posted on June 25, 2014 16:39
Students from the University of Mobile have a legacy of Christian service to both local and foreign communities. The School of Christian Ministries continued this tradition during Spring semester 2014, sending 15 of its own members to reach the people of Moldova and Haiti. The students, divided into two separate teams, sacrificed their own time and money to reach the University of Mobile’s 50th and 51st countries ministered to through University Missions.
“Throughout the years, our mission teams have seen God work in huge ways,” said Dr. Joe Savage, executive dean of the School of Christian Ministries. “In all, thousands of persons have made decisions to follow Christ, dozens of churches have been built, and hundreds of UMobile students have participated in mission work.”
Savage led seven students on the trip to Moldova. His team partnered with Pastor Jeff Copeland of First Baptist Church Robertsdale and a member of the UMobile Board of Regents. Dr. Bo Rice, an adjunct professor at the University of Mobile, led the Haiti team. Rice and his team partnered with Pastor Monoit Mercilus, who oversees 10 churches across Haiti.
The Haiti and Moldova teams focus on orphan care, outreach at schools and universities, and develop long-term plans to help curtail human trafficking and poverty.
In Moldova, Savage’s team joined with First Baptist Robertsdale to assist the country’s largest orphanage. They purchased 180 pairs of shoes and outfits, one for each child. The students themselves organized the program, entitled Project 180. They have also partnered with a shelter against human trafficking. The shelter, located in Chisneau, Moldova, provides a home for impoverished and orphaned teenage girls who have no way to provide for themselves.
In Haiti, Dr. Rice and his team built and repaired several homes for the local community. One of their projects provided a new home for a member of Minoit’s church, a recently widowed mother of two small children. During their trip, the team stayed at The House of Blessings Orphanage in Calebasse where they assisted in repairing the facility and spent time ministering to the children in the home.
Mission efforts continue this summer in Germany, with a student team led Christian Ministries Dean Dr. Doug Wilson and Center for Performing Arts Assistant Dean Bruce Earnest. Whether at home or abroad, students in the School of Christian Ministries are always on mission.
“We are fulfilling mission work right here in Mobile,” said Savage. “We have 94 students from the School of Christian Ministries who are serving others each week throughout the greater Mobile region. These students are working with refugees, at-risk kids, homeless individuals, mentoring children, hosting sports clinics, feeding the hungry, and volunteering more than 400 total hours per week across Mobile.”
Photo by April Brooke
University of Mobile students gather in Moldova with new friends.
About the University of Mobile:
The University of Mobile is a Christian university located in Mobile, Ala., on an 880-acre campus near Gulf Coast beaches. More than 1,600 students are enrolled in more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Christian Leadership, School of Business, School of Christian Ministries, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Worship Leadership, Center for Performing Arts/School of Music and Center for Adult Programs.
For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.