Throughout the school year, Lee University students join together with co-sponsor Church of God World Missions to focus on special projects where they can be of service and make a difference in the world. Since 1991, one week each year has been set as “Dee Lavender Missions Week.” The 2018-2019 Missions Week is October 1-5, 2018. A variety of ministries and missionaries are invited from across the country to speak in classes and display booths/exhibits so students and faculty can experience a variety of organizations in which they may become involved for summer projects and/or following graduation. The chapel services for the week will focus on the 2018 missions project, the Smoky Mountain Children's Home in Sevierville, Tennessee.

It seems the most profitable fundraiser among the students are t-shirts. A new t-shirt/design is presented to the students at the beginning of each year to raise the awareness level of the established missions project. They are then given the option throughout the school year of purchasing one or more of the t-shirts with all the profits going toward the missions project.

See “Past Projects” to view the missionaries, ministries, and countries where Lee has helped to make a difference over the past 27 years! The numbers have reached well over $450,000.

Often times the Office of Campus Ministries will plan a missions trip to visit the site and ministry of the country for which they are raising money. Students can find out more information about the current projects by contacting our office.

Missions Week Exhibitors

During missions week each year, it is our goal to give the students at Lee University opportunities to become familiar with a variety of para-church organizations and missionaries*. If your organization would like the opportunity to present through an exhibit display or in a classroom and meet some awesome students in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee during the near-peak season, please complete the registration form and plan to join us this fall.

Several of your meals will be provided to say “thank you” for joining us. Also, please note that area lodging information is provided for your convenience. We are excited to have ministry guests with us and will be glad to help you in any way that we can.

For more information and forms, click the links below:

*Please note this week will not be an opportunity for any fundraising except for the annual LU Missions Project.

Please send an email to Campus Ministries with your contact information if you would like to add your organization to our mailing list for next year.

Mission History

Missions Week started out as a missions club in 1939 at BTS and became the Missionary Society in 1941 at Lee College. It appears that with the growth of the school and the broadening of training opportunities to include a liberal arts curriculum, there evolved a special week called “Missions Week.” This was probably instituted in the late forties or early fifties.

In 1992 “Missions Week” was renamed “Dee Lavender Missions Week”, and continues in that same manner today as students are challenged to obey the great commission and many continue to joyfully respond. It is the desire of the leadership to present evangelism as the greatest vocation in all of life and that we are all trained to touch our world for Christ.

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