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Around the world in 80 days

Posted: Sep 04, 2012

What did you do this summer? Olivet traveled the world! 

This summer, Olivet spanned the globe as our students, faculty and staff traveled to the four corners of the world. In every time zone and on every continent, they invested their time and talents in groundbreaking research, hands-on learning, and ministry to others, often reaching “the least of these.”  

 They saw firsthand the needs of this world and, in the process, were reminded of a powerful truth — just one person empowered by God can bring transformation. In the midst of seeing and experiencing the great wonders of our world, Olivetians became a catalyst for hope, healing and learning!

Here is just a glimpse of Olivet’s global footprint this summer. 

Dr. Neal Woodruff '91 and his wife, Shannon, led ONU’s Concert Singers on a singing tour in Brazil, spending time in Campinas and Rio de Janeiro. The group, which included 19 students, sang at a variety of venues, including churches, schools and the National Basilica.
Business majors Kristin Mathias '12 and Jameson Forshee '13 traveled across Europe and Asia for the International Business Institute program this summer. The 10-week program is designed to offer business courses from a new perspective, demonstrating how business principles are applied on an international scale.

Assistant baseball coach Garret Shively '10 MAT coached the Niagara Power FCA baseball team in New York.

Dr. Mike and Nancy Pyle took 14 students to Kudjip Nazarene Hospital in Papua New Guinea, combining a construction project with observation time in the hospital and its clinics.

Education major and president for the Nu Beta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society Jade Green ’13 visited Thailand with Mary and Tim Mercer to assist young girls living in unsafe conditions, in hopes of saving them from prostitution.

Religion professor Jason Robertson spent time in South Africa and began a Ph.D. program at the University of Pretoria.  

Communication major Matt Kearney ’13 led a city evangelism festival in Musoma, Tanzania, preaching to nearly 2,000 people every night.  He also ministered in Sacramento, Calif., and in Chetwin, British Columbia.

Chair of the Department of Physical Sciences Dr. Max Reams ’00 MPC and his wife, Carol, spent two weeks in Scotland and Ireland. They visited what many consider a birthplace of modern geology, Edinburgh, Scotland. They walked in the footsteps of James Hutton, where he discovered how to interpret a major principle of geoscience.

Olivet’s Missions in Action (M.I.A.) sent nearly 100 students around the planet to Honduras, Korea, Australia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Argentina. Teams left their mark wherever they went — at times with visible evidence of building and maintenance projects, and other times simply through a Bible lesson or a hug.