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.
“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.”
“It wasn’t especially clear how God was working in that community. . . . It’s a matter of faith to be there, to show up.”
“Witnessing the Wycliffe staff drive through every possible obstacle to bring the gospel to people who hadn’t heard it was the singular influence on my decision to go into Presbyterian ministry.”
Janie Stuart interviews a university student to get a window into the “young minds” of today.