Tonight we had Globalscope Café! Globalscope is just like CCF, but in a different country. Students are able to intern abroad in different countries and be a part of the culture there. It's a great way to share God's love and learn more about yourself and a new country.
Dessert was make your own milkshakes. Each table represented a different country and held several different toppings from those countries to be mixed into ice cream. It was delicious, and we discovered that mini churros are really good!
The talk carried this theme of going out into the world, with a focus on 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12.
These words come from a person who lived life with and really loved the people of Thessalonica well. As Jeremy said, Paul's intention was to share his life and the love of God.
We also got to hear from four students who followed in Paul's footsteps. They took the steps to reach out to areas with which they weren't comfortable, and they shared their stories tonight.
First, we heard from Jancy Durrence. Jancy was inspired by the quote: "Ships are safe in the harbor, but that's not what ships were made for." She made the decision to Globalscope at The Garden in Australia the very first semester it was opened, the fall of 2017. Many of the students who visited The Garden weren't even interested in learning about Jesus. Jancy shared how this was a new but incredibly eye-opening experience. Through this, she was able to see how faith and love are shown through how you live your life; it's not about words, but actions. She also shared how coming back was difficult and frustrating: it felt like she had hit an all-time spiritual low. She explained that any faith that hasn't flatlined has its highs and lows, and this was an important lesson that she learned through her experience in Globalscope.
Next, Walker shared his Globalscope story. Walker went abroad to Uruguay the fall of 2018. He shared that he actually prayed that God would make him uncomfortable as he was making the trip to Uruguay. He realized that having a future where you have complete control and one where God has complete control are mutually exclusive -- it's not possible to have both. Walker told us that he learned that ministry is using what you love to do life with the people around you. He also gave some sound advice: "put your heart into whatever you love and the people you do it with, especially in groups outside of CCF." It's important that people beyond CCF experience the love that we get to within the CCF house. Walker concluded by relating his story back to Paul's: he learned what it was like to be in a place for a short amount of time but come to truly love the people around him.
Elyse Martin was the next student that we heard from, and she talked about her experience Globalscoping in Thailand. Elyse had a very different experience from Jancy and Walker. She was incredibly homesick the first couple weeks there, and at most of the events that happened, there weren't a lot of students who participated -- sometimes as few as two would show up. When traveling overseas specifically to do ministry, this can be seen as frustrating or not worthwhile, but Elyse had a much more positive take to this situation. She shared how she was able to reach out to a student by tutoring him. She explained that God had literally sent her across the world just to give this student love. As Elyse said, "God is a God of big things, but he's also a God of small things, and those things matter just as much." Even though Elyse had many fears coming into this experience, she learned that fears show us what we need to learn about God and the people around us.
Finally, we got to hear Karen Herrera-Teague's story. Karen had sort of a flipped situation from the other Jancy, Walker, and Elyse; she moved here from Mexico, and she shared what her experience with this was like over the last 5 years. Karen was able to find a new home here in the United States. She pointed out that even though the environment was completely different from what she was used to, she was still able to find a community that she could call home. She also learned that no matter where you go or what you do, you can always be yourself. Karen was able to share her life and love with the people here, and she explained how when she moves to Washington at the end of May, that she knows she will be able to do the same thing there. God made us to be people who live our lives with each other, and this was exactly Karen's experience after moving here from Mexico.
The common thread among these stories is sharing life. The Bible shows us the picture of God coming to dwell with us, and this is what we should strive to do with the people around us, as well. God works through people and experience. This boils down to verse 8 from the passage we discussed today:
Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.
If you would like more information on Globalscope, many of our interns have Globalscoped and would love to answer your questions! You can also visit https://www.cmfi.org/explore/who-is-cmf/university-student-communities/ .