University Ministries is celebrating 60 years of sending college students on summer mission trips. Read about the countries they keep going back to, plus stories of past Deputees from each decade of the program.
Meet some of the folks involved at UPC–staff, volunteers, and other leaders–in their own words.
Celebrating the way God invites us into relationships.
Located at 415 Westlake Ave N in South Lake Union, just blocks away from Amazon headquarters, the neighborhood around Union’s meeting place is rapidly growing. Rent is steep, but the congregation . . . has found God has provided what they’ve needed to be a part of the neighborhood.
In Marilynne Robinson’s book, _When I Was a Child I Wrote Books_, she thoughtfully states, “Community, at least community larger than the immediate family, consists very largely of imaginative love for people we do not know or whom we know very slightly.”
“When I got to Bangalore, I told Rita James, the principal of Asha Kiran and my host mother, that I wanted to be an occupational therapist. Right away she gave me the opportunity to work with three boys. It was frustrating, rewarding, confusing, and insightful.”
“The beauty of seeing God work through these children had little to do with what they said or any life-altering conversation I had. Rather, it was communicated in the subtle, discreet actions that allowed me to see God’s love in a way I had never experienced before.”
“I signed up for Deputation out of a desire to serve God wherever. At one point we even did street outreach in Dublin (read: open-air preaching—yikes!).”
“To be an orphan is to be marked, whether by your parents’ choice or not, as unwanted. But for those kids, someone cared enough about them to take them in, feed them, clothe them, and educate them, and that’s very hopeful.”
“I learned in Berkeley that the body of Christ is welcoming and loving no matter where you are. People just loved on us and welcomed us into their homes and allowed us to hang with their kids.”