14 Places YOU could be going to this summer!

14 Places YOU could be going to this summer!

Do you love to travel? Do you love to try new things and explore different cultures? Do you have a desire to serve others? Do you have a passion for Jesus Christ?

This year, students at Southern Nazarene University are going to be given plenty of opportunities to visit other countries, explore new cultures and deliver the message of Jesus Christ. This year, there will be 9 countries students may choose from.

If you feel called to serve on any of these teams, be sure to sign up soon! November 4 is the early application deadline. The sooner you sign up, the better chance you have of being selected for the country you desire. All applicants will be evaluated by November 16, and on November 17, you will receive a letter from Joel Mullen to inform you about the status of your SIMS 2015 application. Remember, this is your chance to put to use the talents God has given you! Don’t feel you need to have a calling to the mission field to sign up. Anyone, no matter what their major, can use and develop their hobbies and talents to be a blessing to others and learn more about reaching out to those who are in desperate need of a Savior.

Concerned about finances? According to Joel Mullen, SIMS will do everything they can do to make sure students will be financially covered.

“We will be fundraising a lot this year, and with the help of sponsors, it can be possible. Pray about it; don’t worry about the costs. If this is the direction God wants to take you, God will provide,” Mullen said.

It has even come to my attention that there are some students concerned about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Mullens would like students to know that SIMS will do everything they can to make sure students are safe. “If we need to re-locate a team or even cancel a mission trip, we will do that. We would never put our students at risk. Their safety is a top priority.”

Here is a rundown of the SIMS teams that you can join this summer!

Mexico 1 (May 10-17) Serve at the Rio Bravo Children’s Home in Reynosa leading soccer camps and ministering to kids. This team is only open to the SNU Women’s Soccer Team.

USA 1 (May 10-17) Serve at the Nazarene Compassionate Ministry Center in Cactus, Texas leading sports camps, ministering to kids, teaching English classes, and doing work projects. This team is only open to the SNU Women’s Basketball team.

Swaziland 1 (May 10-25) Serve with the HIV/AIDs Task Force, lead summer programs at elementary schools, engage in relational ministry with local churches and work at Manna Farms. This team is open to all students. It is ideal for nursing or pre-med majors, members of Enactus, elementary education majors, anyone with musical gifts and anyone called to ministry or missions.

Paraguay 1 (May 16-30): Serve with Nazarene ministries including youth ministry, construction, sports outreach and children’s ministry. This team is open to all students. It is ideal for athletes, Spanish speakers and anyone called to ministry or missions.

Southeast Asia (mid May to early June) Serve in church outreach and creative ministries in a very challenging context. This team is open to all students, but priority will be given to those with previous mission experience and a high level of adaptability.

Swaziland 2 (May 30-June 14) Serve with the Luke Commission, an organization which leads medical clinics in rural areas. This team is open to all students. It is ideal for nursing majors or pre-med students and anyone called to ministry or missions.

Mexico 2: Serve in Monclova with a local Nazarene church in Church outreach, children’s ministry and sports outreach. This team is open to all students. It is ideal for Elementary Education majors, Spanish speakers and anyone called to ministry or missions.

Argentina: (June 4-23) Serve alongside local Nazarene leaders and church outreach, discipleship, children’s ministry, youth ministry and relational outreach. This team is open to all students. It is ideal for Elementary Education majors, Spanish speakers, anyone with musical gifts and anyone called to ministry or missions.

Italy (June 15-30) Serve in Catania with a local Nazarene church in church outreach, discipleship, children’s ministry, youth ministry, music ministry and relational outreach. This team is open to all students. It is ideal for anyone with musical gifts, anyone called to youth ministry and anyone called to ministry or missions.

Romania (June 15-30) Serve in Bucharest with a local Nazarene church in church outreach, children’s ministry, youth ministry, music ministry and relational outreach. This team is open to all students. It is ideal for anyone with musical gifts, anyone called to youth ministry and anyone called to ministry or missions.

USA 3 (July 13-18) Serve in Raleigh, North Carolina with a local church and the Neighbor to Neighbor Urban Ministry Center in outreach, children’s ministry, youth ministry, sports ministry, music ministry and relational outreach. This team is open to all students. It is ideal for athletes, anyone with musical gifts, anyone called to youth ministry and anyone called to urban ministry or missions.

USA 4 (July 5-12) Serve on the staff of Nazarene Youth Congress in Louisville, Kentucky. This team is open to all students. It is ideal for anyone called to youth ministry and anyone with a high level of organizational skills.

Serbia-Slovenia (July 7-19) Serve with the Way Sports Ministries in Serbia and Slovenia leading American Football camps and engaging in relational ministry with youth and young adults. This team is only open to the SNU Football Team.

USA 2 (July 15-22) Serve at the Nazarene Compassionate Ministry Center in Cactus, Texas leading sports camps ministering to kids, teaching English classes and doing work projects. This team is only open to the SNU Baseball team.

So, if you’re feeling called to serve your community and even the world, hurry and apply!

If you have any questions, please contact Joel Mullen for more information: jmullen@mail.snu.edu/405-464-9332

Whether you want to experience a new culture, put your talents to use, gain experience in your career field or touch the lives of those around you, I encourage you to take Levi and Lia Mullen’s advice:

Get up and “Go!”

About The Author

Celeste Forrest, Staff Contributor
Celeste is an English Education major with a passion for writing. She dreams of becoming a high-school English teacher and author. She enjoys sleeping, reading while its raining, spending time with her amazing friends, and drinking Puerto Rican coffee.  

 

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