A New Approach to Missions with GCU Global Outreach

August 16, 2010 / by / 6 Comments

By Zane Ewton
Communications Staff

The GCU missions program is set to expand with a new vision for Global Outreach.

Jacob Page, GCU Global Outreach Director, is leading the charge to create a passion and awareness in students that will stay with them long after graduation.

“Our vision is a lot bigger than just mission trips,” says Page. “The heart behind Global Outreach is to create a global awareness that is part of our University DNA.”

Page has led more than 15 mission trips, visited more than 20 countries and lived overseas for a year. His passion for global outreach is contagious.

“Part of the GCU Mission is to create globally minded leaders,” he says. “Mission trips can create the passion and awareness necessary to be globally minded. Exposure plus experience equals passion.”

Page is creating a strategy team consisting of faculty and students who have been part of past missions efforts and are committed to developing new opportunities for students to serve. The opportunities will extend from the following three efforts:

  • Short-term Global Connection Mission trips.
  • Embrace international students and families in our community.
  • Global awareness through biblical education and global issues

The training and preparations for mission trips will be much more extensive says Page. It all starts with the question, “Why go?”

“There are important steps we want to make sure every mission-minded student takes,” he says. “We want them prepared for the trip, to make the best of the trip and then come home with a commitment to continue growing from that experience.”

October 4-8 is Global Outreach Week and features a number of activities, information sessions and more. The dates and locations for 2010-11 trips will be available and students can begin submitting their applications along with the $100 deposit. The cost of each trip will vary.

For more information, please contact Jacob Page at 602.639.6220 or [email protected].

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6 Responses
  1. Kevin

    Is there a place/website where we can view the mission trips and dates, along with estimated costs? Thanks.

    Aug.20.2010 at 9:51 am
  2. lope49

    Jacob Page will be contacting you with details on that. Global Outreach is still finalizing trips, dates and costs. We will have those here on the Herd as soon as they are released.

    Aug.20.2010 at 1:08 pm
  3. Desiree

    Hello! I am wondering if it is at all possible for a GCU online student who lives outside of AZ to be on a missions team? I am aware of required routine meetings, and this is the main concern with being out of state.

    Aug.24.2010 at 9:25 am
  4. Zane Ewton

    Hi Desiree – it definitely is possible for you to be on a missions team. Please contact Global Outreach Director Jacob Page at 602.639.6220 or [email protected]. He will have all the information you will need.

    Aug.24.2010 at 10:37 am
  5. Rev. Jim

    I have been at GCU for three years. I love the college, what they stand for, and how they help you grow. While I have been here I have been ordained a minister. I lead service in my church, do lectures, healings, and spiritual readings. I love working for God and being like Jesus.GCU is making my foundation stronger for me. Nothing like knowing you are doing God’s work and pleasing him. I had dreamed of going to do mission work. That door has closed for me. I’m on dialysis. But when one door closes, God quickly opens another.

    Aug.30.2010 at 1:03 pm
  6. Lesa Felton, Tucson Cohort 8

    Will you make the information available to the Tucson cohorts? I’ve been interested in going for a couple of years and well, since I’m graduating next summer, now is the time. I know a few other Tucson nursing students are interested. Plus, finances being what they are, we have to budget!! Thanks and welcome to our new University Pastor!

    Sep.03.2010 at 7:59 pm
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