15th Annual Commission Unto Mexico

Approximately 250 participants are expected to converge in Monterry, Mexico, this winter for Southern Nazarene University’s 15th annual Commission Unto Mexico scheduled for December 27, 2003 through January 3, 2004.

The short-term family-oriented mission trip is a Work & Witness adventure for all ages. One of the YouthServe opportunities promoted by Nazarene Youth International, Commission Unto Mexico provides participants with a variety of ministry opportunities from which to choose, including clowns, construction, painting, evangelism, puppets, medical work, Vacation Bible Schools and Bible quizzing.

“This trip is the most family-friendly of all Work & Witness trips,” said Dr. Howard Culbertson, SNU Missions professor. “There will be young people and old people, college students and even the SNU president, Loren Gresham. Some will come by themselves. Some entire families are coming. There’s even a group of 25 coming this year from South Portland, Maine!”

Some students can earn college credit for the experience in the fields of Modern Languages and Nursing. Qualified high school seniors can obtain one hour of academic field studies credit while university and college students can choose two to three hours of credit.

“I love Commission Unto Mexico,” said SNU senior Jessica Bohn of her experience. “One of the main reasons I enjoy this Work and Witness trip so much is the interaction that happens among the Americans and the Mexicans. Through my brothers and sisters in Mexico I am able to more fully see the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. Through their smiles, words of encouragement, worship, and heart for reaching their countrymen, I see Jesus.”

Commission Unto Mexico began in 1989 and has averaged 175 to 200 participants each year, with the exception of Y2K. Since its conception, Commission Unto Mexico has taken place in Mexico City, Ciudad de Valles, Monterrey, Tampico, Guadalajara and Juarez.

Cost for the trip this year is $489 which includes a $25 non-refundable application fee, insurance, hotel, meals, transportation within Mexico, and a small amount for materials. Applications are available at the Office of Spiritual Development in the Webster Commons building at Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008. Final payment is due by December 15, 2003.

For more information, contact Dr. Howard Culbertson at 405.491.6693, e-mail Mexico@snu.edu, or log on to www.snu.edu/mexico.