“Through LoveWorks, PLNU’s short-term mission program, more than 2,000 students, faculty, staff, and alumni have served people in need in more than 60 world areas.”
Last year was Austin Fares’s (’13) first mission trip. He went to Swaziland with the PLNU women’s soccer team, and altogether there were a total of 19 LoveWorks team members. This included PLNU President Bob Brower and his wife, Linda, and was led by head soccer coach Tim Hall and Erica Wessels (’12). In the video, Fares said his reason for going was “to serve, and to be a part of something bigger than myself.”
LoveWorks is about growth. It’s about development. And most importantly, it’s about changing your perspective. This mission program allows students to walk alongside pastors, missionaries and congregations who serve Christ in various domestic and international settings.
This summer, 13 LoveWorks teams are traveling the world. They are serving in Armenia, Australia, Canada, Croatia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Mozambique, the Philippines, Rwanda, and Indianapolis in the U.S. All teams serve in unique ways, which include working construction, painting buildings, working with children, providing vacation Bible schools, doing soccer outreach and much more.
Changing your perspective is not an easy thing to do, but it’s rewarding. When you travel to different countries to see and experience different cultures and ways of life, you return home a different person.
“I never want to come to a place where I’m stagnant in my faith because I feel like then I’m not growing,” said Wessels. “Going on these trips gives you an opportunity to put your faith into action.”
“LoveWorks is not your typical short-term mission trip,” said International Ministries Assistant Maira Lopes. “We believe in sustainable long-term friendships with our hosts. We go when invited and serve alongside established ministries that are there long before we arrive and will continue long after we return home.”
“Joining a LoveWorks team is a way to model servant leadership, exercise compassion, and expand your horizons,” she said. “LoveWorks is a journey in which you train and prepare for a trip where you intentionally honor Christ and seek Him to speak into your life and the lives of others.”
Find out more about LoveWorks here.
All photos and video by Drew Renaud.