If you are interested in applying for a SMP program this summer, you can apply at Wheaton's goglobal site >>. Please follow the site's instructions for online submission. Applications will only be available online. When you apply, please select TBD as your location. Also, do not choose dates at the time of application. We will update this information on your behalf post selection. If you have any questions or need assistance please feel free to email Matthew Vega, Assistant Director. All applications are due November 16, 2016. (We will be accepting applications past this date IF interview spaces are available. Spaces are filled on a first come first served basis)
Important Dates to Remember:
- Applications are due November 16, 2016
- We will be conducting interviews October 31 - December 1, 2016
- Decision Letters will be mailed out through CPO December 5, 2016
- Our first orientation meeting will be December 8, 2016
- Kick-Off Workshop will be January 13 - January 15, 2017
Possible Programs for the Summer of 2017:
Below is a listing of some of the possible sites and partners we will be sending students with this coming summer. This is not an exhaustive list. If you are interested in a specific kind of ministry or in a certain country or people group, please specify on your application and we will do our best to place you accordingly. Some of the programs listed below are also major specific. We have teaching ministries for Christian Education or Education students, medical ministries for Pre-Medicine, Biology, Psychology, and Applied Health Science Students, as well as a Business as mission opportunity in Indonesia. Please stop by the Office of Christian Outreach for more information.
Students will serve alongside Josiah Venture, an organization committed to serving and reaching locals of Central and Eastern Europe. Activities include, but are not limited to: sports camps, youth outreach, music ministry, and projects tailored to the skills and talents of the students who apply. SMP has worked with Josiah Venture in years past and has sent students to locations such as Poland, Latvia, Slovenia, and Slovakia.
NOTE: Students should be aware that this region is considered a high-security risk location. Given the often abruptness of political tensions, students who are sensitive to such situations should give considerable thought and prayer before applying. . Students participating as members of these teams should consider their own current emotional and mental capacity to take in and process the realities around these situations. A student must have a high capacity for engaging these experiences while maintaining a physical, emotional, and mental presence during their trip. There will be an onsite partner staff presence during the trip and each will offer orientation, debriefing, and individualized support every week as part of the Holy Land Trust programming.
Students will partner with Holy Land Trust, a Palestinian Christian organization in Bethlehem committed to peace, reconciliation, and nonviolence in a region historically fraught with conflict. Students will learn and serve in an interfaith context, learn about the complex dimensions of the region, and engage in service projects ranging from children’s ministry to painting projects.
Tentative: [Students will also partner with the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. The Hartman Institute is a Jewish institution of higher learning committed to helping students engage the complex realities of Jewish life in a region often fraught with misunderstanding.]
Home to more than 10 million people, Dominican Republic is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Hundreds of thousands of children are desperately in need of care and, without intervention, are destined to repeat the cycle of poverty. Currently, Kids Alive provides an education, nutritious meals, medical care, and the love of Christ to more than 1,500 children in Dominican Republic.
Ecuador team members will spend a significant amount of time in a variety of clinical settings observing medical practice in an international setting. Students will be required to complete Blood Borne Pathogen testing before departure as well as read two articles about medical internships in cross-cultural settings. Students should be prepared emotionally and mentally to observe a variety of illnesses and conditions including but not limited to, trauma, abuse, dental conditions, eye conditions, and routine medical care. Observing these conditions and processing the realities around access and resources in a cross-cultural setting may be difficult for some students.
In addition, students should be prepared to travel to and from clinical sites with team members unassisted. While staff will work with students to establish a routine, give direction and orientation, there may be some opportunities for students to travel to sites in teams without staff. Students will be using a combination of public and private transportation and will be expected to be able to walk 1 mile in a day.
Students participating as members of the Philippines team will be working with and alongside Kids International, an organization committed to ministering, mentoring and providing medical and holistic support to children in Manila. . Students participating as members of these teams should consider their own current emotional and mental capacity to take in and process the realities around these situations. A student must have a high capacity for engaging these experiences while maintaining a physical, emotional, and mental presence during their trip. There will be an onsite partner staff presence during the trip and each will offer orientation, debriefing, and individualized support as needed.
Students participating as members of the Peru will be working with and alongside Paz y Esperanza, an organization committed to empowering, ministering and rehabilitating individuals who have experienced direct physical and/or emotional trauma including but not limited to domestic physical violence, verbal abuse, sexual violence, psychological trauma, physical displacement, death, and loss. Students participating as members of these teams should consider their own current emotional and mental capacity to take in and process the realities around these situations. A student must have a high capacity for engaging these experiences while maintaining a physical, emotional, and mental presence during their trip. There will be an onsite partner staff presence during the trip and each will offer orientation, debriefing, and individualized support as needed.
Japan is considered one of the safest countries in the world. Students will be partnering with Hope Miyagi, which works with tsunami disaster relief victims. They also work in temporary housing units providing ministerial and emotional care to residents. They will also partner with a local church and their ministries, providing ministry to young teenagers and children within the church context. Students will be staying at the local church.