Go and Make Disciples


Written By: April Ether, SI Staff in Santiago, Dominican Republic I cross the narrow bridge over the slow-moving canal and enter Los Mangos, the clinic moving into view as I round the corner. Already there are patients waiting lined up on the sidewalk, ready for the day to begin. We open the door, organize everyone in the waiting room, the…

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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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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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Getting to Know… Katia Bracamontes


Hi! My name is Katia Bracamontes. I’m a single mom of two kids. I was born in San Juan de Oriente, Masaya, Nicaragua. What is your role with SI Nicaragua, and how long have you been doing it? I have been called to be a part of S.I. Nicaragua for almost 3 years. I work at the microfinance site. The…

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Meet Dave Adams


Dave is from Doylestown, Pennsylvania (about an hour north of Philadelphia). He served as an intern in the DR at the sports site for 10 weeks during the summer of 2008. At the point of his internship he had just finished his senior year at Taylor University, but still needed to complete his student teaching the following fall semester. At…

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Getting to Know… Mario and Kara Mendez


Where do you work? Mario: I work in the Carpentry site in Magdalena, Guatemala. In our site we work with young boys and youth from the community to teach them new woodworking techniques and projects so that they will learn a new trade. Our hope is that they will come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior through attending…

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New SI Staff


Last week a group of 14 new Students International staff gathered at our Service Center in Visalia for a couple of days of training, fellowship, and commissioning. We are excited about how the Lord will use this dynamic group as they serve Him. Introducing… From left to right: Kara and Mario Mendez (Guatemala), Kyle and Theresa Fast (Costa Rica), Bree…

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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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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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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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