Spain has an abundant history of rich culture, and any visit is sure to reward anyone who experiences it. However, despite the unique cultural experience, Spain is in dire need of witnesses for Christ. Among Spanish citizens, while 80% claim to be Roman Catholic, only 10% actually practice Catholicism and only 3% say that religion is among their top priorities. We will be working together with a ministry called L’arcada (The Archway) in Girona, Spain to help both churches as well as individuals to continue to instill the presence of Christ throughout España through work projects, drama, music, teaching, VBS, etc.
- To create an inviting table in this ministry.
- For us to love those who are different than us, knowing know matter what our differences are, you created them and love them.
In Mexico, we will be partnering with Back2Back Ministries, focusing heavily on ministering in children homes and impoverished parts of those communities. This trip is geared towards students who are interested in brushing up on their Spanish speaking skills, working with children and poverty alleviation. Back2Back Ministries also provides opportunities for college students to intern over the summer.
- Opportunities to talk about Jesus with the kids and people of Mexico.
- Team unity.
- Safety and health.
- To be able to see Christianity and God through a different culture and language.
In Indianapolis we will primarily be serving children trapped in inner city poverty through Shepherd Community Center in their preschool and after school programs. Shepherd needs students who are willing to get their hands dirty, work one-on-one with the children in the school and after school programs, and have a deep desire to minister to members of the surrounding community. Working alongside Shepherd’s experienced staff and volunteers, students will gain a new perspective on poverty both in the classroom as well as first-hand.
- Planning for VBS.
- Learning about poverty on a more intimate level.
- Creating and fostering strong relationships with both the children and workers.
- Courage in building these connections.
On this trip we will be working with Partners Worldwide travelling to Honduras where you will be helping businesspeople grow their businesses and help increase economic development. You will learn about the business culture of your host country and provide the people with the training they need to help their businesses. This trip is specifically designed for business majors or those interested in improving fluency in the Spanish language, but if you have a specific interest in business, please contact Professor Kim Miller for further information.
- For wisdom and guidance as we prepare training materials.
- For health and safety for team members.
- For the staff of Partners Worldwide, our host organization.
- That we may be connected with the businesses that God would have us minster to.
- For the success of the business that we minister to.
- For the hearts of the business owners, that they may be open to hearing the gospel.
Who is my neighbor? Are they down the hall? Are they across the globe? Are they 14 miles away from me? Taylor University is sending a group of students to Grant County to work with St. Martin and Gethsemane Episcopal Church . Stationed in Marion, Indiana, the team will learn of the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of our literal neighbors. Anticipated activities include volunteering in local ministries, completing house projects for local families, devotionals lead by community members, and panels on relevant topics to Marion (such as reconciliation practices, sustainable living, and community development). We desire for our eyes to be opened, and for us to see Grant County as Christ does.
- That we would have compassion and selflessness when interacting with people, that we would see people how God sees them.
- That we would have the courage to step outside of our comfort zone and remember that this is not about us.
In El Salvador we will be partnering with missionaries David and Debbie Hawk in the town of Jucuapa. The type of ministry done on this trip will range from construction work based on current site needs, running ministry programs for children in schools and also working with the Hawk’s church in doing drama, puppet, and music presentations.
- We pray that God will give us divine appointments and that we become aware when they happen.
- We will be healthy, safe, and flexible throughout.
- We will go in humility and love with learning hearts and serving hands.
Students International has a unique focus on providing challenging cross-cultural experiences geared towards students through occupational ministry opportunities, and will give students the opportunity to connect to many major areas of study pertaining to ministry and meeting the needs of the people. While staying at their base in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic, you will have the opportunity to serve in a variety of settings at various locations nearby, using your specific passions and skills. Ministry site focuses include education, construction, social work, physical therapy, medical care, dental care and sports among several others.
- Please pray for the Students International missionaries and staff and their ongoing ministry in the Dominican Republic. Pray that our time with them would be a blessing and an encouragement to both them and the people they serve.
- Please pray that we would have the courage to share God’s message when we have the opportunity ad have open hearts to being vulnerable.
- Please pray that we would have energy, health, and joy in every moment we have there to give all in our service.
- Please pray that the language barrier would not hinder our ministry and that God would use us to communicate despite those barriers.
- Please pray for spiritual protection for our team and a blessing upon the work God has for us to do.