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"La Casa Verde," our Social Services Ministry in Costa Rica

This week for #MinistrySiteMonday get to know the Social Services site in SI-Costa Rica. This site is located in Las Fuentes, a small community made up of mostly Nicaraguan immigrant families. This is a multi-faceted ministry that has partnered with a local church and community center to offer a variety of activities...

#GivingTuesday and the Ancient Mandate to Give

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. I mean, a day dedicated to feasting! It feeds the soul since it is also a time of gathering and sharing our blessings. Plus, Fall has just hit its peak out here in California, so we are excited...

The Power of Long-Term Investment

At the beginning of the summer, Maggie and I made a pastoral trip to Students International in the Dominican Republic. The goal for our pastoral trips is always to meet individually with staff: to listen, to give advice, to encourage, to bless, and to pray. It was an...

After a two-week outreach, now what?

During the Outreach Since the moment we drove away from the airport I knew I was going to love Costa Rica. The familiar smells of Latin America filled my senses as I took in all the foreign billboards and stacked architecture. Muddled Spanish was being spoken all around...

Are Short-Term Mission Trips worth it? ­ Part 3

Part 3: What benefit does short term missions have for nationals and our long-term staff? One of the biggest questions people often wrestle with in doing short-term missions is “What benefit to these trips have for nationals (people who are native to the country you’re visiting), as well as...

Are Short-Term Mission Trips Worth It? Part 1

Part 1: Short-term and Long-term missions working together If you’re anything like me, you’ve asked the questions, “Are short-term missions even worth it?” “Wouldn’t it be more effective to just raise the money and give it to the ministry?” “What benefit does it really have on the people...

SI Leadership Team

Once every couple years the SI leadership team (including field directors) meet to plan, pray, and share their lives together. Last week they gathered in Magdalena, Guatemala. Our theme verse this year was from Isaiah 55:12, “For you will go out with joy And be led forth with...

Is SI a Short Term Missions Organization? Or Full-time? ...Or what?

In the North American church, short-term missions have exploded in numbers in the past few decades. In fact, today more church dollars are spent on short term missions than on supporting full-time missions. It is a reaction to the globalization we are all going through. The world is...

Getting to Know... Suzanne Bidwell

Where are you from? I am from Woodlake, California. Describe your role with Students International I am a retired school teacher. I have found that retirees are such a great resource for missions. We have all the training, and now we have time. I volunteer with the International...

Global Bridge Program

New for SI: 1 year of ministry in DR, plus 1 year of college credit! Often graduating high school students have to consider taking a break before college to experience life and ministry in another culture. But have you considered combining the two? We are launching a new...