Top: Missions class team with students of Nile Union Academy
Left: Matthew Hylton and a new friend at the Sudanese Refugee school in Cairo
Right: Jill Seibold enjoys getting to know Sudanese refugee childern
The Introduction to Missions class provides a unique learning
experience at Andrews University. Combining the classroom study of
mission with a short-term hands-on missions experience in a cross-
cultural contest. During the Spring break of March 2007 the class,
led by Pastor Glenn Russell of the Department of Religion, went to
Cairo, Egypt to conduct a week of Spiritual Emphasis at Nile Union
Academy. They also conducted worships and taught classes at a school
for Sudanese refugees. While in Egypt, the Andrews students sang,
prayed, preached, taught, listened, learned and mingled with the
students at both schools as they shared their faith. In their
reflection papers, the students repeatedly described the missions
class and the trip as an "awesome experience" which included the
biblical study, cross-cultural missions and mentoring in ministry.
Left: Daniel Stepp preaching at Nile Union Academy
Right: Estere Galeniece preaching during Week of Prayer at NUA
On Sabbath several thousand came to hear Ionatana preach God's word.
Dr. Lael Caesar energetically calls for decisions while preaching at his campaign site in Kenya.
During May and June 2007 a team of 10 students responded to God's call to share the gospel in Nyamira, Kenya. Faculty members Dr. Lael Caesar and Brian Manley also conducted campaigns with the students at the twelve campaign sites. Elaine Manley, Andrews Academy faculty and former missionary to Kenya, led out in children's ministries and family life talks. Pastor Glenn Russell from the Department of Religion served as the coordinator and director of the team. The Andrews team consisted of students from many majors such as social work, biology, religion and theology. As they faced the challenges of preaching outdoors during the daily heavy rains, the students discovered much about faith and prayer. Wonderful daily worship times and diligent class sessions helped inspire and inform the team as they prepared to preach each evening. The joys of seeing individuals responds to the Gospel were compounded as eternal decisions were many by hundreds who attended the meetings. The final Sabbath was a high day as 1,353 individuals were baptized and joined God's global church family. As a tired but thankful team departed from Kenya, they were thankful for what God had done. They also generously provided funds for local workers to continue nurturing and ministering these new believers for the next year. The trip concluded with a day's visit to the Masai Mara game park to witness the wonders of God's wildlife creation.
Daphnee Cherubim preaching at her site in Kenya.
Sermon preparation by the team in Nyamira, Kenya