While abroad, students will be partnered with a Mission Mentor who will help them get involved with ministry opportunities and connect them with a local church and the Christian community in Rome. Students will meet regularly with their Mission Mentor for prayer, reflection, and spiritual accountability; the spiritual support and opportunities will make their time abroad transformational!
In Rome, students serve Afghani/Iraqi refugees at a ministry called Il Soggiorno. Students get involved by preparing meals, spending time with them, and supporting the ministry through encouragement and prayer. Valeria also leads the students in prayer walks around Rome and teaching English at the Rome Baptist Church.
The International Mission/Service-Learning Practicum will enhance and help students internalize their experience, and provides a great opportunity to reinforce cross-cultural missions, and earn college credit. The course formalizes the student's 7-10 hours of ministry including: reflection activities, journal entries, and cultural research.
Written by Anna Shipman
"The ministry I spent most of my time with was the English class at Rome Baptist Church. Every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Italians with varying levels of proficiency gathered at the church for free English classes offered. With 6 classes ranging from beginning to near fluency, anyone that attended could find a class at their level. I worked with the beginners group for the most part; the students knew very little English, though they still knew enough to ask me questions from time to time. I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this ministry, because it allowed me to get to know so many people as the same students tended to be there every week.
After a couple of weeks, I began to recognize most of the faces and learn the names, and they were always excited to see me and talk with the American girl. One class that I particularly enjoyed was during Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter Sunday; that Tuesday, I moved up to work with the advanced class, since the pastor’s normal assistant was absent. Because these students were so advanced in their English, we were able to have deep discussions concerning the crucifixion of Jesus and we read scriptures together in class, talking about the meaning. It was such a plain, open presentation of the gospel to this roomful of people that gave me chills. I miss these students and the opportunity I had to work with them was a blessing to me."
*Mission work differs by site & term. For ministry details for a specific term, please email firstname.lastname@example.org