Students participate in international travel programs
May 06, 2010

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Bryan College will have a larger-than-usual international presence this summer, as nearly 75 students or recent graduates will be involved in missions, study, and internships abroad programs.

Chorale Goes to Europe

The largest contingent will be from the music department, as the Chorale takes its quadrennial European missions tour. Thirty-four students accompanied by three faculty-staff couples will visit England, France and Switzerland to sing throughout their 14-day trip.

“We call it our European Missions Tour because it really is a ministry to unchurched, unconverted people, particularly on the continent,” Chorale Director Dr. David Luther said. “In Europe, where 95 percent of the people don’t go to church, missionaries will invite the whole community.”

English Department Students to Study in Italy

On May 9, one day before the Chorale leaves, seven students and four faculty members will depart for Italy, where students will take three classes and visit Venice and Florence.

English Department Head Dr. Raymond Legg said the trip is designed to “deepen appreciation for the major, deepen a sense of community within the major, and most important, get a broader view of what God is going in the world.” In addition to their English studies, the students will visit a third century church and contrast that with the 21st century state of the church in Italy, which is considered unreached by the Gospel.

Acts Projects Interns on Three Continents

Fifteen students will be working in Europe, Africa, and Asia in internships arranged through the Acts Project to gain an idea of missional living using their vocational interests.

Danielle Rebman, who coordinates placements, said students will work between May 12 and Aug. 5 with mentors who serve with a mission, as church planters or in business carrying on long-term projects.

Jobs will include facilitating short-term visits, working in a factory learning about Christian business practices, acting as journalists in Europe, working at a children’s home, in sports ministry, and in business offices.

Men’s Basketball Team in the Dominican Republic

Coach Don Rekoske will take coaches and members of the men’s basketball team to the Dominican Republic May 10 to 17. The 15-member squad, working through SCORE International, will play a game or two each day, do relief work, visit orphanages and conduct clinics “and anything else they want us to do,” the coach said.

“Our goal is to minister, to give as much as we can of ourselves, but I told the players I think we will be more impacted ourselves. At least that’s what has happened when I’ve gone before.”

Summer Online Classes

Closer to home, nearly 120 students have signed to take eight summer classes. Dr. Bob Andrews, assistant vice president for academic affairs, said the traditional Minimester session has been changed into a more standard summer program, with classes offered online rather than on campus.