Greenville, S.C. (August 7, 2013) – Seven Bob Jones University students traveled to Australia for a mission trip June 1-July 30. The team, led by BJU Science Division chairman George Matzko and his wife, Darlene, ministered at nine churches and a camp in Queensland and New South Wales.
The team members assisted in church services and various outreaches (nursing homes, youth groups, Bible/Science seminars, concerts, VBS, after-school Bible clubs, readers’ theatre, religious education classes in public schools, as well as preparing a camp facility for two weeks of winter camp where they served as cabin leaders and operational staff.
Deb Dahlhausen, a sophomore Special Education major from Easley, S.C.,summed up her participation on the team this way, “This summer has been the best, most challenging, eye-opening experience of my life. I didn’t realize how life changing it would be.”
Anne Marie Becker, a graduate Piano Pedagogy major from Greenville, S.C., adds, “The biggest thing the Lord taught me is to have faith that He will help me accomplish what He’s given me to do. I learned when I think, “I can’t do that” I’m actually not believing God is powerful enough, good enough, or sufficient to help me.”
“A major part of our job as team leaders,” said Dr. George Matzko , “is to ensure that the students think and journal about the experiences they have had in Australia. An unreflected experience is a lost experience.”
Beginning in 1996, BJU has sent a missions team to Australia and the Matzko’s have led the team each year. Prior to their service in Australia, the Matzko’s led a team to Nova Scotia for nine years.