Cedarville University engineering students and faculty continue to seek ways to apply their professional training to missions-related activities. To foster relationships with missionaries and to explore opportunities to serve, the department created the organization Society of Engineers Aiding Missions (SEAM). As a group, SEAM meets regularly to pray for missionaries, correspond with them, and even invite them in when available for special talks.
In the summer of 2008, Dr. Dave Gallagher, professor of computer science, led a five-member team to Romania, June 15 through July 1, to provide computer training to youth and adults in support of local churches. This was our sixth consecutive year to send a computer science team to Romania to work alongside Greater Europe Mission.
Each day, the team taught computer courses to nearby villages — one session in the mornings and one in the afternoons — and led a chapel time, during which they sang songs, gave testimonies, and presented the Gospel. During the two weeks, the team presented the Gospel to more than 100 students and ministered in four different worship services by preaching, singing, and giving testimonies.
The missionaries and pastors who worked with our team were very excited by the ministry. Evangelicals are not well thought of in the predominantly Eastern Orthodox culture, and our presence doing a technical ministry served to improve the reputation of the churches. We continued to establish strong relationships with both the missionaries and the pastors in the area and look forward to future ministry opportunities.
Opportunities to serve are not limited to areas directly related to a student's major. Many engineering students participate in other short-term missions projects organized through the Christian ministries division of Cedarville University. These projects literally span the globe and provide a world of opportunities. Several of our engineering graduates have even spent time in China teaching.