By Adrianna Castaneda
Looking for a way to explore different countries and cultures while serving God? Worldwide Witness offers many mission trips to various places for college students who want to do just this.
Deanna Meredith, graduate missions major from Houston, became involved with Worldwide Witness two years ago on a two-month mission trip to Buenos Aires.
Meredith said the experience was a great opportunity to live abroad; broaden her view of the church as a global church and more of a relational ministry; and was more realistic than any other trip with which she has been involved.
“I just worked with the missionaries and got a feel for what the missionary life was like,” Meredith said.
Brent Bailey, junior Biblical text major from Houston, traveled to Papua New Guinea with Pioneer Bible Translators, an organization that provides Bible translations, teaches literacy and plants churches. WWW partnered with PBT to arrange the trip.
Bailey said the trip was incredible; he spent time in the “bush” learning the language and working with people throughout their daily activities.
“One of our main goals was to learn the language, so, it was a really cool feeling being able to communicate with people who lived on the other side of the world,” Bailey said.
Dr. Gary Green, director of WWW and missions coordinator for Latin America and South Pacific, has been working with students to find the right mission for them.
Green said students should participate in the program for many reasons.
“The program gives students the opportunity to serve people outside of their comfort zones and gives a better understanding of your strengths,” Green said.
Recruiting for the program starts in the fall, and training begins in the spring, he said.
Students can choose to help with youth ministry or orphanages, or plant young churches in more than 50 locations.
Information will be available in the McGlothlin Campus Center in November for students interested in the program.
To apply, visit the Web site, www.worldwidewitness.org. The application fee is $40.