If you are interested in applying for a SMP program this summer, you can apply at Wheaton's goglobal site >>. Please follow the site's instructions for online submission. Applications will only be available online. When you apply, please select TBD as your location. Also, do not choose dates at the time of application. We will update this information on your behalf post selection. If you have any questions or need assistance please feel free to email Matthew Vega, Assistant Director. All applications are due November 6, 2015. (We will be accepting applications past this date IF interview spaces are available. Spaces are filled on a first come first served basis)
Important Dates to Remember:
- Applications are due November 6, 2015
- We will be conducting interviews November 9 - December 3, 2015
- Decision Letters will be mailed out through CPO December 7, 2015
- Our first orientation meeting will be December 10, 2015
- Kick-Off Workshop will be January 15 - January 17, 2016
Possible Programs for the Summer of 2016:
Below is a listing of some of the possible sites and partners we will be sending students with this coming summer. This is not an exhaustive list. If you are interested in a specific kind of ministry or in a certain country or people group, please specify on your application and we will do our best to place you accordingly. Some of the programs listed below are also major specific. We have teaching ministries for Christian Education or Education students, medical ministries for Pre-Medicine, Biology, Psychology, and Applied Health Science Students, as well as a Business as mission opportunity in Indonesia. Please stop by the Office of Christian Outreach for more information and be looking for a mailer in CPO with more detailed descriptions in the coming weeks.
Hospitals of Hope >>
Work with Hospitals of Hope (HOH) where their motto is “Showing Christ's love by healing bodies and souls. HOH accomplishes this goal by using medicine as the medium to first heal the physical body and then using the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cure the soul. HOH use(s) volunteers from every level of the medical profession along with non-medical professionals to accomplish (their) mission. Students desiring international medical mission experience are also welcome to serve at the HOH clinic in Cochabamba, Bolivia in South America.” (Quote taken from Hospitals of Hope Website).
Ministry will include a combination of disaster relief work, English outreach, and young adult ministry.
Hong Kong, SAR; Changzhou, China
We strongly emphasize the idea of relational ministry. Our teams are focused on building lasting friendships with their students that lead to conversations about the gospel. SMP students would be asked to serve faithfully on a team of committed Christians. Each participant is assigned a classroom of 20 Asian teenagers who are hoping to improve their conversational English skills. They will teach that class for 3 hours every weekday morning and will be asked to plan lessons and activities that make the time fun, interactive and engaging. After that 3 hour classroom time, participants join together with their team to conduct a high-energy afternoon filled with cultural presentations, games, sports and activities. This is a time for students to see their teachers in a different way. It creates a healthy environment focused on further developing friendships. In the evening, teams plan for activities the next day, get in the Word and pray over their time. Teams also spend the evenings hanging out with students outside the classroom, exploring the city they are placed in. The purpose of the program is to give participants the chance to build friendships with the people of Asia. We believe that through these relationships, conversations about the gospel will happen. We encourage participants to guide conversations towards spiritual discussions. Through teaching conversational English and outside the classroom activities, these conversations occur naturally and make a lasting impact.
Paz Y Esperanza >>
Partner with Paz y Esperanza (Peace and Hope) "a Christian human rights organization dedicated to defending and promoting justice on behalf of persons and communities living in poverty or affected by different forms of injustice. We are an organization whose values and foundation are based in Christian principles. We work with and alongside people of different races, religions, gender, age, etc. We collaborate with grassroots organizations, local, regional and national authorities, and a variety of civil society groups. Our actions are rooted in the belief that each human person is endowed with dignity because s/he is created in the image and likeness of God." Next summer, you can partner with this organization by living in a home/facility built by Paz for abused women and children. Share the love of Christ with them in practical ways while justice is pursued on their behalf by Paz Y Esperanza. You will learn about women's rights issues, justice issues, and the holistic help each person needs and receives as part of this ministry.
Kids Alive >>
Work with Kids Alive, which “is a faith-based organization seeking to follow the example of Jesus Christ by responding with sacrificial love to the world's suffering children, as we also work to build more just societies. We care for the whole child by providing for the full range of spiritual, educational, social, physical, and emotional needs, believing children should have the opportunity to grow and develop to their full potential. Because we believe in the nurturing power of the family, Kids Alive strengthens existing families and places unprotected children in safe, family-style homes, preparing them to lead healthy families of their own in the future. Kids Alive is committed to partnering with local churches around the world, both because it enables us to rescue more needy children, and because it helps cultivate local leadership and develop culturally-relevant, caring communities for children. It is our strong desire that Kids Alive be known for the integrity of our relationships, the clarity of our communication, our determined pursuit of quality, and our accountability with resources entrusted to us.” (Taken from Kids Alive's Website). While in the Dominican Republic, you will work with teachers to develop curriculum and teach the children in the care of Kids Alive. Greece Pioneers >>
Because of the geographical context of working with a people group that live on 3,200 islands, neither foreigners nor nationals are able to have an authentic presence on these islands outside of what our tourism business provides. Our Ethno Tourists provide a legitimate reason for us to spend time on these islands and build relationships with the Sea Tribe people. They also provide relationships that provide a reason to return in the future for follow-up and discipleship. During these Ethno Tours, the participants are able to interact personally with Muslims. They are able to learn about Islam and ministry to Muslims directly from Muslim people. This creates relationships and helps to break down stereotypes, misconceptions, fear, etc. In return, participants learn to love Muslims and God grows a vision and burden to reach Muslims for Christ.
Kashmir, India; Sao Paolo, Brazil
Rainbows of Hope>>
Church-planting, children at risk crisis ministry, hands on ministry, discipleship of believers, teaching English, children’s programs, reaching the unreached and assisting current missionaries.
Southeast Asia & East Asia
CRU Summer Ministries
Southeast Asia provides work with high school and college students as well as orphans and women caught in human trafficking; opportunities to talk with Hindus and Muslims about Jesus. East Asia provides ministry opportunities with college students (ESL conversations).
This ministry has a variety of opportunities to use volunteers interests including children's ministry, working in an orphanage, teaching in schools, girls mentoring, and sports coaching. Along with children's ministry there are several ministries that reach out to the community including feeding programs, prenatal education and care, and construction to aid in disaster relief.