It was a passion of mine and being able to see different parts of the world and see different people around the world and be able to share the gospel through our lives and what we’re passionate about. Getting to grow in your faith, getting to know yourself better getting to help people that can’t help themselves and just hearing different stories about brokenness but also about grace and you just learn so much more about who God is and what His desire for His people are. My name is Emily Wood and I graduated from Samford May of 2015. I was part of the first class to participate in the Global Mission Scholars Program, so I joined my freshman year and it was really incredible to get to see it evolve and see the new students who came in who really completed the program It’s a community that supports this call and its people that are similar to you share the same interests and passions and it’s a community that not only provides funds for doing it but the support you in prayer and leadership and guidance. It’s awesome that I can come to a Christian school that supports me helps me grow and it’s just there to have my back because it’s really hard to find people in the world that are like-minded and understand that you want to go overseas and to just have that support system is just huge The faculty that are involved with the program are amazingly dedicated and they love the students that are there so you have one-on-ones with them on a schedule so you get to meet with them and they talk about your life and where you’re going and what you want to do and their encouragement really is the last kick to kind of get you on the field after you graduate and get you prepared completely for that. We have people that are studying nursing or business or education. Also just pairs with your major really well to potentially go overseas and work in your vocation use what you’re going to do on the day to day to help share the gospel. Over the summer I spent two months in Kenya teaching at a school for orphans, through GMS and that just was an incredible experience because it perfectly lines up with what I want to do when I graduate because I’m an education major but it also incorporated the missions aspect which was fantastic Going overseas is an expensive thing airplane tickets are not cheap and especially for college students that the opportunities can be limited but to have a program like GMS that literally hands you money to go kind of explore this call that I think several students at Samford feel. Yeah it’s a match made in heaven, it’s a gift it’s really is too good to be true in a lot of ways. I encourage you to apply, to write emails to students to say hey what do you know about this program ask questions get to know it and I hope that Samford becomes your home and if it does I hope that the global missions program is a great blessing to you as it has been to me.