Students International partners short-term outreach participants with long-term missionary professionals to serve those in need through specific occupational ministries. Below is a description of those ministries where Students International is sharing the Good News in the area of Social Work.
The social work site in El Callejon builds unity among women and teenage girls through home visits, Bible study, craft projects, and various other activities. Most women in the site come because of brokenness, abuse, or neglect in their home. By teaching biblical principles concerning self-confidence, responsibility, sexual purity, wise decision-making, and character development, the women’s lives are transformed. In no other site do we see such radical changes in lives and homes. Participants can expect to be challenged in relating to women of another culture, and will be challenged to do so in a very personal manner. Learn more about how Students International is ministering in Dominican Republic.
The Social Work site in Los Higos attempts to create a nurturing environment for women by extending grace into tough circumstances. Women in the site are taught about biblical principles for everyday life thru bible studies, classes, and home visits. In addition, the women are taught practical skills that can help them earn a living for their family. Participants can expect to have plenty of face to face time with the women in the site, learning about a very different culture, while also being given opportunities to share about Jesus and His message for them. Learn more about how Students International is ministering in Dominican Republic.
Leo leads small groups of boys ranging in ages from 7 to 15 teaching them biblical principles that apply to all areas of life. The groups are centered around biblical teaching, and the goal for all of the groups is to see the next generation of men be changed into the likeness of God. In addition to bible studies, Leo also uses games and other activities to engage the boys. A large amount of time is also spent visiting homes, learning about the families of the boys and the communities from which they come. Participants will have a chance to lead a bible study, organize games, and meet with families. Learn more about how Students International is ministering in Dominican Republic.
Hermano Pedro is a catholic center, located in Antigua, servicing the people of Guatemala in a variety of areas. They provide outpatient care for low income families as well as attend to 280 permanent patients (40% abandoned by familes) with a variety of disabilities (cerebral palsy, down syndrome and stroke survivors). There are many volunteers that come to help out, but Students International has formed a special bond with the workers at Hermano Pedro, allowing us to help out in many areas. Participants help to feed patients, participate in some physical therapy activities, play and spend quality time with the patients. There are many different sections of the center, ranging from newborns, children, teen agers, and elderly people. Our mission is to be the hands and feet of Christ for the patients. We also have the opportunity to pray for them and, on occasion, take them to the park to enjoy some fresh air. Learn more about how Students International is ministering in Guatemala.
Similar to other organizations, Students International has a sponsorship program that allows people the opportunity to sponsor children from Guatemala. The program is currently active in two schools, one in El Gorrion and one in Magdalena. Sponsored children receive benefits, which includes help with tuition, school uniforms, health care, dental care, eye care, a birthday gift, Christmas gifts and school supplies. The sponsorship team will visit the schools and homes of sponsored children, help celebrate their birthdays, assist the teachers and parents in providing improved education and care for the children. The sponsorship team will help teach Nutritional Workshops at the Community Center and assist with office work related to running the program. Building relationships with the children and their families during home visits is a fundamental aspect of the sponsorship site and participants will be active in following up on the medical, educational and spiritual needs of the children. Learn more about how Students International is ministering in Guatemala.
The site will concentrate on working with at risk or abused women from Masaya. Learn more about how Students International is ministering in Nicaragua.
Partnering with a multi-faceted ministry in Las Fuentes, working with children, youth and their families. Activities may include: teaching English, tutoring, various sports, aerobic classes, visiting the sick and elderly, etc. Learn more about how Students International is ministering in Costa Rica.
Working with the elderly. Learn more about how Students International is ministering in Fiji.
Andrew Grigg, Student, James Madison University