NNU on a Mission is dedicated to sending students to different cultures in order to learn, love and serve. This summer, NNU sent teams to Colombia, Ghana and Haiti.
The Colombia group, led by Rev. Julene Tegerstrand and Dr. Michael Poe, traveled from May 13 to May 26 and consisted of NNU students Lindsay Ashton (Meridian, Idaho), Sarah Blum (Moscow, Idaho), Luke Conklin (The Dalles, Ore.), Tyler Crabb (Nampa, Idaho), Caitlin Jensen (Meridian, Idaho), Argia Larrocea-Phillips (Meridian, Idaho) and Raymond Sargent (Troutdale, Ore.). They stayed at a seminary in Colombia and were involved with soccer camps, prison ministry and ESL lessons.
Caitlin, Sarah and Argia, members of the NNU women’s soccer team, were naturals at sports ministry. Sarah explained the interactions, “We played a lot of soccer with kids between ages 12 and 18, and then shared our testimonies and the gospel with them.”
Other mission team members joined in on the fun of playing and building relationships with the kids. During prison ministry, as he sat among many prisoners who were all praising God, Dr. Poe described that he came “to the realization that God will take us no matter our circumstance and change our lives.” Poe, a professor of educational leadership at NNU, also spent time giving presentations to teachers and administrators.
The Colombia team shared their experiences with each other every night, and as Sarah described, “Within our team we got to see each other grow spiritually and have a really fun time while doing it.” The Colombia team lived out NNU on a Mission’s vision—learning about the Colombian culture and way of life, loving each other and the Colombian people, and serving others in settings from prisons to soccer fields.
Photo caption #1: Julene Tegerstrand and Lindsay Ashton paint faces.jpg View of Colombia.jpg; Photo #2: View of Colombia.jpg; Photo #3: Luke Conklin and Tyler Crabb with kids in Colombia .jpg