Simpson University WorldSERVE Teams Prepare for 2017 Trips
For Immediate Release
Simpson University sent 14 teams of students on mission trips worldwide in 2016.
REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University students will serve in nine countries and two U.S. cities in 2017 as part of WorldSERVE mission teams.
The trips, during spring and summer breaks, will include some recovery work in Haiti, which suffered devastating loss of life and damage from Hurricane Matthew in October.
Other summer locations include: East Asia, El Salvador, The Balkans Peninsula, Guinea, India, Ivory Coast, Taiwan, and Thailand. During spring break, teams will serve in Chicago and Los Angeles.
In 2016, 15 teams of students—comprising about 17 percent of the student body—participated on WorldSERVE trips. At a campus celebration during fall semester, team members shared trip highlights and lessons learned.
Teams provided medical care, taught English, served meals, worked at orphanages, shelters, and community centers. They learned about homelessness and sex trafficking. They invited strangers into conversation; prayed for children and adults; lived with local villagers; wrestled with language barriers; and grew close to staff members of local ministries.
One Haiti team member talked about visiting an orphanage school, where the team was challenged to figure out how best to extend love to those children. “These kids had no smiles,” she said. “As they started warming up to us, we realized that what they need is physical touch. It was the picture of God being there as a father figure … we could be there to give them touch and love and someone to hold onto.”
A student who traveled to Thailand talked about finding contentment and learning more about the power of prayer during the trip. “We learned there are already ministries in place, and we can support them through prayer, which is awesome and powerful,” he said. “I also realized the power of just being able to share my testimony.”
A Taiwan team member told the group that she realized her role was one of supporting her colleagues. “My place was best served helping my teammates know where they best served,” she said.
Students were challenged, pushed out of their comfort zones, and surprised themselves with the strong attachments they made with strangers in just a few weeks. They have also made lasting friendships with teammates.
A student who went to Chicago on a spring break team said she came to Simpson as a transfer sophomore and searched for a place to belong and participate. “When I got plugged into WorldSERVE, God just took it and went with it,” she said. “Some of my best relationships have come from being part of WorldSERVE.”
Dannielle Stahly, coordinator of WorldSERVE, reminded students that Simpson has had the privilege to partner with missions organizations around the world for 25 years. “God has invited us into His story,” she said. “This is all about giving Him glory.”
Learn more about WorldSERVE and the 2017 trips at simpsonu.edu/worldserve.
Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.
Contact: SU Public Relations