29 Jun UVF Summer Missions Trips 2018
This year, the University of Valley Forge (UVF) sent out 8 teams on short-term missions trips during the spring and summer breaks. The teams to Haiti and Mexico went over spring break, and the remaining trips to Spain, El Salvador, Russia, Japan, Mohawk Reservation, and India embarked later on during the summer. The team that went to El Salvador was originally intending to go to Nicaragua, but due to riots and political unease in the country, God worked circumstances out for them to be able to go to El Salvador and minister there.
The teams to Haiti, Mexico, El Salvador, and the Mohawk Reservation partnered with orphanages, hosted VBS, and ministered to people in the local communities, showing the love of Jesus to all they encountered. Sarah McAtee ’18 said, “Working with Bethel Orphanage this past week was an incredible blessing. The bonds that our team created with these beautiful children are beyond what words can describe. I won’t soon forget my time in Juarez, Mexico and my heart longs for the day that I can go back.”
The team to Spain partnered with a faith-based rehab program, packaged meals for the homeless, and met with women who had been rescued from sex trafficking. The team to Japan partnered with a local church and missionary family to provide help and support to them and their congregation, using their gifts and skills as musicians and sound technicians. They also ministered to Chi Alpha students and participated in a prayer walk on Tsukuba University’s campus, praying for the students.
The team to Russia taught digital media and marketing workshops in three different cities in Russia, using what they have learned at UVF to help pastors and churches network and grow their reach to the Russian people and bring the hope of the gospel. After the workshops, the team was able to converse and spend time with the attendees. It was this easy communication and willing friendship by which the attendees were particularly touched, shared Deborah Phillips ’18. They also visited two orphanages in Novokuznetsk – one of which had been closed to the local church. However, through the church’s nonprofit organization and the team of UVF students, they were able to go into that orphanage, teach American sports, and play with and minister to the kids there – many of whom were led in the salvation prayer.
The team going to India is primarily made up of education students and alumni who will be teaching in a Christian school in Chennai. They are leaving Saturday, June 30 and returning mid-July. The team will be leading Bible-based lessons in Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Creative Arts, and Physical Education to students in kindergarten to 7th grade. They will also be visiting a few orphanages, one of which is for children with disabilities. Join us in praying for them as they teach children, minister to the teachers, and spread the love of Jesus there.