Summer SpILgrimages (Serve Trip)
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 and serve alongside to help enhance their ministry and community development, with the goal of coming 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 SpILgrimage applications are due no later than Friday, Oct. 17. After applications have been received, half-hour interviews will be scheduled. The electronic form can be found below. A $180 deposit will be due in November after you have been accepted and confirmed your participation in a Summer Serve trip. Costs of the trips are listed below. The costs include airfare and in-country expenses. The following deadlines have been set for fundraising the remaining cost of the trip.
*If any of these deadlines are missed, student may forfeit participation of trip.
**Funds are non-refundable once donated toward trip, even if student cancels or is removed from participation for whatever reason.
- 5% of the personal budget is to be raised on acceptance of invitation to be participant on Summer Serve trip (deposit of $180)
- 50% of the personal budget will need to be raised before projected airfare purchase date (before end of February 2015). If this deadline is missed, student will forfeit participation on trip.
- 100% of the individual budget will be due before departure to the Serve Trip destination
You must also fill out the Health and Counseling form above. This form must be printed out and hand-delivered to the health and counseling office.
All applicants are required to secure references from three people who know them well. Application packets will not be considered "complete" until all three references have been received. Only students with "complete" applications will be considered for interviews.
- The first reference form must be completed by your area coordinator or resident assistant. If you are a commuter, the reference can be completed by a past RA or AC. If you are a first year student or have always lived off campus, you can submit the reference to an additional professor or clergy.
- The second form must be completed by a George Fox faculty member or administrator.
- The third form must to be completed by clergy (lead pastor/priest or staff pastor).
Email your references the link to the Reference form, which is found below. We must receive your references no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.
Any Questions? Email Erika Lopez at email@example.com.
Word Made Flesh Romania serves Jesus among the most vulnerable there: at-risk children, street youth and poor families. Christians from Romania and other nations come together from various local churches to seek the kingdom of God in community. Through ministry on the streets and educational programs at a community center, they strive for a transformed society in which the poor are redeemed and empowered.
Dates: May 5-26*
On Jan. 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti. More than 230,000 people were killed and more than 1 million were displaced, making Haiti the largest refugee camp in the world. Meyotte is the main region on the hills above the capital of Port-Au-Prince. Over 100,000 people lost their lives in this region. Forward Edge partners with Pastor Jean Louighins of Eglise Baptiste Evangelique in Meyotte. His church was almost completely destroyed by the quake, and many in his congregation still suffer from the disaster. These people are in desperate need of help, and you can answer their prayer. Support the vision of Pastor Jean by helping them rebuild their church and reaching out with love to this hurting community.
Dates: May 4-21*
Join Open Arms International on a service trip to Open Arms Village in Eldoret, Kenya. The village is home to more than 100 children, most of whom have been orphaned, abandoned or removed from homes due to neglect or abuse. The village provides a Christ-centered environment for physical, emotional and spiritual healing and a quality education at the Open Arms Academy. Teams conduct medical clinics, outreach events and children's programs where you can serve these precious children. During the trips, Open Arms focuses on medical aid, feeding programs for needy children, construction, and work projects. Some trips may also include prison visits and training conferences.
Dates: May 5-26*
This trip will be assisting local missionaries and pastors in the city of Managua, Nicaragua, and in surrounding areas. We will be focusing on health education and disease prevention as we visit communities and teach about germ theory, dispense hygiene kits, lead blood pressure clinics, and share about God's love. As a team, we will use case study examples to learn together about short-term medical missions. This will be targeted toward nursing and pre-medical students, but anyone is welcome to come and is encouraged to apply! We are seeking a well-rounded team.
Dates: May 30-June 12*
Summer Serve Recaps: 2015
In June, physical therapy professors Jeff Houck, Ryan Jacobson and Tyler Cuddeford took 12 students to Uganda for a two-week trip, primarily to work with children at a school for the disabled (pictured, right). Kireka School is a boarding school that houses nearly 80 children with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Many of these children benefited greatly from physical therapy and rehabilitation services, and early into the visit the school’s staff and caregivers witnessed children walking for the very first time.
For many of the PT students, it was their first time working independently with children for a prolonged period. As they departed, they outlined a plan of care for the caregivers and staff. The PT group is committed to making a sustainable impact at the school and is partnering financially with the school’s administration and executives to fund a local physical therapist full time.
In addition to helping disabled children, the students also helped adults with post polio. This entailed a thorough assessment to determine the level of involvement and culminated in individual plans of care for these patients.
In early June, a group of 12 students, most of whom are nursing majors, visited Nicaragua (pictured left) for 10 days to work with local missionaries in support of their ministries. The team’s main focus was health education, so a big focus of the trip was putting on several health fairs to educate on the topics of hygiene, nutrition, dehydration, infections and dental care.
The team also worked with local churches to distribute water filtration systems and to help with feeding programs. The group also visited Via Esperanza, a home for girls who used to live and work in the Managua garbage dump and an outreach that psychology professor Kelly Chang and her students have worked with.
Stephanie Fisher, the nursing professor who led the trip, says the students had the opportunity to practice their medical Spanish skills and give small-group teaching sessions and basic health assessments.
In the spring, a team of George Fox professors and students took part in a two-week medical and educational missions trip to western Kenya (pictured, right). This collaborative effort between the College of Education and School of Nursing was the first of its kind, which expanded on work the College of Education has been involved with in Kenya the past six years.
The focus of the trip was community health care in regions where the College of Education has been working and building relationships with the Quaker ministries in western Kenya. The team spent three days at Kaptama Health Clinic on Mt. Elgon, where they worked alongside Kenyan medical professionals to address the many health needs of the people on the mountain. From there they spent two days in Muliro Village conducting health assessments and vision screening for the widows in the village, and health assessments for the 400-plus children of Musembe Primary School. The final stop was four days at Open Arms International, participating in the various ministries of Open Arms in the Eldoret region.
The team experienced many different kinds of health-related issues not common in the U.S., including malaria, typhoid, dysentery, worms, jiggers, mumps and polio, as well as seeing the effects of extreme dehydration in children, HIV, untreated seizure disorders and untreated congenital malformations. As a result of this trip, the students had the opportunity to utilize their nursing skills in practical and unexpected ways. God’s presence was evident as he enabled the team to successfully treat some critical health cases.
Summer Serve Videos
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.