Each year, NNU offers students opportunities to be involved in various global mission projects. This past summer, NNU students engaged in a number of cross-cultural mission ventures around the world, with teams serving in Australia, Ghana, Jamaica and Sri Lanka.
The participants in the Australia trip departed on May 24th and were led by former Boise-area youth pastor and NNU graduate Kenny Wade, who has been serving with his family in Brisbane at Nazarene Theological College for the past year. They worked largely in church development and outreach to indigenous peoples in rural Western Australia.
The groups to Ghana, Jamaica and Sri Lanka departed May 14 and returned during the first week of June.
A combined group of healthcare and general students served in Northern Ghana and were led by NNU professors Jennifer Chase and Joe Gorman. The team travelled extensively throughout the region as they partnered with local leaders to serve in ministry to youth and children and engage in health education with the area population.
Mark Wheeler and Julene Tegerstrand led the team of students in Jamaica. This team engaged in some light work projects and youth/children’s ministry as they sought to understand and serve the poor in an area that is largely recognized as a western tourist destination.
After being advised against travel in tumultuous Bangladesh, several students embarked on a repurposed trip to Sri Lanka, led by Dan Lawrence. The students there worked with school children and explored potential avenues for future NNU involvement in the region.