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Logsdon Students and Faculty Travel to Greece for Spring Break


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.

“Logsdon 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.

Kati Bewley, a dual-degree program student in Logsdon Seminary, said she viewed the trip as a once in a lifetime experience.

“I never 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.

Bewley added that she enjoyed working with the Albanian people and experiencing their culture as well as the Greek culture.

In addition 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 discrimination.

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.

“Flexibility 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.”

Bewley said she appreciated the fellowship and camaraderie built during the trip. 

“I would 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.