Why is SI doing outreach trips geared for adult participants? These trips help flesh out the SI calendar year when students are in school. As lifelong learners, and professionals, adults can have a lot to offer those they serve. Most importantly, the adults on these trips tell of the many ways they’ve been blessed and changed by the people they’ve been sent to serve.
Recently, women participants have returned from Guatemala on the first ever SI all-women outreach trip. Trip leader, Janice Hansen, writes about this trip: “It is not just to students, but to the people, specifically the poor, of Guatemala to whom Students International has been called. The SI staff represent the constant presence of Jesus and His unconditional love as they oversee ministry sites and welcome outreach participants. Like student outreach participants, we come alongside the staff as an extension of what they do year round. As adults and professionals, however, we are also available as resources to their individual sites. Helping with their projects, teaching English, vaccinating cows, making paper mache globes are just ways to continue in the building of individual relationships. In so doing, we are earning the trust and love of the people and opening the door to sharing the good news of Jesus.”