“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matt. 28:19.)
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The Great Commission
Here at Corban University, nearly half of our students participate in at least one mission project during their educational experience at Corban, and the numbers are growing every year. This includes opportunities to participate in seminars, missionary retreats, and short term mission trips around the world.
Preparing for missions work, and presenting the gospel in foreign cultures is life-changing for every student who takes on the challenge. In fact, many Corban alumni who become career missionaries say they first experienced God’s call to the mission field while serving on a short-term mission.
Each student raises the necessary funds -- about $2,400 -- to take the message of Christ’s love worldwide.
Your generous financial support and prayers have enabled hundreds of students to experience missionary work firsthand; transforming the lives of both the students and the people they minister to.
Our students work closely with missionaries who have years of experience in the countries where they will be serving. The 2-week mission trips planned for 2016 include:
Pre-medical students serve in a free clinic, addressing the health needs of some of the poorest people in the Western Hemisphere while sharing the life-giving truth of the Gospel.
Senior pre-medical student, Sharilene Baguio, was struck by the Haitians’ gratitude and positive outlook on life, even while struggling with pain, illness and extreme poverty. “I love how the Haitian people didn’t complain; instead they were so joyful,” she said. “We Americans don’t always experience joy in the small things, but they do. I went to Haiti thinking I was going to bless them, but they blessed me.”
Latin America — Honduras and Colombia
Students minister to children in Honduras; visiting schools, hospitals and other programs run by local Honduran ministers. In Colombia, students work with Wycliffe Bible Translators to build a church, minister to street kids and witness Bible translation in an indigenous village.
Business management and intercultural studies student, Marissa Raibley, went to Honduras in 2015 and will be returning to the mission field in Colombia in May.
While in Honduras this past year, Raibley ministered to children at Melodías de Esperanza (Melodies of Hope). The program was started by a local pastor in Siguatepeque who was so distressed by the unrelenting violence and recent murder of three young children in town, that he built a music school and safe haven for kids. Today, 75 families are participating in the program with more on the waiting list.
“The kids are so full of joy,” Raibley said. “They are a little bit awkward when you first meet them, but then you offer them a piggyback ride and they are hanging all over you; it’s just one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.”
While there, Raibley witnessed two young boys accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.
International business student, Westley Coleman traveled to Honduras to present the gospel to schoolchildren through music and performance. “God taught me to depend on Him, that He can overcome anything,” Coleman said. “I also learned relationships come before all else. That has stayed with me from that trip—putting people and their needs first, regardless of what I have going on.”
Led by TEAM missionaries, students tutor and build relationships with local middle and high school students in order to open doors for conversations about Jesus Christ. Corban students also share their faith with Czech students who are a part of the Christian youth group; recently formed as a direct result of Corban’s ministry over the past two years.
Senior education major, Hannah Johnson, helped teach English to elementary, middle and high school students. The Czech students were fascinated to learn that American students were willing to travel so far to tutor them in English for free.
This was an important aspect of ministering to these students,” said Johnson. “The kids could see that we as Christians are actually different. I shared with them that people gave me money and supported me to go on this trip because they believe in me and what I’m doing with them. This in turn opened the door to share Christ’s love.”
Students join SEND missionaries and national believers to serve Syrian refugees escaping their war-torn countries. They will provide food and water while sharing the love of Jesus.
Students join local ABWE representatives in French-speaking Canada to do community outreach and English language ministry with immigrant groups. They also connect with Arabic ministry partners and work with university campus ministries to reach thousands of students.
Led by veteran Christar missionaries, students help with outreach to Iranian and Syrian refugees, and participate in church services, prayer meetings and women’s Bible studies.
The Corban University baseball team has a second opportunity to present hope in Jesus Christ to young people in Caimanera, Cuba. They will host a baseball clinic and assist a local church in youth outreach. When the Warriors made their first trip to Cuba last year, they were the first American baseball team to visit Caimanera in nearly 60 years. Click here to watch the video from the 2015 trip.