Students and staff get ready for Missions Week 2012. Pictured from left, Brandon Humphries, Jordan Bates, Alex Ingram, Amanda Gilkinson, Fijoy Johnson, Desiree Colon, Casey Beavers, and Campus Pastor Jimmy Harper.
The students, staff, and faculty of Lee University are preparing for the 2012 Dee Lavender Missions Week to be held Oct. 22-26. This year’s theme is “Lee for India,” and will focus attention on, and send aid to, El Shaddai Home for Children in Igatpuri, Maharashtra in India.
"Missions Week is an on-campus opportunity to focus on a specific part of the world," said Campus Ministry Secretary Deborah Page. "We will pray for them, we will learn more about their culture, and we will raise money for a project within that country in order to further the Gospel of Christ.”
Since 1991, Missions Week has been carried out in honor of Lee University student, Dee Lavender, who died on a summer mission trip to Panama just before her 21st birthday. Missions Week projects have been in place for nearly 20 years, and a week devoted to missions has been part of Lee programming since the forties.
During the week, chapel services and guest lecturers will provide students with information about India and other mission opportunities. Lee will continue to sell Missions Week T-shirts, and all profits and other donations will go directly to help the Indian community. In addition, missionaries will have exhibits in the Paul Conn Student Union so that they can share with students more about the life of a missionary.
Funds raised from Missions Week T-shirts will go towards the purchase of a pre-existing compound built to be an orphanage. Lee will work with a team in India to allow for more than 100 boys and girls to have proper accommodations to enhance their opportunity for growth in body, mind, and spirit.
For more information about missions at Lee University visit http://www.leeuniversity.edu/missions-week/ or to make a donation, contact Campus Ministries at 614-8420. “Lee for India” T-shirts are available for a $15 donation in the Conn Center at Parker and 11th Street during office hours.