JACKSON, Tenn. – Feb. 8, 2002– For the first time in Union University’s long history of student missionary opportunities, thirteen Union students participated in a Global Opportunities (GO) Trip during the university’s winter term. Traditionally, GO Trips take place over spring break or during the summer, but Union’s programs are expanding to cover this new time.
During their time there, students worked on a daily basis in one college, Dhurakijpundit University (DPU), assisting in teaching English classes by allowing small groups to practice their English skills with the Americans. The conversations that took place covered a variety of topics and allowed for evangelistic discussions.
“They wanted to know so much about American culture,” said junior Jenny King, a psychology major from Dyersburg, Tenn. “There were so many doors to talk about faith with the people there. Everybody wanted to be your friend and that made it so easy to talk to them about Jesus’ love for them. I still get emails every day. They were so open to any discussion.”
The Union students formed relationships that crossed over the obvious cultural lines and say that it was through these friendships that true Christianity could be demonstrated.
One of the most gratifying things for many of the participants is the knowledge that the ministry that they worked with is continuing even after they have since returned to the States.
“The ministry that the Owens have set up is amazing,” stated Pettigrew. “Maybe God will use some of these kids from closed countries to impact people back home. I know God was in everything we did on this trip and that it was part of His plan – you just couldn’t miss Him.”
According to Frost, Union plans to continue these January trips because they fall during a less pressured time for students and offer assistance and support to the missionaries at a time of year when not much support is given by lay groups. Frost was pleased by this year’s results and is already working to organize trips for 2003, including a possible return to Bangkok for many of this year’s participants.
By Jody Webster
Class of 2004
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