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When our men see God at work in another land and rub shoulders with football alumni who have answered the call—these are among our finest moments.

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I've been blessed to witness the power of God internationally, in different populations, and in my own life.

Giving to Wheaton College

I can’t say enough about the peace we feel, knowing that the assets God has blessed us with over the years will be distributed to our heirs and will benefit Wheaton, too.

Mark Hiben ’15 and Andrew Haines ’15 in Loskop, South Africa.

More Than an Away Game

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Phoebe Wilson's internship at Hospitals of Hope in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

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More Than an Away Game

For the past 15 years, the Wheaton Football Ministry Partnership has been sending about 60 student athletes to minister to underserved communities around the world. Taking place during spring break, the trips partner ministry teams with Wheaton football alumni now serving in fulltime, cross-cultural ministry.

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This year, 46 student athletes and 8 coaches and other guests served in the Dominican Republic with Kyle Bradley ’09, who does sports ministry outreach with Go Ministries in Santiago, and with Dr. Seth ’88 and Anne Letsinger Cohen ’88 who serve at Santiago Christian School. They also partnered with Ernie Frey ’87 who trains pastors in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and with J. D. ’64 and Barb Timyan Borgman ’64 working as orphanage administrators in Natal, South Africa.

“When our men see God at work in another land and rub shoulders with football alumni who have answered the call—these are among our finest moments,” says defensive line coach Jeff Peltz ’81. “When the social differences are glaring, amenities absent, and in many cases the language a barrier, we can see how God bridges the differences and shows his power over circumstance.”

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“In the last couple of days, I’ve seen selfless acts of service from people I’ve just met, complete strangers open up their homes and lives with nothing but joy in their eyes, and me and my brothers become friends with people we can’t even hold a conversation with. God has taught me that despite what American society would like us to believe, we don’t need anything but Christ…. God has used people (who by U.S. standards have nothing) to show me that when you have Christ, you have everything.”
— Josh Aldrin ’16

“It was beautiful to see God speak to me in this country so far away from home. Maybe my mind was wandering while concerned with certain troubles or problems back in the States. But the God of the universe doesn’t stop speaking to us. He doesn’t turn his back. He was trying to tell me: Be still and know that I am God. This week is going to be more than you can imagine. If you worry…you will miss this opportunity to see me on the other side of the world because I am doing great things here.”
— Stephen Seitz ’14

“As the only Dominican on this trip, I had not expected to be as surprised as everybody else; I was going ‘home.’ I have always known that the Dominican Republic is a country plagued by poverty, corruption, injustice, hunger, and organized crime. I have been, however, rarely exposed to these circumstances. So when we went to places like Hato del Yaque—also known as ‘the Hole’—these facts and statistics became painfully real. The contamination and lack of water resources were incredible. We saw things that shouldn't exist in an era in which technology can do almost everything. I learned that people in need have always been closer to me than I realized.”
— Daniela Lugo ’17 (joined the trip as an interpreter)

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