SNU Students Serve in Swaziland

When does a journey start? Does it start when you get to your destination? For students at Southern Nazarene University that have traveled domestically and internationally this year the journey begins when they are called to step out in faith.

Twelve students and a staff sponsor from SNU traveled to Swaziland, Africa for 17 days this past month.The group was continuing the work of the Swaziland partnership that began three years ago between the Church of the Nazarene in Swaziland, Bethany First Church of the Nazarene and Southern Nazarene University. Together with a group from Mount Vernon Nazarene University the students took on a number of tasks ranging from serving in children’s soup kitchens to leading school assemblies in Nazarene schools.

SNU sophomore, Courtney Redwine stated, “Whenever you are on trips like this you grasp how mighty the God we serve is. By serving with brothers and sisters in a place so far away it reminds me of how important it is that we each serve in the place God has put us.”

In Swaziland, the team was led by Nazarene Mission Corp’s volunteers and Swaziland onsite coordinators Andy and Amy Curry, both 2005 SNU Alums. The wonder and passion in which the students exhibited was noticed and appreciated by the people of Swaziland as they served with during the two-week trip.

In reflecting over the recent trip, Brent LaVigne, SNU Staff sponsor, said, “It is amazing to watch God prepare hearts for service.The journey that God takes each one of these students on is why we are here.This type of experience is critical to apply our faith to action!”

Pictures taken by SNU Student, Dianne Johnson

Southern Nazarene University's mission is to transform lives through higher education in Christ-centered community. As a Christian community of scholars, we model the hospitality of grace, the pursuit of truth and the practice of discipleship, all within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, as we prepare graduates who THINK with clarity, ACT with integrity and SERVE with purpose.