Taj Pacleb Calls for AU Campus to Actively Change the World
Andrews University’s Week of Spiritual Emphasis is an opportunity for students to get closer to God. From Jan. 23 to Jan. 27, students are gathering in Pioneer Memorial Church (PMC) to hear messages from visiting speakers. This semester’s speaker is Taj Pacleb from Nanakuli, Hawaii. His theme is “World Changers,” emphasizing the importance of being agents of change in the world.
According Pacleb’s Facebook biography, Pacleb “was born and raised in the islands of Hawaii with no religious background. Taj got involved in a reckless life of drugs & partying, but his life was completely transformed at age 16 when he was invited to a Bible Prophecy Seminar. It was there that he found answers to life’s most important questions. Answers that brought freedom from fear, confusion, uncertainty and the bondage of his addictions. Since then,Taj has become a much sought after international speaker conducting seminars in Germany, France, England, India, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nigeria, Australia, New Zealand, Palau, and many other locations in the United States.”
Along with being well-traveled, Pacleb is also “a very engaging speaker,” according to Clarissa Carbungco (sophomore, fine arts).
Carbungco said, “I especially liked how he used a lot of visuals to augment his points.”
Taj delivers his message every morning at 11:30 a.m. in PMC and in the evening at 7:30 p.m. at the PMC Youth Chapel. The evening services vary with the day; while Monday emphasized the power of prayer, Tuesday and Thursday are Café Q&As—providing attendees hot chocolate and the opportunity to ask Pacleb questions, Wednesday is “Missions Mania,” and on Friday evening, Pacleb will deliver his message at University Vespers.
To promote an intentional community of prayer for the start of the spring semester, there will be students throughout the week wearing “How Can I Pray For You?” T-shirts; Andrews students are encouraged to meet with these individuals for one-on-one prayers.
Darius Bridges (freshman, architecture) said, “Week of Prayer is honestly one of the most spiritual and most influential events we have throughout the whole school year. It gives us time to spiritually and emotionally invest into God without ceasing throughout the week.”
This week is not only Week of Prayer, but also Student Missions Emphasis Week. Throughout the week, Campus Ministries will highlight the service of student missionaries. Many students have had the opportunity to travel all over the world spreading the gospel. Along with acknowledging those who have served as missionaries, they will also invite others to accept the call to serve for a year in the mission field.
Carbungco said, “I’m looking forward to what else he has to share with us for the rest of the week.”