Student Volunteer Summit: igniting students' passion for the nations

Lane Koch, Staff Writer

 A statue outside North Greenville University's Craft Hemphill building.

A statue outside North Greenville University's Craft Hemphill building.

On Oct. 8 students from universities across the southeast will gather in Lawrenceville, Ga. for the Student Volunteer Summit (SVS), an event held annually as a time of prayer and discipleship, hoping to ignite a passion for missions in the hearts of college students.

The summit was begun in light of the Student Volunteer Movement, started in 1886 by Dwight L. Moody. He was a well-known evangelist at the time and wanted to encourage the upcoming generation in fulfilling the Great Commission.

The movement began when Moody called a conference of 250 university students to Mt. Hermon, Mass. to hear evangelists preach and teach the Word of God. The conference revealed the will of God for many of the student’s lives.  Because of their response to God’s calling on their lives, a movement began across the nation with 20,000 university students eventually committing their lives to missions with the watchword, “The Evangelization of the World in this Generation." 

Today, the SVS hope to mirror the conference that God used so powerfully and to lead a new generation in completing the mission of finishing the task of world evangelization.

 Nikki Clifton, Associate Director of Cross Cultural Engagement and Global Leadership

Nikki Clifton, Associate Director of Cross Cultural Engagement and Global Leadership

Nikki Clifton, the Associate Director of the Center for Cross Cultural Engagement and Global Leadership at North Greenville University said, “It will definitely be a time for them [students] to experience the movement of God with people their age. It will be powerful for them to feel the heart God has for the nations in the a corporate worship setting.”

North Greenville students are welcome to attend the conference on Oct. 8-10 at IHOP in Lawrenceville, Ga. beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free and can be ordered at the SVS site. Food is provided free at the event for those with a ticket. Parking will also be provided as well.