The Power of Long-Term Investment

At the beginning of the summer, Maggie and I made a pastoral trip to Students International in the Dominican Republic. The goal for our pastoral trips is always to meet individually with staff: to listen, to give advice, to encourage, to bless, and to pray. It was an amazing time! We loved hearing the heart and passion of the staff…

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Global Bridge, SI’s Gap Year Program

High School juniors and seniors take notice: An experience of a lifetime! Study online at a university level, live in another culture, encounter God in new ways, learn to speak a second language, and make new friends for a lifetime! Sound exciting and adventurous? Well it is! Hi, I’m Lowell Troyer, and I am the Vice President of Field Operations…

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The 2015-2016 class of Global Bridge

The Gap Year: A New Development in Missions

Here at Students International, we do our best to be a holistic missions organization that provides students and adults with open doors to serve in vocational ministry short term as well as longer-term. SI is not just a short-term missions sending organization. Our trips range from one and two weeks to summer internships to semester and a gap year program…

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Kayleigh (on the far right) in Costa Rica

After a two-week outreach, now what?

During the Outreach Since the moment we drove away from the airport I knew I was going to love Costa Rica. The familiar smells of Latin America filled my senses as I took in all the foreign billboards and stacked architecture. Muddled Spanish was being spoken all around me and I longed for a piece of fruit from one of…

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Are Short-Term Mission Trips worth it? ­ Part 3

Part 3: What benefit does short term missions have for nationals and our long-term staff? One of the biggest questions people often wrestle with in doing short-term missions is “What benefit to these trips have for nationals (people who are native to the country you’re visiting), as well as for missionaries who are serving long-term?”  This question seems to be the…

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Mas x Menos

The Little Things

In my work teaching in our semester program and working with our site leaders I find myself often thinking about the various cycles we see repeated in the communities we serve in; cycles of abuse, family dysfunction, and poverty among others that are passed on from generation to generation. They are passed on until someone makes the decision to swim…

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Nicaragua Home Visit

Are Short-Term Mission Trips Worth It? Part 2

Part 2: Is it better to go or send money? If you’re just joining our conversation, this is part 2 of a three part series on the value of short-term missions. If you missed part 1, feel free to click here and get caught up. In the last twelve years of being involved in short-term missions (vocationally for the last…

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Are Short-Term Mission Trips Worth It? Part 1

Part 1: Short-term and Long-term missions working together If you’re anything like me, you’ve asked the questions, “Are short-term missions even worth it?” “Wouldn’t it be more effective to just raise the money and give it to the ministry?” “What benefit does it really have on the people in that country?” or “It often seems the short-term team benefits more…

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Scribbles on Paper

I am blessed to have three children ages 11, 9, and 5. Ever since they were old enough to hold a crayon and scribble on paper they have loved to present their works of art to me saying, “Look what I made for you daddy!” Like fathers everywhere I would respond with an overly enthusiastic, “Wow!! It’s amazing! I love…

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Hope in the Dust

There are places in this world and in our lives that appear dark – where hope is the last thing we would expect to spring out of them. I’m learning more and more that the character of God is just that – bringing life into the dark and the barren. And when I leave the comfort and predictability of home…

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