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
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!