George Fox students serve in South Africa in May

A team of 19 George Fox University students and staff are in South Africa this month for nearly four weeks of service as part of the university’s May Serve program.

The team of 17 students and two staff members is working near Cape Town with Monte Christo Ministries, an organization that specializes in engaging young individuals in programs, projects and training in order to grow, disciple and release the next generation of South African youth and leaders.

MCM accomplishes this by life skills development, mentoring, and biblically based training. The ministry addresses basic needs such as hunger and poverty, provides leadership and discipleship programs, organizes sports programs, and offers a camping ministry that gives young people a retreat from the poverty of their neighborhoods.

The George Fox team plans to work specifically with MCM’s soccer ministry, its coffee and food distribution center, and at the Butterfly House, a facility that serves children and families infected and impacted by HIV and AIDS. The students also will teach life skills in the community schools to fourth- through seventh-graders.

Ultimately, the goal of the trip is to partner with MCM to help the ministry achieve the goal of becoming fully self-sustained by South African Nationals, according to Andrea Crenshaw, May Serve coordinator.

Now in its 20th year, the George Fox May Serve program allows students to spend a month in volunteer service in cross-cultural settings. Previous May Serve trips have gone to Thailand, Ukraine, Brazil, India, Cuba, Jamaica, Brazil, Romania and the Philippines.