2011 LoveWorks Teams Partnered With Churches Around the World
Aug. 16, 2011 (San Diego, Calif.) – Last Friday, the last of 12 teams of PLNU students engaged in LoveWorks short-term mission trips returned home. Each year, LoveWorks teams travel to locations around the world where they are invited to partner with local pastors, churches, and missionaries.
Students undertake an intensive training program before participating in a LoveWorks trip. “The training lasts from February to May and includes learning about missiology, cross-cultural awareness, and team and leadership dynamics,” said Brian Becker, director of PLNU International Ministries.
“There is something truly profound about the opportunity to leave behind our routines, regulations, and restrictions for three weeks,” said Sarah Weber, a PLNU alumna who helped lead this summer’s trip to Bangladesh. “The conditions were difficult, the language barrier dense, and the weather borderline unbearable, and yet we were able to see clear as day that there are no cultural barriers that cannot be broken through.”
“Weber is just one of the alumni, faculty, and staff leaders who make personal and professional sacrifices of time and resources to assist students and engage with the church around the world in serving others,” Becker said.
Leon Kugler, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology, is an experienced LoveWorks leader. This year, he helped lead a trip to Jamaica. He was touched by students’ efforts in sharing God’s love in partnership with local medical staff and missionaries.
“Many clients in the Jamaican infirmary system are bed bound, some cannot speak or feed themselves, and all need the touch of Jesus, so it was an ideal LoveWorks mission,” Kugler said. “Our students moved into the setting and cared practically for the precious clients along with the staff at four infirmaries across the nation. Dressing pressure ulcers, grooming, feeding, praying, singing, and encouraging each other were our mutual acts of worship.”
This year, teams went to Brisbane, Australia; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Campinas, Brazil; Recife and Manaus, Brazil; Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Accra, Ghana; Guatemala City, Guatemala; San Salvador, El Salvador; Frome, Jamaica; Gisenyi, Rwanda;; and Kiev, Ukraine for three weeks each. An additional team spent eight weeks in Asia.