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Carolyn Sykora participates in missions trip to Europe

GREENVILLE — Carolyn Sykora joined twenty-three other Bob Jones University students and graduates under the leadership of Drs. William and Janie McCauley comprised the Musical Mission Team that gave concerts and Gospel messages throughout Europe May 20 – July 26. These musicians were members of a choir and instrumental ensemble that performed more than 60 concerts in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.

Sykora, a resident of Bloomer, is a 2013 graduate of Bob Jones University. She received a BMus in Church Music and is now pursuing a graduate degree.

The team was hosted by national churches and missions organizations. Their widely publicized concerts were performed in churches, concert halls, hospitals and elder-care facilities as well as various outdoor venues. In each country the team performed traditional church music in the language of the people as well as early American hymns in English.

Luke Seelenbinder, a junior computer science major from Greenville, S.C. said, “I had an incredible opportunity to see the Body of Christ in action as we visited many churches of varying sizes, types, and convictions. Among the diversity, I consistently saw the crux of the church: a steady eye focused on the truth of God’s Word. The greatest moments were fellowshipping, learning, and growing with fellow believers in ways that transcended opinion, race, language, and age. I watched Christ build His church.”

The team was composed of a wide variety of students – from nine states and two countries – majoring in Bible, history, computer science, education, music, science and humanities. The group’s 10,000-mile journey within Europe began and ended in Geneva, Switzerland.

The 2013 trip marked the 23rd summer of ministry in Europe for the BJU Musical Mission Team and the McCauleys. More than 40 former members of the team now serve internationally in missions.

Located in Greenville, S.C., Bob Jones University is a biblically faithful, liberal arts university focused on educating the whole person to reflect and serve Christ. BJU offers a unique blend of rigorous academic programs, discipleship, and character and leadership development. We are committed to the truth of Scripture and to pursuing excellence in all we do.

BJU provides over 70 undergraduate and graduate programs in religion, education, fine arts and communication, arts and science, and business. BJU has approximately 3,500 students from every state and over 40 countries.