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JANUARY 2017


Serving Monterrey With Hands and Hearts

How do you truly measure the impact of a mission trip? The numbers may be strong and much accomplished on paper, but hearing the story of the young boy who stopped to see what the people were doing in the park and, after hearing the Gospel story, gave his heart to Jesus, it’s clear that the mission of Com2Mex was achieved that day, had nothing else been done. But, much was done and many were blessed.

Commission to MexicoThe 2016 Com2Mex took place December 27th to January 2nd, with 159 participants, many of whom were young men and women eager to serve Christ through their service to the people of Monterrey. In all, teams were assigned to nine churches for basic construction, neighborhood outreach and children’s programs.

Most of the SNU students who participated worked with one of four mobile medical units, providing care and health screenings in parks, churches and homes. During this time they ministered to over 300 patients, giving these students an important understanding of the complexities of cross-cultural ministry through medicine.

SNU Missions Professor and Com2Mex director, Eileen Ruger, said, “Com2Mex is a mission trip designed for anyone with any skills to come and partner with our Mexican brothers and sisters for a week of service to our Nazarene communities. It is not just leaving our home culture for a cross-cultural experience, but it is the ministry of presence by investing our time and energy in the lives of people we might not have ever had the opportunity to know and learn from, and build eternal relationships.”

Ruger added, “We will be going back to Monterrey, Mexico December 27, 2017 to January 2, 2018, serving in outreach, VBS, basic construction projects, community development, mobile medical units and worship teams. Please prayerfully consider joining us this year!”

To learn more about Com2Mex visit snu.edu/mexico. To view photos and read stories of this year’s trip, visit facebook.com/groups/SNUMexico.


INSPIRED: The Bible's Impact on the Arts

SNU to Host Museum of the Bible Lecture Series

Over the next several months, Southern Nazarene University will Inspired Bibleserve as host for six lectures based on the theme, INSPIRED: The Bible's impact on the arts. All lectures are open to the public and free, but space is limited and an RSVP is required.

Presented by The Museum of the Bible, a 430,000-square-foot museum under construction in Washington, D.C., this free series will allow those in attendance to discover the Bible’s impact on the arts through presentations by musicians, scholars, and artists. All lectures will be held in the Royce Brown Building on the campus of Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma, and all lectures begin at 7:00 p.m., Thursdays, on the following dates:










Space is limited with only 188 seats available. Tickets are free, but must be reserved by going to www.museumofthebible.org/lecture/SNU or by calling 405.996.4900. SNU is honored to host these distinguished guests, and encourages you to reserve your place(s) today!

To learn more about The Museum of the Bible, visit www.museumofthebible.org.


Eternal Investments

A Legacy of Mentoring SNU Ministerial Interns

For more than 15 years the Piedmont (OK) Church of the Nazarene, led by Pastor Darrik Acre, has invested in SNU through the Ministerial Internship program. Currently, SNU senior and Pastoral Ministries major, Aaron Harding, is serving in his second year as a senior pastor intern at the OKC metro area church.

Providing experience and practical ministry helps and mentoring along the way, Pastor Acre makes it a priority to assign interns to roles that match their ministry calling, always including them in various ways in worship services, as well as teaching age appropriate groups, participating in compassionate ministry projects and, at some point, preaching. As a senior pastor intern, Harding will preach several times and even lead a board meeting – all valuable experiences according to both pastor and intern.

When describing the impact of the internship program on the church, Pastor Acre said, “Both personally, and as a church, we gain from the student’s perspective, energy and enthusiasm.” He added, “Their authenticity breathes new life into our ministry.” Harding stated, “Leading adult Bible studies, preaching and being mentored by Pastor Acre and, previously, by Pastor Nate Cook at Midwest City, (OK) Community church are experiences that have given me confidence and have confirmed my calling to ministry.”

Dr. Doug Samples, Intern Director and Assoc. Professor of Pastoral Theology at SNU, characterized the Piedmont Church of the Nazarene as a “pastoral-training-center” church. He said, “Working with our interns is not just a pastor value at PNC, but also a congregational value!”

Harding is on track to graduate from SNU in May of 2017 and hopes to begin pastoring right away, with graduate work in his future, as well. He stated that his time at SNU has been an amazing transformation filled with experiences such as a summer program at Oxford University in England, working with curators of The Museum of the Bible, and leadership roles in student government.

To learn more about the Ministerial Internship Program, visit snu.edu/ministry-internship-program. Internship scholarships are made possible through an endowment funded by gifts made to the Hall of Witnesses at SNU, honoring elders and laity who have invested their lives in Christian service. Learn more at snu.edu/hall-of-witnesses.