Traveling light


Last week our CEO Dave Hansen spoke with the Joshua Wilderness students before they headed out on their outreach to Dominican Republic. He shared how much he loves this opportunity because of the unique place these students are in right now, and in their anticipation right before leaving on an overseas outreach. As they were all about to pack their…

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Dave and Janice Hansen

A Note From the President: The Call


“How do I know if God is calling me to the mission field?” I just spent this last week talking to over 50 college age students at Hume Lake’s Joshua Project. Among 18-22 year old Christian students, this is not a new question, and neither is it a minor one. With the students I spoke with last week, this question…

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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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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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A Note from the President


Students International began in the mid 90’s with full time ministry in Guatemala. I had the privilege of bringing the second short term team of high school students when I was teaching and coaching at a Christian High School. Then in the year 2000, Students International launched a new “arm” of ministry by beginning a four month long semester study…

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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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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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A Note from the President


“…the Harvest is plentiful but the workers are few”. Jesus said these words 2000 years ago and in this area things haven’t changed much. Right now as I write these words Janice and I are in the island nation of Fiji and there are needs everywhere. As I met with and encouraged the staff this morning, we lamented the fact…

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Consider the Shepherds: A note from the President of SI


“….and they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and…

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Retirement?…A Note from the President


Mary Ellen Meyer, former high school secretary at Jupiter Christian in Florida, has probably led more short-term outreach teams with SI than any other leader this past decade. Today you will find her with her husband, Dick, greeting and hosting teams as they come to the SI base in the Dominican Republic. Both Mary Ellen and Dick have just retired…

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