Lee’s “New Horizon In Missions” To Be Missions Week Theme

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - by Cana Cooper, Lee University
Lee students Cody Porter and Rachel Smith posing in their New Horizons Missions T-shirts
Lee students Cody Porter and Rachel Smith posing in their New Horizons Missions T-shirts

Missions Week at Lee University will take place Oct. 7-11 under the theme of a “New Horizon in Missions.”

This change of theme comes with a shift in the Missions Week paradigm from student support to student activation, according to Campus Pastor Rob Fultz.

“The goal is to create greater student engagement, gain higher levels of missional formation and innovation, increase clarity on the biblical model for missions, and supply a broader sending capacity of students on the mission field, globally and locally,” said Mr. Fultz.

Missions Week will include special chapel services with Bruce Deel, speaking in the Conn Center, and Mario Mendoza, in the Dixon Center, on Tuesday.

Mr. Deel is the senior pastor of The Mission Church and a graduate of Lee University. He serves as a consultant to numerous non-profits around the country. This includes the position of founder and CEO of City of Refuge in Atlanta, Georgia. City of Refuge is an organization with a mission to help the broken, assist the at-risk, and prevent future crises. His successful leadership at City of Refuge has led him to receive numerous awards, including the 2017 Director’s Community Leadership Award from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Atlanta.

Mr. Mendoza is a five-time USA Trail National Champion, four-time USA Trail Runner of the Year, three time top American runner at Trail World Championships, and is ranked No. 9 Ultra Runner of the Year. He is a pastor of Father’s House Church of God, a church focused on the diversity of cultures becoming united. Mr. Mendoza was born in America, but grew up in a Hispanic culture with immigrant parents and hopes to “be a bridge between the two cultures through his running.”

On Thursday, Kelsi Deel will speak in Conn Center chapel.

Ms. Deel, also a Lee alum, has been involved in ministry since she was five years old because of her father Bruce Deel’s position with the City of Refuge. She is the director of House of Cherith, a program associated with City of Refuge as a safe house for refuge and restoration of exploited women. The programming focuses on spiritual and physical healing of trauma from sexual exploitation and trafficking.

A special offering will be taken for missions in each chapel service.

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 more than 20 years, and a week devoted to missions has been part of Lee programming since the 1940s.

Lee University will host a wide range of exhibitors this year including City of Refuge and the Church of God World Missions Department, a ministry of connectivity that trains and equips missionaries to serve.

Students will have the opportunity to eat lunch with missionaries following chapel on Tuesday and Thursday in the Deacon Jones Dining Hall. Admission will be on a first come, first served basis with reservations available for the first 50 students.

All money raised from T-shirt sales, individual donations, and offerings in chapel during Missions Week will go directly to putting students on the mission field through a Lee University missions scholarship fund for students by students. Students will be able to apply directly through Campus Ministries starting in the spring 2020.

To attend the missionary lunch following the mission week chapel services, email Becky Stevens at rstevens@leeuniversity.edu.

Missions Week T-shirts are available in Lee’s Campus Ministries office for a $15 donation to the project.

Chapel services begin at 10:40 a.m. and are open to the public.

For more information, or to make a donation, visit http://www.leeuniversity.edu/missions-week/ or contact Campus Ministries at 614-8420.



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