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Students Leave for Lighthouse Overseas Ministries

  • Published: Jan 6, 2015 4:00PM

Seventy-three Taylor University students and nine faculty/staff sponsors leave this week for Lighthouse trips to locations ranging from Ethiopia and Nepal to Paraguay, Peru and Southeast Asia.

Since its first trips in the early 1970s, thousands of Taylor students have traveled throughout the world for mission, service and study trips.

Following is a recap of each of the destinations. The teams are scheduled to return later this month.


Sixteen students will teach at Project Mercy’s school for 1,500 village students in the predominantly Muslim area of Yetebon. They will also minister to 80 orphans, and provided leadership development and sports activities. The team will spend significant time tutoring students after school to help them prepare for regional exams. Project Mercy was founded by former Taylor Trustee, Marta Gabre-Tsadick. www.projectmercy.org.

Sponsor: Leon Harshenin


Fourteen students join Tiny Hands International (THI) in their call to serve orphans, street children and those threatened by the sex-trafficking industry. They will visit Kathmandu, Pokhara and border monitoring stations where THI Nepali staff intercept girls about to be trafficked into Indo.  They will care for vulnerable children in children’s homes and minister to street children. Tiny Hands was founded by alumnus John Molineux. www.tinyhandsinternational.org.

Sponsors: Steve and Erika Mortland


Sixteen students will partner with LETRA Paraguay serving the Toba Maskoy people for whom Taylor has helped fund a Bible translation. They provided discipleship, music, and VBS programs for youth and children, were involved in church services, and constructed a room addition to the missionaries working there in the Chaco village. www.oneverse.org/project/ache.

Sponsors: Jon McIlvaine (MAHE ’15) and Tony Wormgoor


Fourteen students plan to work alongside VisionTrust and Hogar Casa Luz, a safe haven for newborns to 12th graders. They will provide Bible studies, VBS activities, purity training for teens, health assessments/education, and ministry in a local church and feeding center. They will also serve on VisionTrust’s farm that is striving for self-sustainability and help with a retreat in the mountains for the teens, where they will have the chance to visit the ruins of a pre-Incan civilization. The President of VisionTrust is alumnus Matt Storrer. www.visiontrust.org.

Sponsors: Isaac Bryan and Katie Rousopoulos

Southeast Asia

Thirteen students will work in Southeast Asia, reaching locals by participating in ethno-tourism. This will involve three home stays on different islands with subsistence-fishing families that allow for building relationships and sharing testimonies. They also will help complete community development projects.

Sponsors: Lisa Barber and Travis Yoder