TRENDING GLOBAL EXPERIENCES AT ASBURY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Reflecting: Feb. 25-Mar. 4, 2011: Upcoming: Feb. 25-Mar., 2011: Anticipating: March 2011:
In the past two weeks at Asbury, we have seen a global cornucopia of opportunities. Just last week the community found herself challenged by Jeanine Brabon, long time missionary to the imprisoned in Colombia. This week, two sage women (Dr. Sandra Richter of Wesley Biblical and Asbury’s own Dr. Marilyn Elliott) preached on suffering on the life of Joseph. Then on Thursday, chapel focused on global worship with preacher Rev. Hun Choi (husband of Asbury’s professor of Church History). Also in these two weeks a group of students who are focusing on anti-human trafficking efforts met four times for prayer. The ESJ School heard consecutively from Dr. Joy Tira, Senior Associate for Diasporas with the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization and then from Dr. Darrell Jackson, Professor for Missional Leadership at Redcliff College. In addition to a group of students spiritually reflecting together on the harmony of action and peace, an international and multicultural group of 25 students, spouses, and their children journeyed together to the Underground Railroad Freedom Center for an overnight formational and community building experience. The group toured the museum from 11-3.30. From 3.30-5.30 they gathered as a large group for Formation in Common. Even the kids all shared their reflections. There was an over-arching theme from the group: that we are connected with the past and what is going on today. They asked, “What will be our role in the story of abolition?” The next morning the group went the extra mile and attended the church pastored by Rev. Harun Gatobu (husband of our incoming Dean of Practical Theology).
When it comes to global community and global opportunities, I sense this report merely brushes the tip of the iceberg of trending global experiences at Asbury Theological Seminary.
Lexington Life: Walk for Warmth
February 26th, 2011 :: Lexington
The Walk for Warmth will be held on Saturday, February 26th from 10 a.m. to noon, starting and ending at Phoenix Park (in front of the central branch of the Lexington Public Library). Register online at www.walkforwarmth.org, and help fight homelessness.
Help prevent homelessness in Lexington. Join us for the Lexington Rescue Mission’s 4th Annual Walk for Warmth to raise money for our Homeless Prevention Program. This program provides emergency financial assistance for rent and utility bills to families in need in addition to budget counseling, case management, resource referral and spiritual care. For every $100 raised, we can prevent an individual or a family from being evicted or having their utilities shut off.
Global Community Development: Wilmore Community Dinner
Monday, February 28, 2011 :: 5.30-7.00pm :: Sherman Thomas Student Center
Ever wish that you knew more folks in Wilmore? Have you ever wished that the Seminary community could relate more closely with beautiful residents of Wilmore and High Bridge, Kentucky? The upcoming GCD Community Dinner provides a remarkable opportunity to begin relationships with members of our Wilmore community, specifically with those who are not connected to the seminary. Everyone, students, faculty, staff and local residents, is invited to come and share a common meal at 5:30pm on Monday, Feb. 28. We will gather, with attitudes of respect, hospitality and welcome, expecting to actively listen with our community members and compassionately serve as gracious hosts to new friends. And here’s how you can join in the action:
1. Bring a lasagna- sign up to cook 1 or 2 lasagnas for the meal. We have a common easy recipe you can use.
2. Bring a salad or bread
3. Be a greeter
4. Help clean up
5. Help everyone have a good time
If you are especially interested in creating this unique environment and relational ministry approach, we are forming a cadre and would much appreciate your help. Please contact Keith Jagger or Aaron Buttery via asburyseminary.edu email. We will have a lunch hour (lunch is on us) training Friday, Feb. 25, 12-1:30.
Campus Life: Student Abolition
Monday, February 28th, 2011 :: 7.00-9.00am :: Asbury House of Prayer
Looking for worshipers and activists, intercessors and non-conformists. The Modern Abolitionists of Asbury Theological Seminary are looking for men and women who are willing to bring together the gifts of the Body of Christ, as the Spirit leads, to build God’s Kingdom in the area of freeing those affected by Human Trafficking
One of the ways we are being transformed and transforming the world in the area of Human Trafficking is through prayer. On Monday Mornings from 7-9 am and Wednesdays from 12-12.45 pm, we will be meeting in the AHOP space on the camps of ATS. We would love for you to join us, helping us intercede for the millions held in bondage from Human Trafficking.
Our time together will also consist of sharing testimonies of those affected by this injustice, joining our hearts for specific geographical areas with respect to certain themes, and seeking God’s will through praying His Word. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact Colby.Cuevas@asburyseminary.edu or Gary. Liederbach@asburyseminary.edu. On behalf of the Modern Abolitionists of ATS, thank you for taking the time to think and pray about joining us. Whether God would have you join us in these times of prayer or not, be blessed as you follow the Way, liberating the oppressed and taking stands for justice.
E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism:
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 :: 8.15-9.30am :: ESJ Lounge
This week’s seminar features Betty Crouse, retired OMS missionary to Korea. Her presentation will include a reflection on, “My Role in Medical Mission.”
The seminar meets every Wednesday morning, 8:15-9:30am. The focus of the seminar is on spiritual formation, community formation, and development of academic skills. For more information you can contact the seminar facilitator Dr. Eunice Irwin.
Ministry for Global Community Development: Spiritual Formation for Global Citizens: Reflection in Common
Thursday, March 10, 2011 :: 6-7.30pm :: Richard Allen Chapel
On March 10, we will reflect on calling out the best in every person we meet. Masters include St. Paul, St. Teresa of Avila, John Wesley, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Future themes include:
- Action and Peace
- Making the Best out of Hopeless Situations
- Seeing the Image of God in Everyone You Meet
- Learning to Call Forth The Best in Others
- Appreciating Uniqueness in Others
- Cultivating a Globally Responsible and Interculturally Sensitive Heart
- Turning Depression and Fatigue on Its Head with Appreciation
Our schedule looks like this (session runs from 6-7.30pm in the Richard Allen Chapel):
- Thursday, March 10
- Thursday, March 31
- Thursday, April 14
- Thursday, April 28
- Thursday, May 12
We hope that you can join in this semester.
Ministry for Global Community Development: Local Service and Potluck Opportunities
Mondays in March 3.30-6.30pm:: Wilmore
Join the weekly rhythm of formational family friendly service opportunities. Build relationships across the ethnic, racial, institutional and city boundary lines. Start your ministry now through experiential hands on service together with fellow community members, students, and families!
If you would like to be added to the weekly service mailer, please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Internship/ Job Opportunities
Students should take care to notice three internships/ job postings:
- “Heart of God: International Ministries“: Haiti. We currently have an orphanage with 77 children and 12 Haitian staff members. We are feeling urged by the Holy Spirit to develop a full-time support staff for the Director, relieving him of some of his duties and allowing him more freedom to evangelize among his own people (this is his first love). Although we have just begun the search, we would like to be able to have someone ready to go in May, 2011. The next several months could be spent in raising support and additional preparations necessary for a long-term assignment. Interested applicants can contact Jan Ross, President/CEO Heart for God International Ministries at email@example.com
- “World Hunger Relief, Inc.“: Texas. WHRI is a teaching and working farm, with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture as it pertains to the alleviation of hunger worldwide. Interns & Live-In Volunteers train at the farm, learning about sustainable agriculture and technology appropriate to the developing-country setting, and leave equipped for holistic ministry through agriculture. The intern assistantship lasts 13 months, and during that time, interns receive a small stipend and health insurance, plus room and board. Interns learn by doing hands-on farming, personal experiments, and by attending twice-weekly classes, covering a broad range of topics. The classes are taught by farm staff, seminary and college professors, and local and commercial farmers. Live-In Volunteers stay for as short as two weeks, up to one year. Live-In Volunteers work 25 hours per week on the farm in exchange for room and board. LIVs do not receive a stipend or health insurance, but are encouraged to participate in all aspects of farm life, including morning devotions and intern classes. Interested applicants should contact Asbury Alum Kelly Lawson, Education Coordinator for World Hunger Relief, Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Internships with Good Works, INC. Not sure what you are doing this summer?Why not consider a 9-week paid internship in leadership development working with youth and adults serving at-risk children, widows, people who struggle with disabilities, people who struggle with poverty and people without homes in rural Appalachia?THE COMMUNITY OF GOOD WORKS has been providing internship experiences for 17 years. This summer, we will hire 6-8 interns who will live in Christian community and…
• Oversee the relational discipleship of the visiting teens and adults who are participating in a week-long Work Retreat during our Summer Service Program. You will grow in a deeper relationship with Christ as you serve with hundreds of youth and adults who will visit Good Works from all over Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, New York and Illinois.
• Provide leadership for our every day Summer Kid’s Discovery Club.
• Assist with the daily Summer Lunch/Community meal provided to children and adults in the Athens, Ohio area.
• Provide leadership for our visiting short-term mission teams in hands-on projects that serve people at their homes in rural Appalachian, Ohio who are elderly and/or who have disabilities.
• Provide leadership for a teen agricultural summer internship program. Be involved in establishing gardens at the homes of widows and citizens with disabilities.
• Discover and participate in direct service to people without homes who live in our shelter – The Timothy House. You will see a different model of ministry with the rural homeless.
• Work alongside our friends struggling with poverty as they participate in service and earn “points” to obtain cars, appliances and food through our Transformation Station.
• Participate in FRIDAY NIGHT LIFE, our weekly community meal followed by health education, Kids Club, live music, poetry readings and other community building activities.
• Experience leadership development as you interact with the Good Works staff on the issues of discipleship, ministry with the poor, community, poverty and justice in weekly discussions.The Summer Service internship begins on June 12 and ends on August 13. Applicants must be at least 20 years old or have completed one year of college. Good Works provides housing and most of your food and pays $1,500.00. Interns can also raise additional funds. The
deadline for applications and references is March 31, 2011.
THE NEXT STEP –-
1. Visit our web site and explore Good Works
2. Read through the section on INTERNSHIPS.
3. Select Summer Service.
4. Request an application through e-mail at email@example.com. Applications must be completed by March 31st. Interviews are conducted at Good Works in April.
OTHER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
• Good Works also offers a year-long residential internship with a stipend called APPALACHIAN IMMERSION for people 18 years or older. Interns live together in the Good Works Hannah House and are immersed into the many different outreach initiatives of Good Works.
• Good Works also offers a one-week internship, called WEEK OF SERVICE (especially during the summer), for anyone 16 years or older. Visit our web page and click on INTERNSHIPS for more information.