SNU's volunteers overseas

1:Get your feet wet cross-culturally on a one-week Work & Witness trip
2:Spend two summer months on a Youth in Mission team
1:Volunteer abroad for a full year

"Prayer is your most important resource"
– Merritt Mann

"Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be a miracle."
– Phillips Brooks

"Recently, we visited a young adult handicapped association in Sofia, Bulgaria. One of the young members there said to us: We can't heal our bodies; so, at least help us heal our souls.'"
- Missionary Don Moore

What is it you would do even if you never got paid for it?

     SNU's goal is for every student to have some significant cross-cultural experience. The capstone goal would be for graduates to follow the "Mormon model" in giving a year or more abroad of volunteer service to world evangelism. It's a BHAG -- one of those Big Hairy Audacious Goals that James Collins and Jerry Porras talk about.
     Among the visionaries who set that program into motion in 1994 were SNU's President Loren Gresham and then-religion-department head Roger Hahn along with Robert Scott and Hermann Gschwandtner from Nazarene World Missions. For his tenacious creativity in the effective use of youthful volunteers in missionary outreach, Herman Gschwandtner received an honorary doctorate from SNU in 1998.
     SNU works closely with David Cooper, Marty Hoskins, and Duane Baty of the Nazarene World Mission Division office to place these young volunteers. After completing approved training, that office signs the SNU volunteers to one-year Mission Corps contracts.
     Our volunteers have also gone overseas with organizations like Youth With a Mission (YWAM) and Operation Mobilization (OM).

Reasons young people say "NO" to volunteering overseas

  1. They are living a self-centered lifestyle in which the only focus is personal and local needs
  2. Prayer and intercession have been replaced by "sharing," fellowship, and counseling
  3. Theologically, serious convictions about the final judgment and hell have been shelved
  4. Concern for safety amid news reports of terrorism, military takeovers and tribal conflicts
  5. Fear regarding raising support
  6. Existing debts and financial commitments

Adapted from Marching to a Different Drummer by Jim Raymo, Christian Literature Crusade, 1996

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during the fall 1999 Southern Europe Field Partners meeting at SNU

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