Agapé UK is meeting the needs of people around the world, working with a number of international partners. This includes our humanitarian work with the Global Aid Network (GAiN), and the wider activities of the Agape Europe and Cru global networks.
We offer short-term projects to far-flung destinations, and opportunities to go overseas longer term. Find out more below.
Exploring your questions about going global...
Overwhelming, isn’t it? So much so, that many people just try to block it out and not think about it. Did you know that the word amusement means not thinking? A-muse-ment – a choice to check out. But if you are one of those, like us, who likes to live with eyes wide open and in truth, the grim reality of the world can be crushing. Sex trafficking, homelessness, refugees drowning trying to escape the horrors of war… what can one person do?
It might seem like your activity is a pointless drop in the ocean, but that is not true. One person can make a lot of difference – in fact it is usually one person who does make a difference. Consider Rosa Parks, William Wilberforce, Billy Graham… and there are usually key figures behind the key figures, who encouraged and mentored them. You never know the difference you could make! Even if your impact is not recognised on a grand scale, your actions can make a huge impact in the lives of the individuals you touch. Loren Eiseley wrote the famous “Starfish Story” to illustrate this fact:
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?” The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.” “Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…” I made a difference for that one.”
The hope that Jesus offers is one that transcends culture and nation states; it has the potential to bring healing and peace, on a global scale, that nothing else in the world can! In the Gospel of Matthew in the Bible, Jesus’ very last words to His followers were an appeal to them to share this hope, not just with their friends and family around them, but with the whole world!
As the UK arm of an international Christian charity, with a presence in over 190 countries around the world, there are plenty of opportunities to go overseas with Agapé UK. For Christian students who would like a short-term experience (2-4 weeks) of what it’s like to help students from other cultures explore faith, Global Projects are the perfect answer.
Perhaps you are a Christian student who is considering spending a semester, or more, of your degree programme studying overseas. Agapé UK Study Abroad can connect you with local teams working with students in universities all over the world. We can also give you practical and cross-cultural training and connect you with a virtual coach in the UK to support you during your time overseas.
Or maybe you are about to graduate, or you’re just someone who loves talking with students about the deeper questions in life. Do you have a particular nation or people group in your heart, or to whom you feel led? If you’re considering the possibility of ‘going’ for a longer period of time, our Global Sending opportunities STINT (9-12 month Short-Term INTernational assignments) could be just what you are looking for!
Are you given the opportunity to study abroad as part of your university or college degree? Perhaps you’re a foreign language student, preparing for your year studying abroad, or you’ve just discovered that your university offers an exchange programme.
Agapé UK has developed a programme to support Christian students to make the most of this great opportunity, not just to further your own education overseas, but to help students in your new university, in a new culture, explore faith too!
Agapé has a presence in over 190 countries across the world, so we’ll try to connect you with an existing local Agapé student team in the place where you’ll be studying, and we’ll provide you with an experienced coach in the UK, who will train and support you during your time overseas. You’ll receive support in learning to live in an new culture as well as information and resources that can help people discover Jesus together. Agapé UK Study Abroad is an opportunity for you to learn skills that will be relevant for you whilst you are studying abroad but will also last a lifetime!
Jesus’ final words to His followers were an encouragement for them to go and share the good news about His resurrection – about His victory over evil and death – with the whole world! As a study abroad student, you are in a unique position to be a part of this, and we, at Agapé UK, are excited to support you as you go!