Interested? Learn more here: SYNERGY
Join Calvary University in India May 19-June 1, 2019!
Calvary University has a long standing tradition of hosting and training students from India. Only a few short years ago one of those students lead several summer ministry teams to his home country. Now another one of our students is opening the door for a more long-term relationship between Calvary and India.
India is home to 1.4 billion people, only 2.2% of which have a knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Most believers live in the densely packed urban areas leaving many villages with little to no witness of who Jesus is. Local pastors work hard to reach these surrounding villages. However, they face a mountainous task in reaching everyone. Of 2,554 people groups, 2,290 (89.7%) remain unreached with the gospel (Joshua Project) Many of these groups still do not have the Word of God in their own languages.
India is a location rich with history and deeply entrenched in the History of Missions as many of the early pioneers of the Modern Missions Movement, folks like William Carey, Adoniram Judson and others set out to reach this richly diverse area with the gospel. However, India remains a place of great need, especially in the poorer village areas. Hinduism is the dominant religion and recently the government has become increasingly hostile to Christian activities.
Next Summer the Burnham Center for Global Engagement is offering a two week mission trip to India. Faculty, staff, students and friends are welcome to join us for two weeks of ministry. We will be focusing on supporting the work of indigenous pastors through training and children’s activities. We will also be working on a project to complete construction on a local church. This project will require $3000.00 for the material costs.
For more information about joining us in India or helping with the construction project contact Joshua Paxton, Director of the Burnham Center for Global Engagement.
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.
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!
For more information on this unique opportunity check out Greek Bible College’s Website
Or contact the Director of the Burnham Center for Global Engagement, Joshua Paxton.
“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.
David Brown, Biblical Ministries Worldwide
“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.”
Jason Weaver, Ethnos 360
“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.
Help us walk/run the 8350 miles to Mindanao Island in the Philippines to benefit the Burnham Center for Global Engagement!
In 2001 Martin and Gracia Burnham, both alumni of Calvary University and missionaries with New Tribes Mission were held captive in the Philippine Jungle for over a year. Gracia would be rescued and Martin would tragically lose his life during that rescue attempt. The Burnham name is now known to many and they are also honored and remembered through the Burnham Center for Global Engagement at Calvary University. The mission of the Burnham Center is to train and equip the next generation of cross-cultural servants of Christ to meet the challenges of ministry in an ever-changing world. The Inaugural Race to the Philippines seeks to raise funds to help the Burnham Center in this mission.
The Race to the Philippines is a virtual walk/run. This, of course, solves the problem that unlike Jesus, none of us can walk on water! Undoubtedly you may be asking yourself, what is a virtual race?
What is a virtual race?
I am glad you asked!
While 5k’s 10k’s and marathons have been around for a long time as ways for organizations to raise awareness for their cause and raise funds, virtual racing is a recent phenomenon. A virtual race could be summed up with the tagline, Your Race, Your Place, Your Pace. Unlike traditional walk/runs there is no set date and time to do the event, there is no set course marked out to follow, and no set place to travel to in order to participate. You can walk, run, crawl, skip, or ride a bike, wherever you are, whenever you have time to complete your distance. While we have set a suggested date of April 21st to complete the event it really is up to you. We will not be asking you to “prove” that you have gone the distance either.
We have created a Facebook event page here where we would like you to post a selfie or other picture of yourself completing your distance. Our hope is to gather pictures of people all around the world participating in this event so that it is truly a global event.
There is also the option of purchasing a race shirt here: Shirts are an extra charge but we do receive a portion of the funds towards our overall goal, and we think they look pretty sweet! Kudos to Callie Weeks for her design work!
Everyone who registers will receive an event medal, pictured here–>
What is the Goal?
Every great event has a great goal and ours is nothing short of legendary. The goal of the Race to the Philippines is to walk/run or otherwise cover the 8350 miles between Calvary’s Kansas City Campus and Mindanao Island in the Philippines. Mindanao is the island were Martin and Gracia were held captive.
There are two ways that we hope to accomplish this. When you register you will be signed up to walk/run the minimum requested distance of a 5k (3.1 miles). In addition, we have created another form where others can sponsor you to run/walk additional miles. So gather all your friends and have them sponsor you for an additional 10 miles and then walk a half-marathon! If you need to you can always break the distance up. Or you can sponsor Burnham Center Director Joshua Paxton for as many miles as you want, he plans on walking/running 1000 miles this year anyway as a personal goal.
So sign up today and join us as we Race to the Philippines!