WorldSERVE (Student Missions)

Simpson University Student Missions/ WorldSERVE

Gateway to World Service

As our motto states, Simpson University is committed to developing world servants who play a vital role in God’s story of redeeming the lost.

Every fall, we invite students to join a WorldSERVE team and take a yearlong discipleship journey which includes a short-term service project. The main objective is that students would BE DISCIPLED here, in order to MAKE DISCIPLES in the nations. It’s really not about the “trip.” It’s about the discipleship journey, both in us and to the ends of the earth.

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What did you learn from your mission trip?

“I loved learning about setting up a health fair as there is a huge need for health education. Even just teaching about disease and disease prevention, especially in places with less access. Offering solutions and diet and health activities as well as learning about the emphasis on prayer. I have been developing a heart for the Middle East and Arab cultures recently, and it was a great chance to connect what I have been learning on my own to real life in their homes.”

- Laraina, California Medical Mission Trip, 2022

What did this mission trip teach you?

“To leave my burdens with God and to teach others how to do that as well. I want to help guide my friends to God and help them learn what I’ve learned. This trip lit a fire under me, and I have become so hungry for Christ, and I don’t want that to die off. I want to keep that hunger and that drive that I’ve felt this last week. It has given me a desire for the people in my life back home who so desperately need him. He will use me as a bridge. To open my heart to him more and to serve him fully.”

- Kaitlyn, El Salvador, 2022

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What did you learn during your mission trip?

“It has given me a renewed excitement and joy for serving God. That looks different in El Salvador, but also very similar. We have privilege to serve others in our lives. And that doesn’t change based on where we are. Serving Him is always a joy and an honor and a privilege. What it means to serve Him and have a life dedicated to Him. It doesn’t have to mean moving to the other side of the world, but for now he has placed me where I am and I can serve him with the people that are near me now. Also, to see what ministry looks like in a new setting. And to learn how I work in ministry.”

- Nadia, El Salvador, 2022

"Just as many say, your first mission trip is life changing. I loved learning more about the culture, language, history, food, and people. I believe that through this trip, God was teaching me to have a willing and obedient heart. Going on this trip and getting out of my comfort zone was the first step of learning how to have an obedient heart. God was able to teach me how to say "yes" to Him when He calls me to serve. I also learned the importance of serving our own communities and cities. Many of the La Fuente staff were born and raised in El Salvador. They dedicate themselves to giving back to those in need in the community. Their motivation and perseverance inspired me to continue serving my community wholeheartedly. My first mission trip was one I will never forget."

- Justine, El Salvador Team 2022

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Why did God bring the team from Simpson to serve in El Salvador with your team?

“God wants to tell you that you have beautiful feet. Romans 10:15 God appreciates when His children do the work of bringing the message of salvation to others. You were representing Christ this week. You were preaching without words. He thinks it’s beautiful that His kids are going elsewhere to share the good news.”

- Tony, Site Leader in El Salvador

And if that doesn't convince you... read Jesus' own words!

"Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you." - Matthew 28:19

"The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." - Luke 10:2

"I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb." - Revelation 7:9

Be Discipled. Make Disciples.

We believe that short-term service projects can be an incredible tool for facilitating discipleship. As part of a WorldSERVE team, students get to simultaneously BE Discipled by their leaders, team mentors and field workers, while MAKING Disciples in partnership with their long-term workers and through the relationships they build on the field.

All team members commit to a three-part discipleship process during the year: pre-field, on the field, and post-field.

  • Pre-field

    From January to May, our teams will BE Discipled through:

    • Regular Trainings (times of teaching and preparation led by WorldSERVE staff)
    • Team Times (team building, prayer, Bible study, and task preparation in teams)
  • On the field

    Our teams will be sent around the world to MAKE DISCIPLES:

    • We have partnered with some incredible field workers in their long-term vision to reach lost peoples.
    • We choose our field partners carefully and desire to come alongside what they are already doing in order to spur on their vision for reaching the unreached.
    • We trust that we’re part of a bigger picture and that God will further their disciple-making efforts long after we're gone.
  • Post-field

    Upon returning home, students will continue their discipleship journey through:

    • intentional debriefing times with their team
    • joining follow-up group sessions at the beginning of the fall semester to take the lessons learned on the field and apply them to their lives back at home.
    • praying that we will have fresh energy, passion and creativity for continuing to make disciples of all nations in whatever harvest field we find ourselves -- from within the church, to the corporate marketplace, to the ends of the earth.

“COME and SEE what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind!”
- Psalm 66:5

We have been invited by some incredible field workers to COME AND SEE what God is doing as they proclaim His goodness to the ends of the earth! From Chicago to Chile, God is at work through His people. So we go simply to encourage and further their existing ministries where we have been asked to assist.

Prayerfully read the descriptions below to determine your top three field choices, then be ready to say YES to God wherever he might send you! It is not guaranteed that you will be placed on your first-choice team, so we ask that you remain available and open to God leading you in a new direction!

The following locations, projects, dates, and costs are subject to change! Please choose now to BE FLEXIBLE and patient as details are confirmed and plans change regularly!

Mexicali

Ministry Task: The Mexicali team is a team made up of nursing and pre-nursing students who have the desire to serve those with less access to medical care and those that need to know the love of the Savior. The team will work at different village sites daily providing general out-patient medicine and dental care to underprivileged areas, praying with patients, ministering to new believers, and encouraging the long-term workers there.

Dates: March 12-19, 2022

Leaders: Tom Perry

El Salvador

Ministry Task: The El Salvador team will serve with Envision (www.weareenvision.com/el-salvador) where they will get to love on kids at La Fuenta, an after-school program that seeks to reach out to middle schoolers at risk of violence at a public school in San Salvador. They will also have the chance to partner with local churches for VBS, Church Partnership Evangelism, and more.

Dates: May 9-18,2022

Leaders: Sarah Mabee

Alaska

Ministry Task: The Alaska team will be serving in Ketchikan, Alaska, and on two more remote islands. The team will be joining Rev. Cade King as he pastors the South Tongass Alliance Church, as well as serving at Naukati Bay Alliance Church on Prince of Wales Island and ministering at a Children's Church Camp. The team will serve on some of the most remote islands, loving on children and youth who need to know more of the Father's love for them.

Dates: July 6-18, 2022

Leaders: Shane Geer

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