The Miracle of Missions

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Former Headmaster Zach Young once said, “Missions is one of the best things we do.” As a community Wesleyan strives to go out into the world and serve people from all walks of life, thus the missions program was founded to fulfill that great ambition. Today, the Wesleyan missions program has sent students and faculty to over 35 locations worldwide, with over 900 students and 190 faculty members participating on these life changing trips.

Wesleyan has not only exceeded the standard of excellence in our goal to serve but has also spread the word of Christ to thousands of people around the world. Every year students and faculty are commissioned by the greater Wesleyan community to do great work for the kingdom and as a result the community and the world are profoundly impacted. Christian Life Director Greg Lisson said, “We hope that the Wesleyan missions program will help members of our community to see the world around them with more clarity, wisdom, compassion, and truth. In particular, we hope that these experiences will help us to see other people the way that God sees them, and that our relationships with our neighbors would grow deeper as a result. As we’ve talked about with our Christian Life theme this year, the summation of the commandments of scripture is that we would love God and love our neighbor, and we hope these trips would help us to live out those commands more fully.”

This year 9 mission teams consisting of 214 students and 38 faculty members were commissioned to go to Atlanta, Chattanooga, Guatemala, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Bulgaria, The Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, each trip having their own objectives. However, all nine teams shared the same spiritual goal: to spread the gospel to communities around the world and to serve those who have not been afforded the same privileged lifestyle that we have benefited from.

Whether it was difficult manual labor or playing with children every student and teacher did their part and dedicated their time and effort toward bettering the world through missions.

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What colleges are you applying to? I’m going to Auburn next year.

Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Josh Price.

What was your most embarrassing Wesleyan moment? Sophomore year at a football game, I was in the middle of tumbling in front of the run-through banner, and the football team ran though earlier than we expected so I was not out of the way yet, and then I ended up running in the middle of a group of football players the rest of the way to cause less chaos… it was so scary.

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