Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Check Out this YouTube Video of Pictures from the GME

Special thanks to J. Rucker who collected and selected most of these photographs. You can see them in a slideshow and share the weekend with your friends at this link

Thanks to God for a Great GME

God blessed over 1,000 participants and volunteers with a truly global missions experience this past weekend at Tahkodah and HUT. Groups representing Lipscomb, Freed-Hardeman, Faulkner, Ohio Valley, Harding, Abilene, Lubbock, AIM, Oklahoma Christian, and several churches and campus ministries attended. We were drenched with rain twice during event, but God was glorified through the positive and daring attitudes of students who enjoyed the radical opportunity to discover what it would be like to live in countries around the world. Observers noted that there was relatively little milling around as students preferred to be immersed in the cycle of Bible study, learning stations, world market, and classes which had been planned for them. Keynote speakers spoke passionately about their areas of the world and shared stories from their countries of origin. Worship leaders from five different Christian universities coordinated and united to open our hearts and pour out praise to God. Each evening closed with campfires and story telling and even though the days were full and people were tired, the campfires, representing various areas around the world, were well attended. Friday evening the Iraqw Tanzanian team, which departs for the field in January, interviewed the Kalejin Kenyan Team on the occasion of its 30 year anniversary of the beginning of its work. The event culminated in the call to commitment Saturday evening when 132 young people made their commitment to become full-time longterm foreign or domestic missionaries. It was inspirational and heartening to see each one come forward, put their hand in paint, and then place it on the area of the world in which they intend to serve.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

It's Here!!!

September 27: Pray that words, thoughts, actions, ideas, and attitudes stem from God and glorify him throughout the weekend.

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him."

John 9:3

Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

Psalm 96:3 

See you there!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Prayer Week 1

September 20: Pray for formation of teams and groups. 

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first dayuntil now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:3-6

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Just 2 days!

A weekend that has the potential to change your life and the lives of many others is only 8 days away! Sign up for Global Missions Experience and experience God and His heart for the world in a way you never have before! Online Registration closes on Friday, so register now at www.globalmissionsexperience.com!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Are you ready?

Are you ready for Global Missions Experience 2012?

Prayer Week 2

September 13: Pray that the weather is convenient and provides a safe and useful learning environment.

Psalm 19:1-4

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Urban and Rural Missions to be Incorporated in Harding's Global Missions Experience

News Flash: This press release went out to the local media today, September 12, 2012

More than 750 college students from across the country are expected to attend the 52st annual Global Missions Experience Sept. 27-30 in Floral, Ark., hosted by Harding University.

This will be Harding's ninth time to host Global Missions Experience, formerly known as the World Mission Workshop. The name change reflects a shift in the focus of the conference from a primarily lecture-based format to a hands-on experiential learning opportunity for students to gain practical knowledge that will aid them in the mission fields they may one day encounter.

During the workshop students will have the opportunity to simulate life in Africa, southeastern Asia, Central America, Appalachia, slums of the urban developing world, and refugee camps.

According to Dr. Shawn Daggett, director of Global Missions Experience, this year's workshop will incorporate elements of urban ministry in addition to the rural development techniques offered in the past.

The theme for this year is "Paint My Life for Your Glory."

"We wanted something that focused on God, not us, and we thought about what we can do to glorify him," Daggett said. "Then we realized that we present ourselves as an empty canvas that God can use to communicate his love and mission for the world."

Based on the theme, students will be divided by academic majors to attend classes that center around using their specific major to glorify God. Students will also choose from a variety of stations that allow them to acquire skills needed to evangelize in urban and rural settings. Five keynote speakers who each live on a different continent will address the students at the worship sessions.

Global Missions Experience also serves the dual purpose of sparking interest in mission work and uniting church of Christ sister schools across the nation.

"I chose to be a part of the revival and transformation of Global Missions Experience because it has influenced more people to devote their lives to mission work than anything else we know of," Daggett said. "Also, at a time when unity is somewhat at risk, Global Missions Experience is a real opportunity for students from our sister schools to come together. It is one of the only events that allows students from all our sister universities to interact."

For more information, email gme@harding.edu or call Harding's Center for World Missions at 501-279-5133. To register, visit www.globalmissionsexperience.com. The registration fee is $45 or $30 for Harding students.

Harding is the largest private university in Arkansas with 6,815 students and attracts more National Merit Scholars than any other private university in the state. Harding also maintains campuses in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Prayer Week 3

September 6: Pray for organization and cooperation between all parties involved.

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved themeven as you have loved me."

John 17:20-23 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Prayer Week 4

August 30: Pray for those serving in Europe.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:1-3 

Excitement is Growing

Registrations from missionaries and students are flowing in rapidly as Harding's student steering committee is working hard to prepare for the arrival of approximately 750 participants in this year's Global Missions Experience at Camp Tahkodah. This year's event will integrate much of the ingredients from the 2010 World Mission Workshop with many of the suggestions made to improve the program. The event is being held three weeks earlier in hopes that we'll all enjoy warmer weather. Our food budget and meal portions will be larger. Half of the learning stations are specifically designed for urban settings. More of the learning stations will be held closer to main meeting place of the event.

Our student public relations committee is working hard to contact people from each Christian university to arrange for a promotional visit within the next couple of weeks. If a couple of Harding students can come to your campus and set up a table in your student center, appear at various events, or make an announcement in chapel, please contact us at once at gme@harding.edu.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

GME on Facebook!

The GME Facebook Event is now up and running! GME is just 30 days away, so be sure to register online at www.globalmissionsexperience.com.

See you there!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Prayer Weeks 6 and 5

August 16: Pray for those serving in Africa.

August 23: Pray for those serving in Asia and the Middle East.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Romans 5:1-11

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Prayer Week 7

August 9: Pray for those serving in South America.

He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers.Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity.We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace.

2 Corinthians 1:10-12

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Prayer Week 8

August 2: Pray for those serving in North America.

Isaiah 52:6-8

Therefore my people will know my name; 
    therefore in that day they will know
that it is I who foretold it.
    Yes, it is I.”
How beautiful on the mountains 
    are the feet of those who bring good news, 
who proclaim peace, 
    who bring good tidings,
    who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
    “Your God reigns!” 
Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; 
    together they shout for joy. 
When the Lord returns to Zion, 
    they will see it with their own eyes.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Prayer Week 9

July 26: Pray that commitments made to serve are sincere, God focused, and followed by action.

James 2:21-23

Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Prayer Week 10

July 19: Pray that staff and volunteers working with GME do not weary so that the passion burns throughout the summer.

Isaiah 40:31
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Prayer Week 11

July 12: Pray for the Keynote speakers as they discern the message God has placed upon their heart. 

Hebrews 13:20-21
May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Prayer Weeks 12 and 13

June 28: Pray for O’Neal Tankersley (Hut director) and Steve and Vicki Smith (Tahkodah)

July 5: Pray for safety and health as participants travel from all over the world to HUT.

“In that day you will say: “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.” Isaiah 12:4

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Prayer Week 14

June 21: Pray for commitments to be made and followed up on.

Isaiah 6:8
"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? 
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Prayer Week 15

June 14: Pray for provision of physical materials needed for the weekend to run smoothly. 

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Prayer Weeks 16 and 17

May 31: Pray that the participants seek God's direction in the months leading up to GME and that the event be a culmination of wisdom and passion placed upon their heart by God.

June 7: Pray for unity among schools. 

My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one  I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

John 17:20-23

Friday, May 25, 2012

Prayer Week 18

May 24: Pray that God will anoint, protect, comfort, and grant wisdom to the leaders of GME 2012 (Justin, Abigail and Shawn). 

Psalm 96

Sing to the Lord a new song;
    sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
    proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and glory are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    bring an offering and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness;
    tremble before him, all the earth.
Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.
    The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;
    he will judge the peoples with equity.
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
    let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
    let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes,
    he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
    and the peoples in his faithfulness.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Prayer Week 19

May 18: Pray for students and staff in all Christian institutions as they leave to serve all over the world throughout the summer.

How beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
“Your God reigns!"
Isaiah 52:7

Friday, May 11, 2012

Prayer Week 20

In just a few short months GME will be upon us. While much planning has already gone into the event, there is still much to come. We’ve put together a simple prayer calendar for all involved with specific needs to pray for throughout the following months. Through this, we can all be unified through one simple prayer wherever we may be serving all over the globe.

May 11: Pray that focus is on God throughout the preparing, planning, and coming together of the event.

"Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him."

John 9:3

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Paint My Life Poster

Preparations Have Begun!

Preparations for Global Missions Experience 2012 are in full swing! Watch the following clip to learn more about GME. This event will take place at Harding University Tahkodah on September 27-30, 2012.