Summer Immersion & Service trips are typically three- to four-week-long trips during which students learn from and work alongside people and organization partners in the context of their culture, community, and complexities. These trips are designed for a team of students both individually and corporately to experience and understand Christ and his kingdom from a perspective outside their home culture of the United States. The teams go with the mind-set of being learners and servants. Our primary goal is to serve missionaries and partner organizations as they continue to serve their community neighbors in their context long term. We aspire to listen and learn, encourage, serve alongside to help enhance their ministry and community development, and come away with a greater understanding of the global kingdom of God and our role in it.
The basic purpose of the Summer Serve Program is:
- To be obedient to the words of our Lord Jesus Christ to carry out his Great Commission to "Go make disciples of all nations …" (Matthew 28:18-20)
- To provide an experience in which each team member will be personally challenged – spiritually, emotionally and culturally.
- To enhance awareness, exposure and deeper understanding of other cultures and explore future involvement in missions.
Summer Serve Timeline
Information for the Summer Immerse & Serve trips are announced in October during chapel and online. There is an informational meeting specifically for the trips with applications available at this meeting. Applications are usually due two weeks later. Applicants will then be notified if they are chosen for an interview. The team is selected from the interview process and meets two times prior to Christmas break. Spring semester they meet weekly for fundraising, planning, prayer and preparation. Team members chosen are those who display a strong commitment to Christ, desire to learn, humility and flexibility.