Commission Unto Mexico reaches out to Juarez, Mexico

Commission Unto Mexico, an annual mission trip organized by the Spiritual Development Office of Southern Nazarene University (SNU), took place December 26, 2000 through January 2, 2001 despite poor traveling conditions and a reduced volunteer staff.

“This was the 12th annual Commission Unto Mexico trip and it held its own set of adventures for participants. The winter storms that paralyzed Oklahoma and Texas over the holidays made traveling difficult,” said Dr. Howard Culbertson, SNU Professor of Missions and co-director of Commission Unto Mexico.

Over 100 volunteers, including SNU students, high school students, and adults from all over the United States were scheduled to travel to Juarez, Mexico for the week-long ministry. As a result of the winter weather, only 70 volunteers were able to make the trip.

In Juarez, volunteers performed a variety of tasks with the local people at seven different work sites. SNU nursing students worked with a team of doctors to hold a neighborhood clinic. Others assisted local churches in outreach ministry for the local children. In addition, the volunteers helped launch a Bible quizzing ministry among the young people of the Nazarene churches in the Juarez area. Still others worked on construction projects under the leadership of Mexican workmen from the Juarez churches.

“This trip is designed to be the first of three steps we’d like every SNU student to take in cross-cultural encounter and ministry. This is a one-week experience. Then, we’d like for them to go on a two-month summer ministry like Youth in Mission. Finally, we’d like for everyone to volunteer for one year of cross-cultural missionary work after they graduate,” said Dr. Culbertson.