Overseas Study, Service Awaits Taylor Lighthouse Students

By Jim Garringer Published: Dec 19, 2011

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More than 100 Taylor University students, faculty and staff members will be spending much of January engaged in service learning and ministry-related work on the continents of South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

The students are traveling through Lighthouse, a part of Taylor World Outreach (TWO), and will learn and serve in the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India and Paraguay. According to Lighthouse Director Jenny Collins ’89, Lighthouse participants gain course credit hours through a fall preparation class and team discussions.

“Lighthouse projects equip our students to be globally-engaged servant leaders and accomplish Taylor’s mission of sharing Christ’s redemptive love and truth with a world in need,” she said. “The trips consistently challenge their worldview and provide exposure to other cultures and the global Church. The opportunity to learn and serve through Lighthouse in an international setting has been a distinctive of the Taylor experience for more than 40 years for more than 2,000 Taylor University students.”

“It’s about effective kingdom service and transformative Christ-centered ministry alongside well-established partner ministries,” Collins said. “I’m excited about the breadth and the depth of Lighthouse’s strong pre-trip preparation and the relationships that have been formed between our trip leaders and their international hosts.

“The resources that go into Lighthouse are bearing a lot of spiritual and academic fruit,” Collins added. “We hear from our partners in the host countries and they are very encouraged and grateful for our teams’ service and cultural preparation. Based on what they are saying, we trust that our students’ work is making a difference around the world. Research on the students themselves shows that the trips help students develop lasting values and character that will equip them for a lifetime of serving.”

Destinations (January updates will be posted at tulighthouse.wordpress.com):

Czech Republic: 16 students will work with Caleb’s Heart ministry in Chotebor, building relationships through teaching English and Phys. Ed. in public schools with evening follow-up sessions, visiting children’s homes, leading Bible studies and sports with gypsy youth, and organizing youth group programs.

Ecuador: 13 students will continue Taylor's partnership with the Verbo Church and will live with host families in Guabo and Cuenca. They will serve with the church in evangelism, work projects, youth programs and among vulnerable children at a Compassion International project and Verbo’s children’s home. www.verbocuenca.org.

Ethiopia: 16 students will teach/tutor at Project Mercy’s school for 1,500 village students in Yetebon. They will also minister to 80 orphans and may provide leadership development and organize sports activities. Project Mercy was founded by former Taylor Trustee, Marta Gabre-Tsadick. www.projectmercy.org.

Guatemala: 14 students will work with Mission Impact on community development projects to address important needs in a mountain village. The projects include water resources (rain catchment, water filters, purification systems), economic development,  fuel-efficient stoves, and creation care/health training.  www.missionimpact.com.

India: 16 students will minister alongside India Youth for Christ in the Hyderabad and Tenkasi areas through performing arts/evangelism ministry with college students and youth in schools, club meetings, and churches. The team will also be involved in discipleship, home-stays, and exposure to street children outreach.  www.indiayfc.org.

Paraguay: 14 students will partner with LETRA Paraguay serving the Aché people for whom Taylor funded a Bible translation. They will provide discipleship, music, and VBS programs for youth and children, be involved in church services, and do construction projects in the Chupapou Aché community. www.oneverse.org/project/ache.

Please pray for:

  • God to be glorified and His will accomplished as the teams partner with our international hosts
  • Resilient team unity, a growing love for God and others, humble flexibility and servant hearts
  • Faith, wisdom and courage for ministering and communicating effectively across cultures
  • Significant learning experiences and long-term growth
  • Safe/smooth travel, energy, health and God’s protection

If you would like prayer cards for the teams, please contact Taylor World Outreach