Carlie Brandt, senior elementary education major, Aubrey Tavares, sophomore intercultural studies/Spanish major, Kayla DeLeon, junior criminal justice/Spanish major and Dana John, junior elementary education major, are shown here with children in Rio Bravo, Mexico. Nate Leibel, senior elementary education major (not pictured), led the team of MNU students.
Above: Alison Weinstock (’03) with kids from Samoa and New Zealand at Logan Community Church of the Nazarene in Brisbane, Australia. The group hosted “Wild Wacky Week” for children’s ministry.
Life-changing Summer Ministries Across the Globe
past summer. I Student teams traveled to diverse countries such as the United
States, Australia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Thailand, and multiple European countries.
“Experiences like these really have a life-long impact. I personally think that you get just as much, if not more, out of serving than do the people you actually serve,” said junior Nellie Evans, who spent a month working with children and youth in Australia.
One team of MNU students traveled over the summer to Phuket, Thailand, where they worked with a local organization to free women from sex trafficking.
Bailey Brock, a senior nursing major, was fundamentally changed by the time she spent there.
“It was really about prayer and learning to depend on God. It wasn’t something we were going to do. We were not going to change these girls’ lives. By relying on God and depending on Him, we learned that He is the one who has the power. He will call these girls into a different lifestyle and to Himself,” Brock says.
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n an initiative to increase global awareness and impact, MNU sent multiple student ministry teams across the world this
Summer also provided MNU students with the opportunity to travel with Youth in Mission, a Nazarene program that gives students the opportunity to spend two months ministering in countries around the world. Three MNU students—junior Jake Isbell, senior Andrea Eick, and senior Nathaniel Leibel—served with Youth in Mission this past summer. Leibel spent his summer in Mexico, a country to which he had already traveled several times.
“The trip took me from a place where I was very comfortable and put me in a challenging situation. I could no longer rely on my own strength. I had to give all my trust to God. My view of Him changed forever,” Leibel said.
Lorie Beckum, Director of Global Studies and Service Learning, firmly believes that the experiences shared by students involved in summer mission trips will not soon be forgotten.
“Real transformation and learning happens through experience,” Beckum said. Through classroom academic experiences we teach students about the world, and we also make a way for them to experience the people and cultures of the world. When we go, it is with a servant’s heart.” ❡
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