoy being in the chapels and hearing the speakers during GO Week because they emphasize international missions so much,” said Corey Wilson, junior math major. “I think that’s something we should all talk about more.”
Students and professionals will host discussion panels on subjects such as adoption, evangelism in the business world and what it is like to live in a country that limits or prevents Christian ministry.
One of the highlights of GO Week is the GO Week Expo, which displays camps, ministries and missions organizations offering service opportunities in the United States and abroad. The Expo will take place Tuesday and Wednesday of GO Week.
GO trips are coordinated through the Office of Spiritual Life and led by faculty and staff to give students the chance to serve and proclaim the gospel around the world. The trips take place during January term, spring break and summer break each year.
Julie Bradfield, director of student mobilization, said the new GO trips, to New Orleans and New York City, will take place during spring break 2013. The new trips will focus primarily on spreading the Gospel in these urban cities while working with local churches.
“We try to do intentional training for these trips in order to equip students for anything that may come their way,” Bradfield said. “We want to teach students how to be seeking opportunities to share their faith and to live out the Gospel.”
Applications for this year’s upcoming GO trips will be available next week.
Students’ applications turned in by 4 p.m. Sept. 19 will only require a $25 application fee. Those who wait until the final deadline of 4 p.m. Sept. 24 will have to pay the regular application fee of $45.
Applications are available at http://www.uu.edu/events/go/instructions.cfm.