2020 GO Week Emphasizes Love Over Fear

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“I remember once being in a very remote indigenous village where one had to have permission of the chief to enter. Getting there required driving down a dry creek bed for many miles. I was assured that I was very special because few outsiders were ever granted access to the village. So, it was surprising the next morning to hear a large truck slowly coming down the creek bed toward the village. ‘Who’s coming to the village in such a truck?’ I asked. ‘Oh, that’s the Coca-Cola truck, it comes every Tuesday,’ was the reply.

“While Coke has reached the far corners of the earth, sadly the Gospel has not. Some of the most gospel-destitute places on our planet today are in Muslim dominated lands. They are unreached because they are hard, they are resistant, they are often unwelcoming, and they are spiritually lost. Our focus for this year’s GO Week is Islam. The chapel speaker is Jonathan, a missionary to an unreached people in a Muslim majority nation. Jonathan embodies our theme for this week which comes from 2 Timothy 1:7, ‘Not Fear, But Love.’ I pray that our love for Muslims will grow this week and we will develop a passion for loving them, serving them, and leading them to our Savior.” — Mark Vowels, Center for Global Opportunities director


In addition to the chapel messages, students will have an option of which breakout sessions to attend on Tuesday and Thursday. This year’s breakout sessions will cover a wide array of topics and will include speakers from around the world. Whether your goal is to gain a basic understanding of Islam or to learn better how to pray for Muslims or even to learn how to reach them stateside, there is a workshop for you. There will also be workshops for using business as missions. The wide variety of speakers and topics will provide everyone an opportunity to learn and increase their burden for Muslims in our backyard and all around the world.

Community Outreach Fair

Several student events have been scheduled for GO Week as well. For the first time, we will include the Community Outreach Fair as a part of GO Week. On Monday, from 3–5 p.m., organizations and churches will gather on the Palmetto Green to present opportunities for ministry and community involvement. This is one of the best ways to find creative and engaging opportunities to have an impact during your time as a BJU student. Also, we will have drawings for several gift card giveaways for all students who come and participate.

Mission Team and Study Abroad Meetings

GO Week will also introduce our 2021 summer trips. This includes mission team interest meetings and Study Abroad & Study USA course meetings.  The mission team meetings will take place Monday from 7–8 p.m. and Tuesday from 5–6 p.m. These meetings will be divided into two informational sessions, 25 minutes each, so that you may attend meetings for two different teams per night.

Study Abroad & Study USA course meetings will meet Thursday from 7–8:30 p.m. These will give you the opportunity to meet with the professors and receive details for summer courses. All meetings will take place in the Alumni building. More information can be found on the CGO website at www.bjucgo.com/goweek.

Prayer Rally

GO Week will culminate in a student lead prayer rally in front of Rodeheaver Auditorium.  From 7–8 a.m., you can join your fellow students in unified prayer for the conversion of Muslims all around the world. We may not be able to go and change the world next week, but we can join together to pray to the God who can and will.