A group of students
and faculty from HSU’s Logsdon Seminary and School of Theology spent Spring
Break on a 12-day learning experience in Greece.
Led by Dr.
Ken Lyle, Professor of New Testament and Greek at Logsdon Seminary, and Dr.
Randall Maurer, Professor of Psychology and Family Ministry a Logsdon Seminary,
the nine Logsdon Seminary graduate students and two HSU undergraduate students
explored Athens, Corinth, Sounios, Poros, Aegina, and Hydra.
Seminary has been a Porta (The Albania House in Athens) partner since 2010,”
said Lyle. “This is our seventh trip to Athens in as many years. More than
70 Logsdon students have visited Athens, and worked with the ministries of
Porta and other ministries in Athens. We go primarily as observers and
learners. We have the great privilege of working alongside ministry
professionals who provide our students a unique view of cross-cultural
missions. In addition, we get to visit significant archeological sites
that relate to the history of the New Testament era and the early church.”
For Maurer, this year’s voyage was his first to Greece and
provided a unique opportunity.
“I have been
looking forward to this trip at least since last year when I spoke with the
students just as they were getting ready to leave for Greece,” said Maurer.
He said the
group enjoyed meeting missionaries and having a small part in helping them
minister to the Albanian immigrants in Athens.
Tyler Gurley, one of the two HSU undergraduate students on
the trip, said he was excited to have had the opportunity to study abroad.
“I am excited
to simply be in the geographical places that I have read about and heard about
all my life,” he said.
a dual-degree program student in Logsdon Seminary, said she viewed the trip as
a once in a lifetime experience.
dreamed I would be taking a trip to Greece and growing God’s Kingdom. I feel
honored and humbled that God has given me this opportunity,” she said.
that she enjoyed working with the Albanian people and experiencing their
culture as well as the Greek culture.
to the Abilene contingent, the group was joined by Bob and Janice Newell,
retired CBF field personnel. The couple founded PORTA in 2007 to provide a
place of encouragement, personal development and cultural appreciation and
Christian care for Albanians, whose mass influx to Greece in the 1990s led to
The trip satisfied requirements for classes BIBL 6099, Paul’s Aegean Experience, and FMIN
6099, Counseling and Conflict
Management in the Context of Greece.
Each student completed some coursework while on the trip.
is the key to an enjoyable trip,” said Lyle. “We also want the student to
remember that this is Spring Break; they need to take time to rest and enjoy
some of their free time.”
she appreciated the fellowship and camaraderie built during the trip.
have never had this opportunity had I not attended Logsdon, and I want to take
full advantage of the wonderful possibilities God has in store for our entire
group,” Bewley added.