Salt and Light: Bethel University SMP Alumni & Friends

Salt and Light: Bethel University SMP Alumni & Friends Missions, Cross-Cultural Ministry, Reconciliation
Bethel University has been a leader and model in Christian higher education since 1871. For generations, our fusion of evangelical faith with top-ranked academics has transformed women and men, preparing them for unique callings in the kingdom of God. Since the 1960s, Bethel University SMP has been providing opportunities for Bethel students to engage with God's work around the world through transforming short term mission opportunities which mutually benefit all participants.

This page is a gathering spot for folks who participated in Bethel University mission trips. We look forward to sharing of photos, memories, stories, updates on current activities and travels, things you are learning, prayer, and current opportunities. We hope this will help you remember and reconnect with the ways in which God used your mission experience at Bethel to direct the trajectory of your life--for God's glory, justice, restoration, and transformation. We'll also provide updates on current ways in which God is using SMP to wreck...er, transform students lives!

Mission: Solidarity Missions Partnerships send Bethel students to be with, learn from, and serve alongside in solidarity with God’s people and God’s work around the world. The purpose of this "standing in solidarity" is to experience the love of God in such a way that everyone involved would be changed. Our hope is that host communities and students alike would be spiritually transformed more and more into the likeness of Jesus Christ and that more people would come to a personal commitment to follow Jesus as a result of these interactions. By participating in SMP trips, students will develop: 1. A commitment to a missional life and participation in God’s global mission to draw all people to Christ. 2. Appreciation and understanding of the beautiful diversity of God’s kingdom.

2019 Spring Break Missions peeps. You can’t do this alone. Come and talk about reentry from your mission trip. UnPack ...
03/27/2019

2019 Spring Break Missions peeps. You can’t do this alone. Come and talk about reentry from your mission trip. UnPack It. Sunday. 3pm. SemChap.

On Thursday, Amy will be back to Bethel University to talk with you about Urbana 18! Urbana is doing a social media cont...
10/10/2018

On Thursday, Amy will be back to Bethel University to talk with you about Urbana 18! Urbana is doing a social media contest, so students who visit the table, take a selfie/photo at the booth, and post it on social media between 11am-4pm...tagging @UrbanaMissions...will have a chance to win $150 scholarship for their Urbana registration cost! (So, if only one student does this, then that one student will receive the scholarship. (Make sure you also indicate that you’re from Bethel University, so we know which raffle pool to put you in. Student will be contacted via social media if you win.)

Bethel is going to Urbana 18. Discern your place in God's global work. It's a glimpse of the Kingdom of God, folks. And ...
09/18/2018

Bethel is going to Urbana 18. Discern your place in God's global work. It's a glimpse of the Kingdom of God, folks. And an activating time of worship, learning, and fellowship with college students from around the world! www.tinyurl.com/BUtoUrbana

Salt and Light: Bethel University SMP Alumni & Friends's cover photo
09/15/2018

Salt and Light: Bethel University SMP Alumni & Friends's cover photo

10/18/2016
Have You Ever Wondered, "Why Me?"

The gospel came to you on its way to someone else! Consider a Spring Break Mission team for 2017!
http://youtu.be/X9P2wuO1n3M

Salvation has come to us as it's on its way to someone else. We know Jesus because someone that knew Him was brave enough to tell us. We at Cru want to make ...

10/12/2016
King Josiah

We are pleased to welcome Dawid Werner from Josiah Venture to Bethel tomorrow. Josiah Venture has great summer ministry opportunities in Eastern Europe! Stop by the BC and talk with Dawid!
https://vimeo.com/154479636

King Josiah began seeking God at age sixteen. By the time he was 26, God had used Josiah to bring revival to the land, rebuild the house of God, and restore the…

04/07/2016
Belize Church Video 2016

A great video summary of our team's partnership in Orange Walk Town, Belize over Spring Break 2016! Thanks to Pastor Garcia, Tito Garcia, and the incredible people at Full Gospel Church in Trial Farms for showing us how to join God in his mission! Video Credit: Ben Buchelt

Missions Trip 2016 to Orange Walk, Belize! All rights to the song "God's Great Dance Floor" by Chris Tomlin are to Sony Music Entertainment

Words of wisdom: Travel Light.http://blog.stint.com/2016/01/22/313/
01/25/2016
Traveling light - Students International

Words of wisdom: Travel Light.
http://blog.stint.com/2016/01/22/313/

Last week our CEO Dave Hansen spoke with the Joshua Wilderness students before they headed out on their outreach to Dominican Republic. He shared how much he loves this opportunity because of the unique place these students are in right now, and in their anticipation right before leaving on an overs…

11/23/2015
Interview with Maria

In Solidarity Missions Partnerships, we value local leadership. Local pastors and ministry leaders (sometimes called "nationals") who direct our teams' activities. Why are national leaders so important to our missions partnerships? Students International staffer Maria explains. Thanks for praying for SMP.
https://vimeo.com/146518043

What is the benefit of National Staff to SI's Mission and Vision?

10/14/2015
ROAR Day | Bethel University

Bethel SMP Alumni! You could make the difference. Today is ROAR Day. One day of online giving by alumni. We're currently looking at a matching gift challenge--If we can get to 500 gifts we will unlock a $10,000 (!) match. Every gift makes an impact! #BURoarDay https://www.bethel.edu/giving/roar-day/

You're the painters of the rock, the fans who travel on game day, the faithful worshipers at Vespers, the pizza-eaters at Late Night DC.

09/24/2015
Belize Video for Church

Applications are now open for Spring Break Missions 2016. Join with what God is doing in Belize. Or Chicago. Or any of 7 other places in between!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W9s1ws6CB8

Missions Trip 2015 to Orange Walk, Belize! All rights to the song "Build your kingdom here" by Rend Collective are to Sony Music Entertainment

09/23/2015

For the next 2 days, Matt Runion is attending a workshop to renew the SMP membership in the Standards of Excellence in Short Term Mission. Holding ourselves accountable to the broader Church of Christ. Check it out.
http://www.soe.org/explore/about/why-soe/

Are you interested in exploring how to better understand your Muslim neighbors? Urbana 15 speaker Evelyne Reisacher will...
06/25/2015
Evelyne Reisacher | Urbana

Are you interested in exploring how to better understand your Muslim neighbors? Urbana 15 speaker Evelyne Reisacher will speak with care and respect about how the gospel meets the real needs of Muslims as well as explore gender issues in Islam, Muslim-Christian relations, and world religions. Bethel is sending a bus! Don't miss it. https://urbana.org/bio/evelyne-reisacher

Evelyne Reisacher cares deeply about sharing the gospel cross-culturally. She is passionate about exploring gender issues in Islam, Muslim-Christian relations, and world religions.

The price for #Urbana15 is about to go up by $70! Register now! urbana.org/register
06/12/2015
Home | Urbana

The price for #Urbana15 is about to go up by $70! Register now! urbana.org/register

Join us December 27-31, 2015, for five days filled with inspiration, insight, and opportunities to help you know what story your life could tell. Take the next steps in finding your place in God’s global mission.

Bethel University is going to Urbana 15. Get registered for the conference and stay tuned for information about travelin...
06/08/2015
Churches, Pastors, and the Great Commission | Urbana

Bethel University is going to Urbana 15. Get registered for the conference and stay tuned for information about traveling with the Bethel group!
“I encourage every pastor of every local church to take up this mantle of global missions.” — David Platt
https://goo.gl/QSVy5d #Urbana15

Over a hundred years ago, George Pentecost said, “To the pastor belongs the privilege and responsibility of the missionary problem.” He maintained that mission boards could and should do what they will in missions: devising methods, fueling movements, and raising money. But it is the responsibility…

06/04/2015

"When it comes to our SMP mission teams, it's not about what we do, it's about the relationships that we build in Jesus' name." Whose face comes to mind when you hear this?

Tomorrow! Meet a touring CTI team (including Bethel grad Patty Lin) on campus Friday, May 8th in the BC. On-site auditio...
05/08/2015
HOME | Join CTI Music Ministries

Tomorrow! Meet a touring CTI team (including Bethel grad Patty Lin) on campus Friday, May 8th in the BC. On-site auditions will also be available.

CTI is a community of young musicians passionate about sharing the love of Jesus. CTI mobilizes bands to advance the Gospel globally while developing Christian leadership and character in their participants. They tour the U.S., Canada and internationally in countries such as Taiwan, Columbia, Honduras and Hong Kong. Are you a musician under 30? Are you looking to impact this generation with your God-given gifts? Chat with the team. There are short-term and year-long opportunities for bassists, keyboardists, guitarists, vocalists, drummers and sound techs.
http://join.ctimusic.org/

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CTI Music Ministries -- At Bethel on May 8!Meet a touring CTI team on campus Friday, May 8th in the BC. (On-site auditio...
05/05/2015
Home - CTI Music Ministries

CTI Music Ministries -- At Bethel on May 8!
Meet a touring CTI team on campus Friday, May 8th in the BC. (On-site auditions will also be available.)
CTI is a community of young musicians passionate about sharing the love of Jesus. CTI mobilizes bands to advance the Gospel globally while developing Christian leadership and character in their participants. They tour the U.S., Canada and internationally in countries such as Taiwan, Columbia, Honduras and Hong Kong. Are you a musician under 30? Are you looking to impact this generation with your God-given gifts? Check out join.ctimusic.org and chat with the team. There are short-term and year-long opportunities for bassists, keyboardists, guitarists, vocalists, drummers and sound techs.
http://ctimusic.org/

CTI works to make disciples of all nations by developing Christian leadership and character in young musicians, training them in servanthood, awareness, and the active sharing of their faith, and mobilizing them in partnership with the Church and other established Christian organizations worldwide t…

This article is almost 3 years old now, but it adeptly outlines the troubles with many short-term mission trips. Was you...
04/27/2015
Why You Should Consider Canceling Your Short-Term Mission Trips

This article is almost 3 years old now, but it adeptly outlines the troubles with many short-term mission trips. Was your Bethel SMP trip different? We are working hard with our local ministry hosts to conduct ourselves in ways that are mutually designed, competently led, appropriately trained, and thoroughly followed-up. What was your experience?
http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/why-you-should-consider-cancelling-your-short-term-mission-trips/

Short-term missions is fraught with problems, and many wish such trips did not exist, at least in the common form today.

I read Jay Milbrandt's book this fall. It was fantastic. I have great respect for Jay and I highly recommend you attend ...
04/15/2015
World-Changers Series: Jay Milbrandt – “The Daring Heart of David Livingstone” | Bethel...

I read Jay Milbrandt's book this fall. It was fantastic. I have great respect for Jay and I highly recommend you attend tomorrow night's event!
https://www.bethel.edu/events/2015/world-changers?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Bethel+World-Changers+Series+-+Spring+2015+Jay+Milbrandt+-+Email+2&utm_content=Bethel+World-Changers+Series+-+Spring+2015+Jay+Milbrandt+-+Email+2+CID_4983724d6129797109ef1168316a1a88&utm_source=Carlyle%20Delivers&utm_term=Learn%20more%20and%20register%20today

"World-changer" is one of Bethel’s seven core values. At Bethel, we aim to prepare graduates who are equipped to use their God-given talents to shape and change the world.

03/31/2015

Hey, SMP alums and friends! Many SMP Spring Break 2015 reports coming. Can't wait to share!
In the mean time, please pray for a couple of our partners in Guatemala.
* Fernando Saravia, the former director of SI Guatemala, was diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease that attacks the kidneys. His kidneys have failed and he is doing dialysis 3 days a week. They are exploring the options for a transplant.
* Mario Mendez, agriculture site leader in Guatemala, just recently discovered that one of his kidneys died and the other one is functioning at 40%. He is going in next week to remove a blockage in the functioning one to hopefully get it back working to full capacity.

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