In May 2022, the Julius Olsen Honors Program will be returning to Greece after a couple of years of having to cancel the highly anticipated trip due to COVID-19.
There will be 26 students flying to Europe in a few weeks to embark on a memorable educational experience. “I am so excited to finally be going. So many of us have been wanting to go since our freshman year, but sadly that was in 2020 right when COVID hit and everything was canceled,” said Raegan White, a junior theatre stage management major from Keller.
“We have such an amazing group going, and I can’t wait to experience the wonders and history of the city with them and with Dr. Copeland this May,” White said.
But they are not the only ones traveling to Europe this summer. The Baptist Student Ministry is partnering with Go Now Missions to send two Hardin-Simmons University students to Greece this June.
Keziah Chacko, a junior social work major from Keller, and Sydney Graff, a junior nursing major from Frisco, will be working with other Texas BSM students in Athens for 10 days. The group will be serving in one of the most unique central districts, Kipseli, which functions as Europe’s eastern gateway to surrounding countries, making it a densely populated urban district to over 100 nationalities and home to thousands of refugees and migrants.
“We will participate in taking refugee children out of camps and spend the day pouring love, grace, and hope into their lives,” wrote Sydney Graff. “We will host international meals and serve refugees on the fringe of society throughout the city. We will also get the opportunity to pray through some of the red-light districts of Greece, since prostitution is still legal there.”
“We have been praying and preparing diligently for this mission trip,” said Keziah Chacko. “I am super excited the Lord has blessed Sydney and me with this opportunity to serve and worship in cross cultures. It’s not going to be easy. There will actually be a lot of Ukrainian refugees too after the recent invasion of their country, so we’re just praying the Lord can graciously use us as His hands and feet.”
The Go Now Missions trip to Greece will be from June 6 through June 16. Each student is required to raise over $3,000 for the trip. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, visit https://gonowmissions.com/give and click the “donate” button under “Give toward a local BSM campus goal.” Fill out the instructions on the page and remember to select “I’m giving to support a specific student missionary” and in the comments write either “Keziah Chacko” or “Sydney Graff.”