Dec 2, 2008

Christmas mission trips go around the world

by Danielle Jacobs

During Christmas break, 33 students will spend two weeks ministering to children, university students and other people in East Asia and Cambodia while on mission trips with Light Ministries.

The 13 students traveling to Cambodia will work in rural villages providing humanitarian aid while building relationships with the people. The students will also be teaching English at an English institute. These two venues are intended to open doors to impact others and share the gospel.

Light Ministries is also taking 20 students to East Asia, where they will live in an orphanage while teaching English, crafts and physical education and getting to know the children. They will also teach English as a second language to university students during the trip.

Mindi Hollingsworth, who is going to Cambodia, felt burdened to go on the trip after hearing an announcement in convocation, and she is looking forward to seeing what God does in Cambodia. Hollingsworth does not have any fears or concerns about the trip, even though this is her first overseas mission trip.

“I’m really not worried about anything because (God) has been so in control of the entire situation,” Hollingsworth said. “I am simply living as his hands and feet and this trip is for those he loves in Cambodia.”

Students go through a variety of preparation work before traveling overseas. The team meets on a weekly basis to plan, discuss details of the trip and pray for each other. The purpose of these meetings is to build team unity, train students in sharing the gospel and prepare them for other ministry opportunities. Members of the Cambodia team also went on a retreat this semester where they spent time focusing on God and worship. When they return, students will meet to debrief and talk about their thoughts and experiences.

Raising money is a concern students have when considering an international mission trip. Hollingsworth encourages students to trust God for providing the money for their trips. She suggested sending out prayer letters, but ultimately to rely on God to supply the money.

“Live transparent — let people know what’s going on and let your passion for being a part of his plan seep into the lives and minds of others,” Hollingsworth said. “When believers see his hand on something, they’re definitely more inclined to give.”

Light Ministries has taken students on Christmas break mission trips for more than 20 years in order to involve students in parts of the world that are far away from their homes. According to John Puig, campaign coordinator, Light Ministries hopes students on these trips will not only play a part in preaching the gospel overseas, but also grow in their personal relationships with Jesus Christ.

“[Another] goal of each of these efforts is to come alongside of the work which is already being done in each of these places and to help further the long-term efforts already in progress,” Puig said.

A number of mission trip opportunities are also available over spring and summer breaks. For more information about going on a trip with Light Ministries, visit the Center for Global Ministries office located in Dorm 17.


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