Information for Parents & Families
Dear Parents and Families:
Greetings from the Office of Spiritual Development at Point Loma Nazarene University. I am writing to inform you a little more about our program, specifically the safety precautions that are taken. Since 1987, the LoveWorks program has existed on our campus, and to date, over 3000 students have served in over 70 world areas. We send our teams to work with Nazarene missionaries. There is no spirit of denominational exclusiveness here; rather, we know these people to be well-trained, experienced, careful, and committed to empowering locals into ministry. Also, most of our hosts have lived and served in these countries long-term, many for 15 – 20 years.
This type of experience allows us to alleviate most of our problems before a team ever leaves. Our hosts are able to foresee problematic times and situations and would never willfully bring a team into a dangerous situation. Neither they nor I find any glory in risk when it comes to the lives of our students. We are committed to the safest endeavor possible and are in regular communication with the U.S. State Department, the Embassies of each country, and staff from the headquarters of the General Church of the Nazarene. This constant, consistent monitoring is our rule and has laid a solid foundation for our program.
Each student has a full travel insurance policy included with her or his participation. This policy covers any illness or injury during a trip, including any necessary treatment post-trip. Thankfully this has been the least utilized aspect of our program, but it is there, allowing us to get our students home to the U.S., usually within 24 – 48 hours.
Communication while your son our daughter is on the field will come from our office here in San Diego. I know it might be difficult for some of you, but you won’t be able to contact your student directly, nor will they be able to contact you directly. Please know that this is not some sort of restrictive control policy. Rather, given the remoteness of these locations, and the logistics of facilitating computer or phone time for an entire team, it is just not possible without sacrificing days of valuable time that is already set aside for the tasks at hand. Instead, once a week the team leaders will email or call our office with an update, and I will email that info out. If you would like to be on that list, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of International Ministries
PLNU Office of Spiritual Development