We hope to bring compassion and love to those who are considered outcasts by the society and give ourselves away to a country in desperate need of compassion
Newberg, Ore. (Vocus) April 27, 2010
A team of 17 George Fox students will be in Swaziland in May to conduct nearly four weeks of service as part of the university’s May Serve Christian service program.
The students will work with AIM Ministries, an interdenominational missions organization that focuses on discipleship, prayer and developing relationships in helping the world’s poor. The team will reach out to orphans at various care points. The care points, set up by local pastors, provide food and education for needy children. In addition, team members may have a chance to engage with adults who are in the last stages of AIDS.
“We hope to bring compassion and love to those who are considered outcasts by the society and give ourselves away to a country in desperate need of compassion,” said Andrea Crenshaw, director of outreach and service at George Fox.
Currently, Swaziland nationals and missionaries are ministering to the country through a medical clinic, soccer ministry and educational resources. The George Fox team will work in conjunction with AIM to find the best outlet for ministry.
The team is currently meeting weekly for prayer, planning, and preparation for the trip.
Now in its 21st year, the George Fox May Serve program allows students to spend a month in volunteer service in cross-cultural settings. Previous May Serve trips have gone to Thailand, Ukraine, Brazil, India, Cuba, Jamaica, Romania and the Philippines.
Students are selected through an application process. Each student pays his or her own way. Part of the fundraising includes garage sales, auctions, raffles, car washes and charity dinners. To learn more about the program or donate to this year’s trip, contact Crenshaw at 503-554-2323.
George Fox also sponsors weeklong service trips during Christmas break and spring break.
George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 100 colleges in the country and highest among Christian colleges. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,300 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees.
Director of Outreach and Service