Hot off the heels of spending time in Greece the Burnham Center for Global Engagement is already preparing for 5 potential trips for the summer of 2019. Itineraries and plans are being assembled for trips to Southern Texas and Israel. Three other possible locations for students to serve are Panama, India, and Utah.More details will be announced about this summer opportunities as they are being put together.
2019 Texas Trip (May 17-26)
Students, faculty, staff and friends have the opportunity to visit Alianza Cristiana del Valle church in southern Texas. The church is about as far south in Texas as one can get and within several miles of the Mexico border. We will not be crossing the border into Mexico, so passports are not necessary. However, we will be working with people in the church. Mornings will be filled with work projects and then the evenings with vacation Bible school for the kids and adult discipleship lessons. Opportunities on this trip also include leading a worship time in the evenings.
May 17 – Depart Calvary for Dallas, TX
May 18 – Continue to Alton, TX (Five nights stay at Melody Lane Renewal Center)
May 19-23 – Ministry and work at Alianza (Morning work projects, VBS and Adult Discipleship in the evening)
May 24 – Visit to Padre Island
May 25-26 – Return to Calvary via Dallas
Total Cost – $600
The Burnham Center is excited to offer this opportunity to Calvary students and others who are interested in going. It is necessary to conduct a background check in order to go on this trip. For more information contact Burnham Center Director Joshua Paxton or Trip Leader Tammy Pihl.
This summer found five Calvary students accompanying the Director of the Burnham Center for Global Engagement on a three week educational and ministry tour of Greece. The students enjoyed learning the history and cultural background of much of the New Testament as they traveled in the footsteps of Paul. Along the way, we were able to learn about the continuing ministry needs to refugees. We visited two refugee care centers created by AMG, our host for the three weeks. Students were challenged by those ministries as to how God might be calling them to be involved in this continuing global crises. The Burnham Center is already making plans for the next Greece trip in 2020. Students will have as many as five opportunities coming up next summer for both cross-cultural and local national ministry involvement including a trip to Israel! Stay tuned for more information on these opportunities, and enjoy some pictures from the recent trip.
Students spent a day helping with a local ministry to refugees in Thessaloniki.We were not allowed to take pictures inside the center.
Costas, our guide. He is a great friend and incredibly knowledgeable about Classical Greek culture and its involvement in the biblical text.
Visiting the Monasteries at Meteora
We were privileged to attend the graduation ceremony for Greek Bible College. Calvary has recently signed an agreement allowing students to study abroad with GBC.
The inscription on this stone mentions Galio as proconsul of Achaia, verifying Acts 18:12 as well as providing a timeline for the events.
Erastus the City Treasurer of Corinth (Romans 16:23)
The Bema in Corinth (Acts 18:12)
Mars Hill (Acts 17:22-34)
Greece is a beautiful country, However, it is also a very needy country. The economy is still struggling, sharing one’s faith is illegal, and refugees continue to arrive daily.
That’s it for now, if you want to see more join us for our next trip to Greece in 2020! Please be in prayer for the work of AMG and many others who are sharing the gospel in this historic place. While Greece is rich in biblical history and heritage, the needs are also great. Calvary hopes to provide an internship opportunity soon through our partnership with AMG and the Cosmovision center in Athens.
In five short days five students and Joshua Paxton, Director of the Burnham Center for Global Engagement, will board a plane for Greece! This trip will be both educational and ministry oriented. On the educational side we will spend time walking in the footsteps of Paul and his journeys in Macedonia and Greece, as part of his second and third missionary journeys. Our itinerary includes visits to the following places:
Philippi; Neapolis, Kavala, Thessaloniki; Meteora, Delphi, Thermopyles, Athens, Corinth, Epidauros, Mycenae, Olympia, and Mt Olympus…Along the way we will visit several museums and open the Scriptures while standing in the places they happened! We are very grateful to our friends at the Zodhiates International New Testament Studies Center for making this trip possible.
We will also take time to engage in some church planting ministry, learn some Greek culture and spend time ministering to immigrants and refugees in Greece at the Homespot in Athens. Students who enroll in the course “Biblical Sites Trip” are able to receive credit towards the degree here at Calvary by completing additional assignments.
Updates and pictures will be posted on the website as often as possible. Please pray for safe travel for us and be thinking about joining us our next trip or in Israel for 2019!
Calvary University and Greek Bible College in Athens recently signed an articulation agreement allowing for the acceptance of credits for students at Calvary from Greek Bible College. This agreement allows for Calvary students to participate in Greek Bible College’s International Student Program, The English Alpha Program. This will further enrich Calvary’s Study Abroad options for its students. “The International Student Program is a one-year course in the Bible designed to equip students to understand the Word of God and its significance for life and Ministry.” Greek Bible College ISP
Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, Corinthians, Hebrews, Genesis, Evangelism, Survey of Theology and more, including four courses in Greek! All courses are taught in English.
What could be better than learning Greek in Greece!
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” – Philippians 1:3-5
Ethnos 360 and Biblical Ministries Worldwide join Crossworld in SYNERGY with Calvary University
At the Conference on Global Engagement in January The Burnham Center for Global Engagement announced a new educational option for students called SYNERGY. Synergy involves a cooperative partnership between Calvary and its partners in ministry to train and equip the next generation of missionaries and get them to the field sooner. This is accomplished through students beginning the training process with these agencies while also receiving Calvary University credit for their efforts. This groundbreaking opportunity is a Calvary distinctive that is available at no other school.
More information on the details of Synergy can be found here: SYNERGY
We are excited to announce that both Biblical Ministries Worldwide and Ethnos 360 have recently become partners with us in Synergy. Calvary students now have three choices in completing their Synergy coursework and this list is sure to grow!
Our partners are excited about the prospects of Synergy and we are looking forward to working together to reach the unreached wherever they may be found.
“Biblical Ministries Worldwide is hugely excited to join Calvary University in training the next generation of cross-cultural workers for harvest fields all over the world! Synergy is such a brilliant idea, an innovative approach combining the credibility of academia with the expertise of BMW’s trainers who have a combined 487 years of church-planting experience. We’re praying that God will use this initiative for His glory and the advance of His Kingdom.”
“Synergy provides students a path to complete their degree at Calvary University and their training with Ethnos 360 at the same time. I don’t know of another opportunity like this! It’s exciting to think about how this program will prepare future missionaries while minimizing the time it takes to get to the mission field.”
In addition to providing great opportunities for existing Calvary students and new Calvary students SYNERGY will create a unique opportunity for students enrolled at Ethnos 360 Bible Institute. Students who are working towards an Associate degree at Ethnos 360 Bible Institute will be able to transfer up to 47 hours of credit towards an accredited degree at Calvary and also complete their training with Ethnos 360’s Missionary Training Center as part of their degree program through Synergy. The end result will enable them to take the same path they already planned on but earn an accredited degree from Calvary University along the way!
Synergy is all part of the Burnham Center for Global Engagement’s mission to end gospel poverty and ensure that the 3.1 billion people who currently have no opportunity to hear the message of Jesus, get that opportunity sooner rather than later. If you have questions about the Burnham Center for Global Engagement or how to take advantage of Synergy contact Burnham Center director Joshua Paxton.