World Outreach Week brings passion for missions

Friday, October 5, 2012


Since its founding in 1935, Corban University has offered many opportunities for outreach and evangelism. Because of this, hundreds of alumni have served on the full-time mission field around the world.

This effort continued Oct. 22 – 26 with the 77th annual World Outreach Week event on the Salem, Ore. campus. Throughout the week, 19 mission organizations reached out to students in an effort to educate them about opportunities for both short and long-term missions and the challenges and rewards of such mission work.

The theme of World Outreach Week was “No Reserves, No Retreats, No Regrets.” This theme was based on the life and legacy of William Borden who gave up great wealth, but died at age 25 on his way to reach Muslims in China.

Throughout the week, students had opportunities to meet with missionaries during lunchtime forums and in their classrooms. CrossWorld president Dale Losch challenged students to become disciple-makers during three chapel services and evening events.

World Outreach Week is organized by True North Corps, a student group with a passion for worldwide evangelism. This was the third year that TrueNorth member Jacob Bowdoin was involved with WOW and he said the impact on the Corban community was evident throughout the week.

“Our task as a team was to do the best job possible of providing connection opportunities between students and missionaries,” Bowdoin said. "From that point, we left the success of the week in God's hands, because it is only through His working in hearts that the week would have any purpose.” Paul Johnson, assistant professor of intercultural studies, said Corban student were not only engaged, but taking action.

“Today in chapel 25 students indicated that, God willing, they are planning on being cross-cultural missionaries after graduation from Corban,” he said. “God truly answered our prayers and used this week for His glory.”

The next World Outreach Week is scheduled Oct. 21-25, 2013 and will include chapel speaker Dr. George Murray, chancellor of Columbia International University and former executive director of The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM).

Represented Mission Organizations:

ABWE – Association of the Baptists for World Evangelism

Action International

Cadence International

Camino Global



ELIC – English Language Institute/China

MAF – Mission Aviation Fellowship

New Tribes Mission

OMF International – Overseas Mission Fellowship

SEE – Saints Equipped to Evangelize

Send International

SIM – Serving In Mission

TEAM – The Evangelical Alliance Mission

Village Missions

World Team

World Venture

Wycliffe Bible Translators

Youth For Christ

  • Corban freshman Sarah Rodgers talks to a representative from Send International during World Outreach Week in Oct. 2012.

  • Missionaries from various organizations speak to a class about the challenges and benefits of global missions.

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