Vanesa’s story from the field


As we come to the end of 2013, I am writing to you to request your support for our national staff. Half of SI’s field staff are from the countries in which they serve, so these donations are critical to our ministry. Our national staff is one of the most exciting aspects of our ministry. God has brought us an…

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Is SI a Short Term Missions Organization? Or Full-time? …Or what?


In the North American church, short-term missions have exploded in numbers in the past few decades. In fact, today more church dollars are spent on short term missions than on supporting full-time missions. It is a reaction to the globalization we are all going through. The world is smaller and more accessible to us. As a result of this changing…

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Getting to Know… Suzanne Bidwell


Where are you from? I am from Woodlake, California. Describe your role with Students International I am a retired school teacher. I have found that retirees are such a great resource for missions. We have all the training, and now we have time. I volunteer with the International Service Center in the area of Human Resources. Mainly, I help with…

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A Note from the President – The Gift of a Sending Church


This past weekend Janice and I were together with Lowell and Cheryl Troyer along with Nate and Maggie Slabach and a host of others celebrating the marriage of Alicia Troyer to Nick Gerig. What a wonderful celebration of marriage and a great reunion of family and friends. Sunday morning we attended the River of Life Church where Nate was asked…

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Ministry Highlights in Guatemala


We are grateful for the completion of a full summer of short-term outreaches. We have 11 ministry sites running in SI Guatemala. Around 16 full time staff. Our newest site: Sports, lead by Marcos Canahui, who used to be the site leader for Education at El Gorrion for the last 6 years. Marcos is playing sports with different groups of…

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Getting to Know… Fernando and Marianela Saravia


Where are you from? I (Fernando) am from Guatemala. Marianela is from Panama. We have three daughters: Nivia (23), Marianela “Nelita” (20), and Marlene (18). Where do you work/What is your role with SI? I am the SI Guatemala Field Director for the last 8 years. I work at the SI office in Antigua, Guatemala, and I do mostly administrative…

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A Note from the President


It is difficult to believe that the month of July is behind us! As our summer outreach season comes to a close, I am grateful for all the kingdom work happening in the countries in which SI serves. Janice and I are sitting in the international airport in Fiji as we write this letter. We have just observed the last…

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Getting to Know… Michael Hernandez


Where are you from? I’m from Jarabacoa (DR). Where do you work/Describe your ministry site: I work in Los Higos, an education site. The name of the preschool is “Mis Primeros Pasos” (My First Steps). We have around 17 kids from ages three to nine years old. They come and learn about school but also about Jesus and his love….

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It is a Revolution! A Volleyball Revolution


Something more than volleyball Here in the Dominican Republic we have a VC Revolution – Volleyball Club Revolution. The idea is to “revolutionize” the way volleyball is coached. We want to not only be a great volleyball club, but we want to teach girls something that will last much longer than just volleyball. I’ve always heard that parents have a…

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Getting to know… Silvio Martinez


Where are you from? I´m from Nicaragua. Where do you work/Describe your ministry site: I work in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic and my site is the Physical Therapy and Rehab Center. I am a Physical Therapist, and I see patients with many different physical disorders (including musculoskeletal, orthopedic, and neurological disorders) that impede motor function. Before coming to therapy, patients are…

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