World Opportunities Week begins MondayBy Jim Garringer Published: Nov 02, 2012
World Opportunities Week (WOW) at Taylor University will begin on Monday, November 5, and conclude Friday, November 9.
The purpose of the week is to introduce Taylor students to mission work, which includes many different areas of professional endeavor from computer programing and language translation to business skills, communications and youth work. Organizers say 52 different mission organizations will have representatives and displays in the Hodson Dining Commons for the week.
The week’s special speakers include Greg Gilbert, senior pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., and a former Islamic believer who converted to Christianity.
The theme verse is 1 John 3:18, which says, "Little children, let us not love in word or in action but in deed and in truth." According to WOW co-directors Ryan Caven and Mel Kerigan, the theme is both a challenge and a tribute to a former WOW co-director Josh Larkin, who died in April.
“At (Josh’s) memorial service, one of the things that everyone kept talking about was how Josh loved people,” said Kerigan. “When Ryan and I started to think about this more we realized how central that was to the heart of missions. You can be a missionary no matter where you are in life and one of the main ways you can show people God's love is by loving them through your actions.”