Mission Center outlines 2011 projects 

August 19, 2010

PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University Mission Center has outlined its mission opportunities for 2011. Led by Dr. Rick Shaw, the Mission Center provides education and opportunities for students and area residents to participate in mission trips. Wayland’s partnership with the Kenya Baptist Theological College provides the school with numerous opportunities in Africa as well as other destinations around the world.

Although the Mission Center is a function of Wayland’s School of Religion and Philosophy, these trips are not limited to students. These mission opportunities are open to anyone interested in participating.

The Mission Center’s first project will be a trip to Kenya January 80-30 to assist in constructing a church building in Kakamega for the Christ the King Baptist Church. Obadiah Alubisia, a graduate of Wayland’s program in Kenya, is the pastor of the congregation. A medical team will also travel to Kakamega to assist with a medical camp. Cost for the trip is approximately $2,500. Some funding assistance will be available.

On March 11-20, the Mission Center will sponsor a trip to Brazil in association with the Caprock Plains Baptist Area. The goal of the trip will be evangelism and the operation of a medical mission camp. Estimated cost for the trip has not yet been determined, but some assistance will be available.

Three trips are planned for the summer of 2011, beginning with a study abroad opportunity June 9-17 in Israel. This is not primarily a mission experience. Participants will visit Jaffa, where the prophet Jonah began his journey, Caesarea, Acre, Nazareth, Tiberius, the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem, the Mount of Olives and Bethlehem. Class credit is available, or interested parties may audit the course. The cost is approximately $3,400 for departure from Dallas. There will be an additional expense for the trip from Lubbock to Dallas.

From July 2-24, the Mission Center will sponsor another team traveling to Kenya. This group will work near the KBTC campus in the Limuru, Karanjee and Misiri slums of Nairobi. This trip will include a one-week excursion to Turkana near the borders of Sudan and Ethiopia. This trip will cost approximately $3,000 with some financial assistance available.

The final trip of the summer will take place July 31 through August 9, as a team travels to Macedonia, Kosovo and Greece, familiar stomping grounds for Dr. Shaw, who spent several years working as a foreign missionary in the region. The team will focus on teaching English as well as developing relationships within the Muslim community. The group will also travel to Philippi, Kavala, Neapolis and Thessaloniki.

For more information, contact Dr. Rick Shaw at 291-1162 or by email at shawr@wbu.edu.