Students span globe in summer missions

Thirty-six students from Southern Nazarene University will devote their summer to serving others through the Youth in Mission (YIM) program, a volunteer, short-term missions ministry of Nazarene World Missions.

Of the 120+ students selected to the YIM program this year, SNU accounts for the largest percentage of participants with 36 students.

“While we are a couple of people under the record number set last year, our students are actually going to more places. So, we’re setting a record in terms of the number of countries being impacted,” said Dr. Howard Culbertson, SNU Professor of Missions.

This year’s YIM ministry sites span the regions of Africa, Asia/South Pacific, Europe, South America/Caribbean, and the United States. While some teams will travel to locations as far Southern Australia and parts of Africa, others will be stationed stateside in cities such as Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, and New York.

Over the last five years, more than 600 SNU students have been involved in some form of summer missions ministry, such as Youth in Mission, musical missions tours, and camp work.

Youth in Mission is affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene and actively recruits college-age students between the ages of 18-25. The YIM program is designed to provide assistance to missions fields, help students in their spiritual growth and development, and create global Christians. Attending a Nazarene college or university is not a pre-requisite for qualification into the YIM program.

For more than thirty years, Youth in Mission has placed teams of college and university students from the United States and Canada in ministry sites around the world each summer. Each student selected commits to a 12-week extensive “advance training” program during the spring, raises funds to pay all their expenses, participates in a one-week training camp, and serves for eight weeks during the summer at an assigned location followed by a time of debriefing. Once to their designated sites, student teams engage a variety of outreach activities such as friendship evangelism, teaching English as a second language, urban ministry, youth camps, children’s ministry, and youth ministry.

For more information about Youth in Mission, contact the Youth in Mission office at 816.333.7000, by e-mail at, or visit