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Honors class visits Voice of the Martyrs
May 7, 2014
Students in the Global Impact class, an honors class at Sterling College, traveled to Wichita and Oklahoma at the end of April to see how other groups of Christians are addressing the issues of suffering throughout the world.
The group of eight students traveled to Wichita first, where they met with the staff at Hospitals of Hope, an organization involved in medical missions work around the world.
“[The people at Hospitals of Hope] are a good example of people who wanted to make a difference at a global level and have been able to do so. That is the real importance of what we are doing in this course. The hope is that students will think about how their life’s work has a global dimension. How can they think about how they will be involved at a larger level than simply locally or even nationally,” said Dr. Daniel Julich, assistant professor of history and government.
The honors class continued to Bartlesville, Okla., home of Voice of the Martyrs, a nonprofit Christian organization dedicated to give practical and spiritual help to the persecuted church. At a chapel service, staff members shared stories with the students about how Jesus Christ and His message are reaching people in countries where Christianity is illegal.
“At Voice of the Martyrs, we were fortunate to hear the testimonies of [pastors from a Muslim-dominated country]. The church in the Muslim world is suffering, but growing and vibrant. Every Christian needs to know about our brothers and sisters who don't have the comforts and freedoms we have,” said Senior Benji Mast, of Partridge, K