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June 13th Update

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We’re so thankful for our mentor this week, Pietro. He taught the group about the significance of learning about prophecies that are both fulfilled and waiting to be filled.


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The group had a fantastic night playing soccer and volleyball with a few locals


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Staff Spotlight

Thursday, May 09, 2024

Luke & Stacy Wills

They got married in 2016 and moved down to Atlanta Georgia soon after for Luke’s job with the Atlanta Hawks (NBA team). Have lived in Atlanta for almost 8 years now and have an amazing community surrounding us.

Two beautiful, goofy, sweet children named Ivy (6.5yo) and Asher (2.5yo). Luke has worked in the coworking industry for three years now and periodically invests and advises various businesses first starting out. Stacy homeschools and raises the kiddos full time, and is a part-time professional photographer as well.

“We are also landlords and have a very ambitious entrepreneurial mindset, stewarding our energy and finances towards advancing God’s Kingdom.”


Thursday, May 09, 2024

Seth Barnes

Seth is a follower of Jesus seeking to activate other Christ-followers to change the world. He’s a serial entrepreneur focused on faith-based solutions to our biggest problems. He is the founder of Adventures in Missions and the World Race, ministries that have started training centers around the world and sent out over 160,000 volunteers on mission since 1989. His current dream is to develop a school that combines a college education and missions without debt. He is an author and speaker, a husband to Karen and father to five children and nine grandchildren.

Mark Almand has been a co-conspirator with the Carlsons and Seth in mentoring the students of Global U.

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Italy Partners

Thursday, May 09, 2024

Simona Tropeano

Born and raised in a small village in Calabria (South of Italy ). Moved to London over 10 years ago. After a season of gnosticism and searching for the Truth, she understood who Jesus really is. It has been life-changing!

Simona’s testimony: “Ciao a tutti! In 2019, just before the pandemic exploded, I went on the World Race and the Lord opened my heart to missions and the nations, including seeing revival in my own home country!

I feel so blessed about the opportunity to join you all in Catania and to see what God will do in you and through you this summer in Italy!”

What We’re Learning

Peace in the midst of the “storm” of last minute preparations!

Prayer Requests & Reports

  • Shania needs a breakthrough with her sub-leaser.
  • Students’ fundraising.
  • Lysen as she leads our curiosity-based learning initiative.
  • Stacy is healthy!  Thank you for your prayers.

What’s Ahead

We meet at the airport in NYC next week, fly to Rome, then drive to training camp.

We will ELEVATE students to a higher level in each of the following areas

  • Self awareness

  • Self-discipline

  • Biblical Worldview

  • Community Skills

  • Leadership Skills

  • Personal life plan

  • Deeper relationship with Christ

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