Volunteer missionaries prepare themselves

Weekend event trains students and others for overseas missions

Cross-Cultural Orientation, a weekend of activity, information and interviews, comes to SNU March 7-9.

The event, which will be run by personnel from the Nazarene World Mission Office, will train people planning to give a year or two of their lives to volunteer missionary service around the globe.

Many of those attending will be SNU students, but the CCO is not limited to them. Several adult participants have signed up as well.

The CCO, which begins with registration at 1 p.m. Friday, costs $30 but a special student rate plus subsidies provided by SNU to its students reduces the cost to SNU students to $5.

Many of those attending will be leaving this summer for one-year assignments in places like Thailand, Croatia, and Japan.

David Cooper, head of volunteerism for the Church of the Nazarene and former missionary to Guatemala, directs the CCO events on Nazarene campuses across the U.S.

While most participants have pre-registered, "walk-ins" are welcomed. Attendance is expected to be about 25 to 30.

Further information can be found on the Nazarene missions web site: www.nivs.org