SNU - a Great Commission University
Across the summer months, 21 teams of SIMS (SNU In Missions) volunteers traveled to 19 countries around the world, living out Christ's command to spread the gospel among the nations. Joel Mullen, SNU's director of the SIMS initiative, reported that the teams, made up of SNU students, faculty, staff and alumni served in an enormous variety of ways and places.
Each of the 149 participants in 2016 was carefully and prayerfully selected and placed on a mission team before launching into a year of fund-raising and team building. The full compliment of volunteers gathered for spring training on the campus of SNU, and departures to their respective places of service were staggered throughout the summer months.
Teams engaged in construction and cleanup, conducted sports camps and Bible school programs, and joined in worship services in homes, huts, humble buildings in small villages and urban settings in crowded cities.
The 114 SNU students who participated in 2016 will be forever changed, and the 33 faculty, staff and alumni mentors (along with 2 children of mentors) were deeply impacted by the experience. They returned with a new vision of Kingdom work around the globe, and those they served were touched by the compassion and love of the SIMS teams.
The application process for 2017 is underway and Mullen anticipates an even bigger response and outreach next summer.
To learn more about SIMS 2017, and to see photos and comments about this year’s teams and trips, like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/snusims.