Maranatha has at its core the Great Commission. Our purpose is to train the next generation of Christian leaders to live by the maxim “Life is ministry.” As the great missionary statesman William Carey said, “Attempt great things for God; expect great things from God.” Maranatha’s history validates its commitment to encouraging students to attempt great things for God in ministry around the globe. From the cosmopolitan urban centers of Western Europe to the remote hill country of Irian Jaya, Maranatha alumni faithfully serve the Lord.
Maranatha’s commitment to world evangelization continues in the present. Faculty and students have been blessed with the opportunity to focus strategically on a restricted access country. Teams partner with local national churches to evangelize and disciple. Faculty members will continue to travel to countries such as India, Africa, and Southeast Asia, helping train nationals to be better pastors, evangelists, and missionaries in their countries.
As Maranatha enters the next millennium, though, its emphasis on global evangelism must intensify. We must prepare Christian servants equipped to shine as lights in world where spiritual darkness becomes more pervasive. To this end, the Global Encounter Project reflects Maranatha’s strategy for preparing and placing our students and faculty into international ministry.
This team will travel July 5 to August 2. They will teach conversational English to hundreds of Asian high school and college students. Many Asian students know the basics of English, but they want a chance to interact with native speakers. This will enhance their educational and vocational prospects. As part of our month-long summer camp, they have also been asked by Asian officials to “aggressively present their culture,” including teaching them about the holidays of Christmas and Easter.
This team will travel June 20 to July 5 and there are eleven students going on the trip, plus one sponsor. They are staying in an orphanage and working with the children there as well as conducting two children’s meetings, doing area evangelism and some medical outreach.
This Global Encounters team is headed for Zambia from June 16 to July 5. They will be working with the children, as well as conducting children’s meetings, doing area evangelism, and some medical outreach.
Team New York
This team spent spring break in New York. Here are a few of the things they did:
- Helped with street evangelism
- Worked in a food shelter
- Served in local church ministry
- Held open air meetings