12 Jul Summer Mission Trip Recap 2017
The University of Valley Forge (UVF) has always had a heart for missions. From the countless alumni serving as missionaries around the world, to the emphasis on ministering to the Phoenixville community on days like Community Service Day, missions is a huge part of the heartbeat of UVF.
The summer after the 2016-2017 school year saw teams going to countries like Russia, Ecuador, Senegal, Cyprus, Panama, South Africa, and many others. From learning how to minister to victims of sex trafficking; to participating in feeding programs; to doing painting projects; to hosting Vacation Bible Schools; UVF students, staff, and faculty poured out their hearts and energy to minister to and with missionaries and national peoples.
So many students experienced either a call to missions in a further capacity or a confirmation of that call, as well as the healing hand of God in their lives. Senior Matt Blankenship who went on the trip to Russia said, “Where can I begin? . . . during this trip God really moved in my life. He asked me to lay down my aspirations and use my skills for him, but not just anywhere; he called me to Novokuznetsk, Russia . . . I didn’t really want to go on this trip at one point, but God guided me to make sure I went and gave me a calling; providing me with the best two weeks of my life.”
For those who have supported our students both prayerfully and financially, we thank you! Your generosity and obedience has blessed and touched the lives of many.
If you are interested in learning more about UVF’s summer missions opportunities or supporting them, contact Intercultural Studies department chair Dr. JoAnn Smith at JLSmith@valleyforge.edu.