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Missioneering

  • Olivet engineers are missioneers — engineers with a Christian purpose.

  • We challenge our engineering students to innovate with a purpose and bring hope to those in need through design, science and innovation.

    Dean Shane Ritter: “There are many places in this world where people lack hope and need the good news of Jesus Christ. “Among gifts that bring hope to the hopeless are medical assistance and intuitive engineering solutions for communities. These solutions include electrical power, sanitation management, irrigation solutions, proper building construction and water purification, to name just a few. As Christian engineers, we have the great opportunity to identify and address these engineering challenges in order to bring hope to the nations.”

    As an Olivet engineering student, you have opportunities for life-changing Christian mission opportunities where you apply knowledge and gain experience in high-need regions of the world.  You are among men and women of faith and service who are eager to use their gifts to bring hope to others.

    Engineering Alumni Excellence Award

    Missioneering is nothing new to Andy Kizzee ’07, recipient of the 2015 Engineering Alumni Excellence Award. As an Olivet student, he led a senior project to design and install a water purification system for a Nazarene outreach in Argentina.

    After graduate school at the University of Memphis, where he studied structural engineering and developed an interest in earthquake engineering, Kizzee and his wife, Susan (Fleming) ’07, interned for a year with Engineering Ministries International (EMI) in India.

    The couple then returned to Memphis, and Kizzee earned his professional engineering license while working as a consulting structural engineer.

    In 2014, God called the Kizzees back to India to work full time with EMI. In addition to Andy’s responsibilities as director of the office in New Delhi, India, he is leading EMI’s efforts in providing disaster response services in Nepal after the devastating earthquakes of 2015.

    Missioneering Around The World

    For a glimpse of other missioneers in action, check out the photo albums for Olivet Nazarene University Engineering on Facebook. In recent years, engineering mission projects include: 

    • Haiti 2016: Plumbing, roofing, pipe and gutter work
    • Haiti 2015: Rainwater collection systems
    • Arizona 2015: Technology for Native American children; construction and irrigation
    • Swaziland, Africa 2013, 2-14: Irrigation system for AIDS outreach

    AndyKizzeeBuildingInspectionNepalNewAndy Kizzee '07 with colleague and World Vision employees in Nepal, examining a school building damaged by an earthquake. AndyKizzeeWithChildrenIndiaNew

    Andy Kizzee in Odisha, India, showing children how surveying equipment works.