Riverside, Calif.– California Baptist University’s first wave of volunteers for the 2017 International Service Projects (ISP) and Summer of Service (SOS) are being sent out to their fields of service this week.
This summer, 36 teams with more than 300 volunteers will serve in 23 countries. Fifteen teams will depart from CBU May 7-9 en route to South America, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Eastern Europe, Greece, United Kingdom, Poland, France and Germany.
Teams are going to Portugal, South America and new areas of Southeast Asia for the first time. The teams will be assisting in many areas, including English clubs, university ministry, engineering projects, sports and kids camps and healthcare.
This year’s theme is Insanity, based on Philippians 1:21, “To live is Christ, to die is gain.”
“Our theme beautifully captures the insane nature of Christ’s call to the cruciform life in contrast with the egocentric focus of our present culture,” said Jeff Lewis, director of Mobilization. “Full engagement in the mission of Christ calls Christians to be liberated from the slavery of living for self that we might live for Him. To the world that is insane.”
Per CBU tradition, before their departure, teams gather to pray at the Kugel, a globe that rests on a base with the scripture from Matthew 28:19-20 etched in stone symbolizing CBU’s commitment to the Great Commission.
Each participant went through more than 75 hours of training to prepare for service opportunities, including Intensive Training Weekend that simulates opportunities to engage in service and gospel conversations.