27th ANNUAL COMMISSION TO MEXICO
A Legacy of Cross-Cultural Partnership
Ministry, mobile medical units, multi-site construction and meaningful evangelism describes SNU’s 27th Commission to Mexico initiative. Since 1989, this annual work and witness trip for all ages has impacted dozens of communities and churches in Mexico, as well as the thousands who have participated. This year’s effort was no exception, as 177 participants, coordinated by SNU’s Missions Professor Eileen Ruger, partnered with five Nazarene churches in and around Saltillo, Mexico to impact their area for Christ. The group of 169 participants (136 of whom were from the South Central Region) was joined by eight members of Border Initiative, a Church of the Nazarene missions ministry.
Among the many projects accomplished from December 27, 2015 to January 2, 2016 were 3 mobile medical clinics and 1 dental clinic. There was a mobile soccer camp, a Vacation Bible School held at each of the five ministry locations where services were marked by worship and Christian fellowship not bound by language or culture.
SNU student, Collin Pasque, said, "It was an awesome learning experience that helped affirm my passion to do medical missions. Getting to build relationships with some of the children of Saltillo and play soccer with them was one of my favorite parts of the trip."
Much-needed repairs were made by the teams to both church and community structures, and every project included an opportunity to canvas neighborhoods and encourage the local pastors and congregations with the energy and enthusiasm of the teams. Financial support of the initiative from churches and friends of SNU across the country make these construction projects possible, and prayer support is tangibly felt by all, says Prof. Ruger.
Brittany Jenkins, a High School Senior and future SNU student said, “My heart is in Saltillo forever, because the family of God is there. I loved being able to go on this trip because this is the global Nazarene church, and this is the Kingdom!”
Most of all, Commission to Mexico strives to be Christ-centered with a focus on allowing God to use it for His purposes and glory. Plans are already underway for the 2016-2017 trip, with information available soon at snu.edu/mexico.
WINTER GRADUATES CELEBRATED
SNU Marks Its 113th Commencement
Dr. Loren P. Gresham recently presided over his 27th Commencement as President of Southern Nazarene University, awarding 385 bachelor and master degrees in the areas of Management, Marriage & Family Therapy, Educational Leadership, Nursing Leadership and Nursing Education from the Bethany, Tulsa and Oklahoma City campuses.
In a ceremony held December 12, 2015 in the Sawyer Center on the campus of Southern Nazarene University, the traditional and professional graduate students were celebrated by a large crowd of family and friends. Dr. Gresham noted that, “these talented and dedicated students are deserving of your admiration, and their commitment to achieving their educational goals is to be commended.”
Commencement speaker was SNU alumnus, Don Maulsby, a noted and successful business leader who serves on the SNU Foundation Board of Directors and holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from SNU.
SNU Students Live Out the Great Commission
The vision and commitment of SNU’s President, Dr. Loren Gresham, for students to experience a global view of the power of the Gospel, led to the birth of SIMS – SNU In Missions. Seventy five students and mentors made up the 2014 inaugural teams, and the success of that summer of service fueled a rapid growth that, in 2016, has resulted in expansion to 22 teams, 151 students and 39 mentors.
These teams will serve in nineteen countries with assignments ranging from medical work to teaching to compassionate ministry – many in very challenging conditions. Each team member is training for their specific assignment, building leadership skills and experiencing cross-cultural ministry that has proven to be transformational.
Joel Mullen, SNU SIMS Coordinator and former missionary, shared his belief that the students selected are “a group of super-talented, highly passionate, God-called young adults who will put themselves last in order to go and serve others.”
Opportunities to support these teams financially are available online at snu.edu/simsgiving, and you can follow them on Facebook for updates and weekly prayer emphasis information. GOD CALLS – SOTHEYGIVE – SOWEGO.
THE RESOURCE CENTER for PASTORAL LEADERSHIP
Inspiring - Encouraging - Equipping Pastors
Since its founding in 1899 to the present, Southern Nazarene University has been committed to serving the church in preparing the next generation of Christian ministers. From formal degree programs of rich theological education and sound practical experience, to certificates and continuing education for practitioners, SNU has sought to serve the Church with excellence in this regard.
As tangible evidence of this commitment, the Resource Center for Pastoral Leadership (RCPL) at SNU was launched by President Loren Gresham in October, 2013. In cooperation with the District Superintendents of the South Central Region of the Church of the Nazarene, Dr. Gresham not only announced the launch of the Center but also the naming of Founding Executive Director, Dr. Stan Toler.
Since that time, the RCPL at SNU has sponsored multiple training events that include the twice-yearly SNU Pastor’s Forum, a live-streamed training event featuring relevant and timely subjects, presented by nationally-known speakers. The RCPL has also offered several free seminars, in both Spanish and English, on the campus of SNU.
With multiple, free resources available online at rcpl.snu.edu, the links, videos and seminars for view and download have proven to be valuable tools that are frequently accessed by clergy from across the country and from multiple denominations in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition.
Founding, Executive Director, Dr. Stan Toler, stated that “providing free or low-cost access to these kinds of resources is essential to equipping clergy of all denominations for growth, providing inspiration and encouragement for their calling and personal, spiritual formation.”
The Spring 2016 Pastor's Forum will be held on the SNU campus, Monday, March 7. The guest presenter is Bishop Timothy J. Clarke, Pastor, Church of God in Columbus, OH. For registration information visit Pastor's Forum
Learn more by visiting rcpl.snu.edu and prayerfully consider how you can financially support this vital resource to pastors. Give securely online or contact the RCPL for more information on a legacy or memorial gift.