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Service agencies attend ETBU Mission Marketplace

By Austin King aking@marshallnewsmessenger.com
Nov. 5, 2013 at 10 p.m.


More than 30 mission service agencies had representatives visit East Texas Baptist University Monday evening for the college's annual Mission Marketplace.

The goal of the evening was to educate ETBU students on the numerous mission agencies that students can participate in, from local to international.

"At Mission Marketplace we had displays from over 30 mission agencies and service organizations," said Dr. Lisa Seeley, director of ETBU's Great Commission Center. "We had local, state, national and intercontinental missions attend. We wanted students to expand their knowledge on missions."

Mission Marketplace has been held at ETBU for numerous years now. Seeley estimates that roughly 130 students visited the annual event in Key's Gymnasium.

"We have partnerships with many of the agencies that visited," Seeley said. "We invited them to come and we set everything up for them. We had planned for this since early summer."

The annual event is hosted under the university's Great Commission Center, which aids students in getting involved and becoming leaders in volunteer work and community service around the world. Every year the Great Commission Center hosts programs such as Mission Marketplace to give students opportunities to learn and participate.

"We want students to get involved in missions in their community while going to college," Seeley said. "Hopefully they will transfer their service to their post-college life. We also wanted students to find ways they can serve and learn and talk with people who have worked with these agencies. It opens their eyes to their options."

With the end of the fall semester drawing near, the Great Commission Center has no further events until next year.

"In the spring semester, we'll invite the schools to bring their younger students to learn about other nations," Seeley said. "We'll have students from foreign counties and retired missionaries speak about their experiences and other countries."

For more information on ETBU's Great Commission Center, call (903) 923-2175.

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