Online student connects on Germany mission trip

September 25, 2009 / by / 4 Comments

By Katie Woods, Graduate Student in Addiction Counseling

Online student Katie Woods grew closer to the GCU community through her service with other students in Germany.

Online student Katie Woods grew closer to the GCU community through her service with other students in Germany.

As an online student, I was looking for a way to make a stronger connection with my school and peers who attended GCU. I had no real way to go about this since I do not live in the Phoenix area, or so I thought! Over Christmas break, I received an email about the mission trips planned for the spring and summer of 2009, and wondered if this was my opportunity. I called the Office of Spiritual Life and found out that online students were eligible to go on these mission trips. I was excited to begin making the connections I had been seeking.

Once it all started to come together, I felt nervous. Not only am I a graduate student, but I wondered if I was going to be a lot older than the rest of the team. This is when I decided to stop worrying because I knew God would bring together the perfect group of people for the Germany mission. It could not have been a more perfect fit. This trip has given me the friendships and connections I was seeking. I have not only made strong connections with other students, but with God as well. I have always had a passion for helping people, and this trip was consistent with that. I believe that in everything we did, each person we met and built relationships with, God was shining through us. It is not everyday that you get a group of young people who are willing to get dirty and work hard for the benefit of someone else, but that is exactly who we are and what we did!

My faith and love for God has grown and that is due to this mission trip. I would whole-heartedly, without a doubt, participate in another Grand Canyon University mission trip…and who knows, I just might!

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4 Responses
  1. Lois Rash

    That is great that even as an online student I can go on a mission trip. How do I aquire about doing that?

    Oct.16.2009 at 10:15 am
  2. admin

    Contact the Office of Spiritual Life at 602-639-6750 or You can also visit the Spiritual Life page on for more information.

    Oct.16.2009 at 10:46 am
  3. Sarah Riley

    It is so good to hear that another online student can participate in things like this! I should be starting my MS in Drug & Alcohol Counseling in March (Currently in RN to BSN program, so this is really interesting. I’d like to hear more from online students about their participation in GCU activities.

    Oct.18.2009 at 6:31 pm
  4. Zoraida Zayas

    I think it is a great learning opportunity for anyone who is seeking a degree in a related field. I am currently completing my degree in the same area-substance abuse-and would love to be part of a mission of that nature. I love traveling and helping others; it would be a wounderful experience for me. How can I participate?

    Oct.21.2009 at 8:40 am
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