by Public Relations
This summer, Cedarville University has sent out eleven short-term missions teams and at least eight individuals to work with people around the globe. Teams have traveled to South Africa, Swaziland, Togo, China, the Philippines, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Kosovo, Indonesia and Costa Rica.
Teams begin their trips through Cedarville’s Missions Involvement Services (MIS) department, whose principal objective is to provide opportunities for short term exposure to mission life around the world and service in missionary outreach.
MIS creates opportunities for students across the spectrum to serve in ministry.
For example, nursing students ran health clinics in Swaziland at the end of May, helping doctors test the Swazi people for HIV and tuberculosis while teaching the gospel. The men’s basketball team presented Christ through good sportsmanship as they competed with local players in the Philippines. Computer science and computer engineering majors worked with children in Romania to teach them basic computer skills and develop real relationships with the love of Christ.
Experience on the mission field using lessons learned in the classroom is essential to students looking into overseas work; “The time we spent in the hospital was so special to me,” says senior nursing student Lauren Marshall, “I was thankful for the hours of clinical and practice in the skills lab. It was amazing to see a Christian doctor integrating his faith with his practice. Ultimately, the Lord used our time spent in Togo to affirm the call to missions on my life. I can’t wait to go back!”
Not all teams are specialized in the work they do; some simply come with open hearts and willing hands to do whatever is asked. In Bethesda, South Africa, a team helped ready a new house for church families and interns, raking the yard and scrubbing the indoors. The team also distributed cookies to the community and hosted a camp for children and orphans, dressing up like clowns to help children with crafts, play games, paint faces and serve lunch.
In Hungary a team taught English to students for three weeks and performed skits of parables to youth and adults. Team members also shared testimonies of their faith and struggles. “They are adored by the youth because they are ‘cool’ American youth,” says Merlin Ager, professor of education. “Their vulnerability conveys a powerful message.”
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,200 undergraduate, graduate, and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.