Every summer Cedarville Global Outreach sends teams of students, faculty, and staff around the world to share the Gospel, encourage missionaries, and provide practical help to those with physical and spiritual needs. Currently, our team in China is building relationships with Chinese students through games and sports, teaching English, and sharing about the true meaning of Easter. Please pray for this and other teams, that the Lord would open doors for them to have life-changing conversations about faith in Jesus Christ. You can follow along with the various teams through the Global Outreach blog.
More than 150 students, faculty, and staff recently returned from four domestic and 11 international spring break missions trips. Reports are coming in of opportunities to share the Gospel, serve the less fortunate, and pray with people to receive Christ as Savior. I am so encouraged by the sacrificial choices our students make to serve the Lord through Global Outreach during their breaks from campus.
Last fall, our School of Nursing students began partnering with a local ministry called Shoes for the Shoeless, an organization that provides shoes to kids who are in need. Our nursing students worked with the Springfield, Ohio public schools to identify children who would benefit from this ministry and then visited those schools to fit needy children with a new pair of shoes. This partnership has been a powerful reminder of how the Gospel compels Cedarville students to meet physical needs while sharing the hope they have found in Jesus. Watch a moving video showing our nursing students as the hands and feet of Jesus.
Our computer science students have been involved in a very exciting project, combining their vocation with their passion for the Gospel. They have created a smartphone application that can be used as an evangelism and discipleship tool for sharing the Gospel with unreached people groups who have little to no written language. The app was tested last summer in Kenya and Uganda, and they expect to release a final version this year.
This year, we hosted our largest missions conference ever, with 100 missions organizations and more than 50 missionaries on campus. Dr. Kevin Ezell of the North American Mission Board and Cedarville’s own Dr. Matt Bennett, Assistant Professor of Missions and Theology, challenged students to not just take the Gospel to places far away, but to live with Gospel purpose and passion wherever He leads them.
Watch the video below for highlights of this year’s Missions Conference.
In a few short days, 101 missionaries and 54 mission agencies will gather on campus for the largest Missions Conference ever hosted by Cedarville University. Dr. Kevin Ezell, President of the North American Mission Board (NAMB), will be our keynote speaker and Dr. Matt Bennett, Assistant Professor of Missions and Theology, will give the closing message. My hope and prayer is that God will work in our midst in a powerful way, calling Cedarville students to a lifetime of Gospel purpose at their jobs, in their neighborhoods, and in places where the name of Jesus has not yet been proclaimed.
Chapel sessions will be livestreamed at 10 AM and 7 PM each day.
I’m excited to share with you that Cedarville Magazine is now available online. The fall issue is full of information about Cedarville’s heartbeat for missions and how our Global Outreach department is coming alongside students to help them fulfill the Great Commission locally, nationally, and around the world. You’ll also find stories of faithful alumni who have committed their lives to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. I am grateful to be part of an institution where the Gospel reigns supreme in the lives of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
I love to introduce you to Cedarville students, and this story is particularly special. Hitesh Kewalramani ’21 was raised as a Hindu in India. When he reached college age, he came to the United States to study, beginning at a community college in the Chicago area where he met Ethan Hand ’21. The two began a friendship that led Hitesh to eventually ask, “Why are you different?” That question began a journey for Hitesh that led him to a saving relationship with Jesus and then to Cedarville University for professional training and biblical grounding in his new relationship with God. What a privilege for Cedarville University to have a part in equipping students for a lifetime of ministry! Watch the video below to hear Hitesh’s powerful testimony.
We sent 23 domestic and international teams, with 14 faculty and staff and 171 students, on short-term missions trips this summer. These teams brought the Gospel to patients seeking medical care in the most diverse mile in America, to kids in need at a Kentucky youth camp, to teens in Germany, to young soccer players in Costa Rica, and to kids learning English in the Czech Republic. And they did it all out of obedience to King Jesus and His call to reach the nations. Look for more stories of Gospel impact in this fall’s Cedarville Magazine, which will feature reports from this summer, but also stories of how God is using Cedarville in powerful, long-term ways to build His Kingdom through global outreach. You can read more about our summer teams on the CUGO blog.
For 25 teams and 190 students, faculty, and staff, summer will be a time to serve on domestic and international missions trips. In May, a medical team traveled to Clarkston, Georgia, to meet the healthcare needs and share the Gospel with 90 different people groups who all happen to live within one-square mile. Also, 11 of our string musicians just completed a first-of-its-kind chamber orchestra missions trip to Italy, where they performed and ministered from Rome to Trieste. We ask that you remember our students in prayer as they seek to bring the Gospel to all nations this summer. You can keep up with how they’re doing through the Global Outreach blog.