Photo: Yvonne Harold, one of 10 students headed for Greece, gets final details in last meeting at Logsdon School of Theology
A group of Hardin-Simmons University and Logsdon Seminary students will take in the Apostle Paul’s Aegean experience in ancient Athens, Greece, during a spring break trip leaving from the campus Thursday, March 6, 2014.
This is the fifth time Dr. Ken Lyle, HSU professor of New Testament and Greek in the Logsdon School of Theology and Logsdon Seminary, has taken students enrolled in Bible and missions courses to the ancient city. There, students work with Bob and Janice Newell, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship personnel, who work with and help to teach Albanians living in Athens.
Lyle, who is also director of the Master of Divinity program at HSU’s Logsdon Seminary, will lead his students across southern parts of Greece, giving primary attention to the experience of visiting Athens, Corinth, and the Attic Peninsula.
“I really relate to Paul,” said Yvonne Harold, a student studying for a Master of Divinity degree from Logsdon Seminary. “I want the opportunity to see the Bible come alive. For me, this trip is a dream-come-true as I connect with the scriptures.”
Students will stay in central Athens near the Acropolis, visiting the Parthenon, the Agora, Mars Hill, the Acropolis Museum, the ancient city of Corinth, and many other historic sites.
“The students will experience both the ancient and the modern. They will get a chance to see missions and church work in a different context,” said Lyle.
Students will devote a significant part of their time serving with mission groups in Athens, including PORTA, a mission to Albanian immigrants; Nea Zoe, a ministry to women in Athens; and students will be helping members of the 2nd Evangelical Church of Athens in various ministries.
“The students will be able to imagine what it might have been like for Paul to enter into an unfamiliar city with the goal of sharing the Gospel,” said Lyle. “They will meet and work with 21st century versions of Paul who have planted themselves in the modern city of Athens to share the good news with Albanians and Greeks.”
“I never thought I would be able to do anything like this,” said Harold, explaining that her Christian education has been a defining event in her life and in her growth. “I’ve learned of a whole new world and my way of thinking is changing as a result of my education.”
The group of ten students leaves from the Logsdon parking lot March 6, and returns March 18, 2014, from the ten-day study.