Vanguard University has a long history of training, sending, and supporting missionaries. Our Vanguard University Outreach short-term mission program is an integral part of that rich heritage!
Beyond the two or three week experience, our mission program has long-term transformation at its core. This transformation is both for our students and the people they will serve around the world.
[Participating Alumni names are in bold]
Study Abroad: VU Italia (May 12-June 12)
This study abroad trip will take 24 Vanguard students through a 9-unit course throughout three cities in Italy. It is led by three Vanguard University faculty – Greg Austring ’82 (Intercultural Studies), Sue Berkompas (Theatre Arts), and Ed Rybarczyk ’85 (Religion). #vuItalia
Summer of Service: Uganda (May 13- August 5)
One of our S.O.S. students, Levi Moellering ’16 will volunteer with Impact Ministries Uganda this summer. His focus is on the health needs of the local community and the children in the orphanage the ministry oversees. This program allows Levi to gain a valuable internship while serving that directly connects to his Biology degree. He will volunteer alongside Daniel Okabe ’13.
Argentina (May 19-27)
The Vanguard University Music department will take a group of students to Argentina this summer where they will be provide ministry through music to students, churches, and local outreach opportunities. This trip is led by Music Faculty, Michael Nigro and Greg Glancey. Members of the Vanguard University Guitar Ensemble will partner with the Universidad Nacional de San Juan in Argentina. #vuMusic #vuMusicTour
Asia (May 20-June 4)
The Vanguard Athletics Men’s Basketball team will participate in a widely recognized and highly competitive basketball tournament in Asia. They will also minister to athletic fans, staff, and the other teams that participate. We look forward to having Vanguard University represented in this exciting tournament! @vulions #VUMBB – Instagram, Twitter
Philippines (May 25-June 8)
Lauren Walker ’07 and Nolan Steputis ’06 will lead a group of Vanguard student athletes on a mission trip to the Philippines. These athletes will partner with Kids International Ministries to participate in ministry through sports. They will also connect with Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM) Tom ’89 and Connie (Brazell ’88) Bohnert while there. @vulions – Instagram, Twitter
Members of the Vanguard Music department will also travel to the Philippines, where they will be participate in several different music ministry opportunities. Their team leader is Vanguard Faculty and Music Department chair Dr. James Melton. #vuMusic #vuMusicTour
Ireland (July 1-15)
Dalila Toledo ’10 will lead a team (that includes Julie Caravella ’06) to Ireland. The team will continue their partnership with Cornerstone City Church in Derry, Ireland and the church’s outreach program – I Heart Derry. During their time there, the team will be involved in kids ministry, city beautification projects, mobile medics, sports outreach, and more.
Study Abroad: Argentina (July 2-14)
A group of students under the direction of our Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University will do an intensive study abroad trip to Argentina. This team is led by Vanguard faculty Dr. Sandie Morgan ’10 MA and Derek Marsh. They will assist with starting an Ensure Justice conference: Argentina edition! During their time there, they will also connect with AGWM Glibert Contreras and participate in various outreach efforts. @vugcwj – Instagram, Twitter
For team updates, like the Vanguard University Outreach Facebook page or @vuoutreach on Instagram.