Short-term missions

Your Northwestern education can include a short-term mission experience through a 10-day Spring Service Project (SSP) or 6- to 10-week Summer of Service (SOS). In keeping with Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission, NWC mission trips are characterized by:

  • God-centeredness
  • Empowering relationships
  • Mutual design
  • Comprehensive administration
  • Qualified leadership
  • Appropriate training
  • Thorough follow-up

Spring Service Projects

For college students, spring break means road trips to big cities and balmy beaches. Northwestern students do that too, but some of them pack a hammer. Northwestern College annually sends more than 200 students, faculty and staff in teams to places like Nicaragua and the Netherlands, to California, New York, Mississippi and Florida. They repair homes, visit prisons, tutor youth, serve in soup kitchens, live alongside residents in homeless shelters and more.

Summer of Service

Unlike SSP, in which students travel as teams, SOS team members train together but serve individually. They have traveled to places like Croatia, India, Jamaica, Malawi, Russia, South Africa and Thailand to serve with mission partners like International Teams, The Luke Society, Pioneers, and the Reformed Church in America. They have worked in hospitals, orphanages and refugee camps and taught Vacation Bible School and English as a second language. They have milked yak, helped deliver babies, and held the hands of people dying of AIDS.

D-groups 10:15 p.m.
Campus Ministry
Senior chapel 10:05 a.m.

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