Extend Mission Experience Reaching Globally to Everyone (EMERGE) is a mission movement on the campus of Washington Adventist University, which provides studentsthe opportunity to participate in short term missions outside of the United States of America.
EMERGE is here to empower students to be activated ministers, teachers, disciples,
and moral leaders while serving in an international mission field.
Overall we want to fulfill our role in the Great Commission (Mark 16:15) and the Great
Commandment (Luke 10:27) by having these 5 purposes in our programs:
A Brief History of Missions
Washington Adventist University’s E.M.E.R.G.E. program carries a rich history dating back to 1959. It was in this year that the institution, then Washington Missionary College, became the first Seventh-day Adventist institution to send a student missionary abroad. Affectionately called, “The Gateway to Service”, the university served as grounds for the training and sponsorship of Marlin Matheisen, the church’s first student missionary to Mexico, Central America.
The idea for a student missions program was first conceived of in the informal setting of the living room on the home of Dr. William Loveless, then pastor of the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church. The student leaders of religious activities on the campus were searching for a way to make missions real to them. Until that time missionaries, though numerous, had been older people. This new idea of students sending out fellow students was one that set imaginations on fire and was readily accepted and supported.
Marlin Mathiesen served during the summer of 1959 in Mexico. He primarily helped local pastors evangelize in a remote area of the country. As he returned, he brought with him stories and excitement, which quickly drew fellow college students to the idea of being student missionaries .
 Habenicht, Donna J. "A descriptive study of the personality, attitudes, and overseas experience of Seventh-day Adventist college students who served as short-term volunteer missionaries". Diss. Andrews University, 1977.