Valparaiso Ministry*

While abroad, students will be partnered with a Mission Mentor who will help them get involved with ministry opportunities and connect them with a local church and the Christian community in Valparaiso. Students will meet regularly with their Mission Mentor for prayer, reflection, and spiritual accountability; the spiritual support and opportunities will make their time abroad transformational!

In Chile, ministry opportunities include serving at elder care home “Años Dorados”, in orphan care, youth ministry, food provision for homeless, and visits to Protestant high schools.

The International Mission/Service-Learning Practicum will enhance and help students internalize their experience, and provides a great opportunity to reinforce cross-cultural missions, and earn college credit. The course formalizes the student's 7-10 hours of ministry including reflection activities, journal entries, and cultural research. 

 

 

Blog Post from Valparaiso Spring Veritas student

Jenna Stanford from Mississippi State University

"Before coming to Chile, I was told that it would be a life-changing experience, and I believed it. That being said, I was in no way prepared for the depth of the impact this trip would have on my life and on my faith. My walk with Christ was challenged, deepened, and expanded by my exposure to believers and nonbelievers in Chile, and the experiences I was able to have. I found that my view of God and His church was profoundly changed in ways I could never have predicted!

In the midst of all this lesson learning, I began to see how off-base my perspective of mission work had been. Though I am embarrassed to admit it, I viewed missionaries as people who traveled to spiritually impoverished areas to give knowledge and guidance to people who would otherwise have no faith to stand on. However, after traveling to a foreign country (not necessarily as a missionary, but with a mission-minded perspective) I received more spiritual knowledge from the believers in Chile than I knew what to do with. I worked alongside Chileans, not for them. I was also reminded that no matter where I am, I am called to missions. It’s something I’ve known for a long time, but until Chile, I had failed to implement it as diligently as I had wanted.

Traveling and doing mission work in Chile opened my eyes to the possibilities of what I can and should do at home. I have no idea where God will call me in the future, but wherever that may be, my mentality should be that of a missionary. I could write pages and pages about everything I learned and am still learning from my time in Chile. The people I got to know, especially my mission mentor, had a profound impact on my view of Christ, His people, His mission, and His deep irrevocable love. The Church has opened up for me on a global scale, but at the same time, I’m now more conscious than ever of my own call to serve Christ right where I am."

 

*Mission work differs by site & term. For ministry details for a specific term, please email info@veritasabroad.com