(San Diego, Calif. – June 29, 2010) – On June 6, more than a hundred students, alumni, faculty and staff returned from trips around the globe through LoveWorks at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU).
LoveWorks Short Term Mission Program, under the Office of Spiritual Development at PLNU, has sent more than 2,000 people to more than 60 world areas to serve churches and communities since its creation.
This summer, the men’s soccer coach at PLNU, Tim Hall, led his team to the cities of Campinas and Americana in Brazil on a trip coordinated with Lazarian World Homes, a nonprofit organization committed to providing affordable, eco-friendly housing for developing areas. The trip was a memorial for Hall’s father, the late Rev. Maurice Hall.
The team worked nonstop, practically 24/7: “We’ll sleep when we get back to the states,” Hall said. This work ethic helped local Nazarene churches care for their retired clergy with affordable housing.
Other teams held Vacation Bible School for Maetang Tribal Children’s Home in Thailand; constructed the first public restrooms in two Peruvian villages; worked at Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Washim, India; taught English at the Ashrafiya Nazarene School in Jordan; cleaned volcanic debris in Guatemala; worked with children’s ministries in conjunction with Mission Church of the Nazarene in San Salvador, El Salvador; planted a church in Lumbumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo; and raised awareness about HIV/AIDS for churches in Tanzania.
Two more mission trips to Jerusalem, Israel and Campinas and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are scheduled for late July through early August.
By the end of the summer, 153 people will have participated in LoveWorks programs.