Global Life Director Aimee Selby believes her college students benefit from cross-cultural learning – especially when the globe becomes their classroom.
Imagine a college experience where the world becomes your classroom.
Imagine a global experience in which students develop skills in their related fields of study: church planting, teaching English, business administration, human development, medical clinics, prayer meetings, children’s programs, and more.
Through Life Pacific’s Global Life department, students engage the globe in transformative ways, according to Global Life Director Aimee Selby.
Four of the seven cross-cultural experiences planned for students during the 2018-19 school year involve new partnerships for Life Pacific.
"Innovation and collaboration have always been part of Global Life at Life Pacific, they say, pointing to impressive participation of 87 people (66 students, six staff, and 15 friends of the college) in Global Life trips in the past year alone."
This year, Aimee says Global Life has exciting short-term trips lined up including a tour of Egypt, Jordan, and the Holy Land called, “From Moses to Jesus;” teaching self-defense classes for women and children living in refugee camps on Lesvos Island in Greece; and missional business models working with Surfing the Nations in Hawaii.
Wherever students may travel, Aimee is committed to providing them with “crosscultural educational opportunities that challenge them to experience transformative growth.”
One of the strengths of the Life Pacific approach to Global Life is the existing Foursquare Network with global workers in every country students want to visit. “We greatly value our partnership with Foursquare Missions International and will continue to pursue growing and strengthening this partnership as we reassess our approach to Global Life,” Aimee says.
Aimee’s love for people of the world was instilled in her by several mentors including her grandparents, longtime Foursquare ministers Glenn and Norma Metzler. “They taught me what it looks like to serve the Lord and His people,” Aimee says. Pastor Kimerly Dirmann modeled for Aimee how to mentor young leaders and former Life Pacific professor April Westbrook showed her how to intentionally and relationally invest in the lives of her students.
“These leaders helped equip me for the role I have stepped into,” Aimee says. “For me, Global Life lies at the intersection of all of my passions: students, culture, experiential training and mobilization, and the field.”
Jenna Spolar serves Aimee as Global Life assistant, a role she has filled for three years working alongside former director Karen Tremper. “We have seen God work through our teams as Life Pacific students have lived and served with Foursquare field personnel in 14 nations,” Jenna says. “I look forward to what God will do through Global Life this year and in the years to come.”
Aimee and Jenna say the Bible inspires them personally and informs the work they do with Life Pacific students and our global partners. These verses in particular form the basis of Global Life values: Abiding, John 15:4-5; Character/discipleship, Galatians 5:22-23 and Ephesians 4:2-6; Service, Philippians 2:3-16; Community, Colossians 3:12-15; Training as Jesus modeled training of the 12; and Disciple-making, Matthew 28:18-20.
Innovation and collaboration have always been part of Global Life at Life Pacific, they say, pointing to impressive participation of 87 people (66 students, six staff, and 15 friends of the college) in Global Life trips in the past year alone.
The Global Life department will use the current academic year as Life Pacific transitions from college to university to assess existing study abroad/away programs and international internships with an eye toward broadening Global Life in the future.
In the meantime, Aimee is excited about the experiences lined up for LPC students this year, cross-cultural opportunities that immerse students in learning, working, and serving internationally as they find their place in God’s world and make the globe their personal classroom.
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