From Spiritual Life

Every year as I begin to write the update for the coming May Serve trip, I always take a few minutes to reflect on the previous year. Most of the students have no idea how the trip will impact them. Time and time again, we are blown away by how the Lord moves and works among and through our students. We have them fill out a pre-trip evaluation and a post-trip evaluation. Here are some of the comments that the students from last year’s Swaziland trip had to say.

“May Serve really changed my perspective on a lot of things in my life. I feel like I am more mature and that the lessons I have learned both during training and during our time in Swaziland have better prepared me to deal with the curve balls that life throws at me. I loved the experience and wouldn’t have passed it up for all the world.”

“It’s something that I have been incredibly blessed by and I can’t believe it went by so fast! My life will never be the same.”

“It was central to my year. Unforgettable.”

“It’s awesome, incredible, amazing, life-changing, stretching, and possibly the best program that George Fox offers. May Serve is special and a wonderful opportunity to gain cross-cultural experience while serving and expanding a Christian’s worldview. Keep it going!”

“It was incredible. End of story.”

Thank you for your continued prayers and support for our May Serve teams. We are so thankful.

This year’s May Serve team is going to Peru, partnering with Adventures in Missions (AIM). Much of the ministry that the team will be involved in will be ministering to families that were affected by the August 2007 earthquake. These families were relocated to a location of land outside of Chincha along the coast called Doce de Septiembre (the 12th of December), the actual day they occupied the land. The team will focus on humanitarian care, Bible studies, discipleship training, teaching classes on hygiene or basic healthcare, and English classes. They will also have the opportunity for youth and sports ministry. As relationships are built and felt needs met, there are opportunities for sharing the gospel and personal faith stories. We will work in conjunction with AIM to find the best fit for our team and ways that we can be a support and encouragement to those daily ministering and living in Peru.

The team is currently meeting weekly for prayer, planning and implementing of fundraising activities and preparing for the ministry. If you would like more information or learn ways that you can support the team, please contact Andrea Crenshaw at 503-554-2323 or e-mail her at