Youth In Mission Reflections

31 Southern Nazarene University (SNU) students in this summer's edition of Youth in Mission (YIM) were in 15 different countries ranging from Aruba to Zambia. They served on teams of 3-5 people in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and North and Central America.

YIM is a denominational 8-week summer program. Team members were drawn not only from SNU but also from the other 7 Nazarene colleges and universities in the U.S.

“Southern Nazarene University did have the largest contingent from the 8 schools, however, with a third of this summer's YIM participants coming from SNU. With SNU's emphasis on significant international, cross-cultural experience for all graduates, the Youth in Mission program is a ‘mission fit’ for the school,” said Dr. Howard Culbertson, Professor of Missions at Southern Nazarene University.

Sarahbeth Hance, SNU Junior, spent time in Slovenia this summer and wrote reflections of her summer experiences with YIM. Her writing was published in this month’s Eurasia Region’s “Where Worlds Meet” newsletter. To read the article that Sarabeth wrote go to: home.snu.edu/dept/missions/wwm.pdf.

“Students are required to raise their own funding for the summer. Costs per participant this past summer ranged from $2500 to $3500. In most cases those expenses were paid by friends, family and home churches,” said Culbertson.

Recruitment for next summer's edition of YIM will begin September 4 when Youth in Mission leaders from Kansas City visit the campus and conduct a chapel. Applications for YIM 2008 will be accepted this fall with selections made to the team by the end of the semester.

For more information on Youth In Mission contact Dr. Howard Culbertson, Professor of Missions at Southern Nazarene University at hculbert@snu.edu or go to his home page at
home.snu.edu/~hculbert.