Computer Science Professor Eric Straw and three other technically-minded men will engage a summer mission opportunity by servicing missionary laptops in Sopron, Hungary. Joining with Greater Europe Mission (GEM) at their annual conference, the Tech Team will resolve technical distractions for the missionaries; thereby, contributing to the success of their work. Excited team members are Eric Straw (Assoc. Prof. & ’00 BOL), Corey Keating (Adjunct Prof., computer science & math), Chris Roberts (’05), and Joel Martini (’11).
Corban’s Tech Team departs for Vienna, Austria on Aug. 3. After sightseeing on Aug. 5, they continue to Sopron for the GEM conference Aug. 6-10. On Aug. 11, they fly home.
Professor Eric Straw identifies with GEM’s vision in Europe, where only two percent of Europeans are born-again Christians. Over 300 missionaries serve in 28 countries through a variety of long-term and short-term ministries like church planting, English instruction, camp staffing, youth work, construction and maintenance, music ministry, and more. For information about GEM, see their website at www.gemission.org.
During the GEM conference, which brings their missionaries and staff together for fellowship, training, and worship, the attendees will be able to bring their laptops to the Tech Team for repairs and upgrades. From e-mailing and sharing pictures with homeland supporters to producing advertisements for events, glitch-free systems equip the missionaries for efficiency and effectiveness. Straw says, “Think of the impact! By solving their computer problems we will enable the missionaries to spend more time building relationships and spreading the gospel.”
Straw relayed, “To know that God can use our skill set to impact the spread of the gospel is incredible.” Honored team members have set up a blog for prayer support and to encourage other Christians to serve with their own God-given skill sets. Follow their journey at thehungaryproject.blogspot.com.