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While many Coeds were in their dorm rooms plugging in
curling irons early every Friday evening, their male counter-
parts were fueling their cars in preparation for a trip to a
restaurant or a show.
At the same time. someone flicked on the lights in Rober-
son Chapel and started to push chairs into one part of the
room. Another person wandered in, and the two began to
talk. Then another came in and another until the room was
full of laughing, hugging, chatting people who eventually
took their places on the floor and started to sing.
It was 6121 p.m., time for Mission Outreach to begin.
After the singing the program might have included a film
or slide show about missions, a talk by a missionary returned
or on leave from his field. reports from student campaigns,
prayer groups, or a period for writing to missionaries. The
activities were diverse but were unified in their purpose:
"arousing mission awareness," said Gaston Tarbet, Mission
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lenged for some kind of specific involvement," Tarbet said,
listing campaigns, the Missionary Apprentice Resource
Korps and career mission work as types of involvement.
A statement drawn up by Mission Outreach members a
few years ago read, "Mission Outreach exists to create an
awareness of Gods desire for His world that pervades cam-
pus life and to provide a source of challenging opportunities,
information and channels to fulfill that desire in an at-
mosphere of spiritual fellowship, edification, affirmation and
The students who attended the weekly meetings said that
Mission Outreach fulfilled its goals. Keith Gafner, a
graduate student from Bitton, Mich., said, "I love it because
of the fellowship and because the people there have an at-
titude of reaching out to other people through evangelism
After attending Mission Outreach one time when the pro-
gram was devoted to prayer, Susan Lawrence, a freshman
from Houston, said, "It made me feel really good. To me it
was more than just a devotional, it was a lot more personal
. . . I'm just mad I didn't find out about it before."
Shaun McDonnell, a senior from Beamsville, Ontario,
Canada, and his wife,joyce, had attended Mission Outreach
for three yearsjoyce said Mission Outreach changes people
who have lived in the Bible Belt all their lives.
"People who go can't help but have their eyes opened,
and then perhaps their hearts are touched to try to move
where the church is smallfjoyce said.
Mission Outreach sponsored retreats and organized an In-
ternational Taster's Banquet each semester. Other Mission
Outreach activities included sponsoring trips to the World
Mission Workshop each fall, sending students to national
and international missions conferences, writing to MARK
students and assisting with Spring Break Campaigns. This
year some Mission Outreach members helped open the ACU
campaign to Lubbock Christian College students, Those
members hoped to help LCC students start their own cam-
paigns, said Bruce Woodall, sophomore from Sulphur
Springs and Mission Outreach leader in the spring.
He said his goal for Mission Outreach was to make it an
activity everyone on campus could identify with. He called
Mission Outreach a time for fellowship, inspiration,
challenge and building of purpose. And, to Mission
Outreach members, the time for increasing missions
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