Almost a year ago, Calvary entered into a partnership with Greek Bible College in Athens to allow our students the opportunity to spend up to year studying abroad in Greece. This partnership came on the heels of recent opportunities that Calvary has had to take students on tours of the biblical sites of Greece and walk in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul. For the Fall semester of 2019, Elise Godsey (Intercultural Studies/ELL major) will be stepping out to take advantage of this opportunity and spending a semester in Greece, these are her thoughts...
“My name is Elise Godsey and I am a sophomore here at Calvary University majoring in Intercultural Studies and English Language Learner. I just started attending Calvary in January, for the Spring 2019 semester, and I already am beyond blessed by this college! I learned about Calvary at the beginning of Fall 2018, while I was attending my community college, and I was encouraged by Calvary staff to go ahead and apply to start attending right in January instead of waiting until the next year, and I am very glad I did because I have already had so many wonderful opportunities and experiences here.
Elise is second from the left.
While I was exploring the Calvary website last Fall to learn more about it I also learned about the opportunity to study abroad at the Greek Bible College in Athens, Greece. This really caught my attention and I instantly knew that I would love to have that opportunity. When I came to visit the school at the end of September, I was told that this study abroad opportunity was brand new and no one had done it yet, and this just made me all the more excited to pioneer this new program at Calvary!
I will be attending the Greek Bible College for the Fall 2019 semester, and I will be taking 3 classes that will directly transfer into the biblical studies part of my planner. The fourth class I take will be New Testament Greek, and that will count as an elective. It is so wonderful that I am getting to complete these Bible class requirements in a land of the Bible!
This chance to go attend college in Greece is one of the many reasons that I chose to attend Calvary, and I am so thankful that I will get to do it and for all the help I am receiving as I get ready! I am beyond excited to see what the Lord has planned for me to learn as I study there and for the ministry opportunities I may get as well! I appreciate your prayers as I embark on this new adventure in my life!” – Elise Godsey
Calvary’s 2019 Conference on Global Engagement (C.O.G.E.) featured Greg Sanford as the main speaker. His sessions challenged all in attendance to “stick to the business.” For Christians that “business” is the Great Commission. Mr. Sanford was a church planter in the Yanomamo tribe for 12 years, so he has first-hand experience and stories to tell. In addition to the four main sessions, students had the opportunity to attend seminars dealing with various missions-related topics. The Langmade Room was filled with display tables and more than 40 representatives from 25 different organizations. The whole campus spent time in prayer on Wednesday morning, and the evenings also offered more exposure to what God is doing in the world through presentations and prayer.
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!
Last weekend Calvary’s Student Missions Committee participated in their first outreach event of the school year. The Belton Fall Festival took place on Main Street, and Calvary students volunteered as a way to serve the local community.
Students Elizabeth Viens and Sarah Stewart helped with breakfast.
They helped with setting up on Friday and serving a pancake breakfast on Saturday.