Great Commission Congress Highlights Missions at Asbury
November 8, 2016
WILMORE, Ky. — At Asbury University, a conversation about missions is never far away. Whether through campus ministries, community outreach or national and international mission trips, Asbury students are committed to sharing the good news of Jesus. Once a year, though, the Asbury community devotes a whole week to engaging missions during Great Commission Congress. (View gallery below!)
This year’s speakers were Wes and Joy Griffin, international directors of the International Leadership Institute and parents of alumnus Caleb Griffin ‘14. In Chapel and special evening services, the Griffins challenged the Asbury community to pray, give and go in order to fulfill the Great Commission.
“Is it possible that you are the answer to a prayer that Jesus prayed?” Wes Griffin asked during Chapel, referencing Jesus’ words in Matthew 9:38. “Could it be that today you would say ‘Yes,’ becoming a worker in the harvest?”
Every year during Great Commission Congress, the Asbury community takes up an offering support a mission. This year’s giving initiative supported The Seed Company, helping provide a translation of the book of Galatians for an unreached group in East Asia.
Asbury’s global outlook was reflected in a special way during Great Commission Congress. Flags from international students’ home countries decorated Hughes Auditorium, and the University hosted 22 mission organizations on campus, including Wycliffe Bible Translators, World Gospel Mission, The Salvation Army and One Mission Society. During a missions expo in the Student Center, organizations shared what God is doing throughout the U.S. and around the world, and invited students to get involved.
Brianna Boggs ’18 is one student who has been impacted by Great Commission Congress. This time last year, Great Commission Congress introduced her to an opportunity called Volunteers in Action (VIA), administered through World Gospel Mission. Designed for young people, the program matches volunteers with an established missionary family, allowing students to serve in countries around the world.
Boggs volunteered 11 weeks in Mexico, serving in youth groups and Vacation Bible School programs, helping lead women’s groups, tutoring English at a bilingual school and much more.
“Sharing the good news is what we’re called to do,” Boggs said. “If we’re not sharing with other people, we’re not living up to our calling. Jesus went out and made disciples, and if we’re going to be like Him, we will too.”
On Friday, Joy Griffin closed the last Chapel of Great Commission Congress by challenging students to live out the Great Commission in their daily lives.
“Jesus needs workers with ‘beautiful feet’” she said. “He needs those who will walk across the hall in the dorm, to the next cubicle at work, across the ball field, right here in Jessamine County and across the world to tell others the good news.”
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