Alternative Gift Ideas


This year do you want to give gifts that make a difference? Check out these two options, gifts that also are helping ministry to the poor: Handmade Greeting Cards. Check out the Guatemala Greetings Christmas Cards website. Lanna Coffee donates $5 of each pound of coffee to SI’s ministry. Check out their website at Lanna Coffee.

A Note from the President


Dear Students International Family, My pastor (Dennis Fast) just preached a dynamic sermon on giving last Sunday. He told us that we Mennonites are known for not dancing unless the subject is our money and then we dance around quite well! That prompted a laugh, of course, but we all got the point. As you probably know, all of our…

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Spotlight on our Staff… an interview with Courtney Shelton


Where are you from? I was born, raised, and currently live in Visalia, CA. Where do you work and describe your role with SI. I work at the SI International Service Center in Visalia, CA. My role is in the area of data entry and as the Assistant Teams Coordinator working alongside Pam Christy. The data entry involves processing and…

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A Note from the President


Autumn is my favorite time of the year! I love the end of hot weather, the beautiful colors of the changing leaves and the brisk morning and evening chill (reminding me that football season is here!). These past few years September has become a month of banquets and celebrations in our mission of Students International. This past month was no…

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Celebrating at an SI Banquet


With over 500 people in attendance, this year’s Students International Fundraising Banquet in Visalia, CA, and with over 200 at the Indiana banquet, this year proved to be the biggest year of banquets in SI history. For some the banquets were a great time of reunion, and the chance to reconnect with field staff, but these events also included: great…

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A Summer Intern’s Perspective on Fiji


We’ve received a Fiji update from SI summer intern, and new staff member, Megan Mickelsen: Fiji has been quite the adventure during this 2012 summer season of teams. Through my role as a teams director/summer intern, I was able to watch and participate in the work that God was doing both in the community of Lautoka and in the lives…

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Nicaragua Medicine And Education Sites


We sense God’s favor on our partner ministries in Medicine and Education. The Cornerstone team connected with Dr. Celia in such a significant way that she was in tears as she thanked them and said goodbye. And Bill is doing a great job as he leads our teams in assisting the English teachers at the school. The school director would…

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Nicaragua Microfinance Site


We see God at work in the Micro-Finance ministry to women forced to be providers for their families. Through Maria’s assistance they are learning hammock making, and classes are being offered in crocheting and hair cutting. Biblical business principles are taught as well as counsel given in practical areas of life. Women in abusive situations are guided to make wise…

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Nicaragua Social Work Sites


Maria Jose and Jill had a creative inspiration for a Father’s Day activity. They invited the ladies who participate in our program to write anonymous Father’s Day letters to their dads. Only Maria Jose and Jill would read the letters. Common themes in the letters were, “I hate you because….” The reasons were varied, from abandonment to sexual molestation. There…

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A Semester in Costa Rica


On January 12 we welcomed 8 students from Fresno Pacific University as part of our first ever study abroad program in Costa Rica. The students have been busy studying Spanish at a local language school, taking ministry courses from our SI staff, and working in the various ministry sites. Through it all they have been challenged to encounter God and…

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