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Missions Department

 

 

E.M.E.R.G.E

  

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.

 

 

  

Mission Statement

  

EMERGE is here to empower students to be activated ministers, teachers, disciples,

and moral leaders while serving in an international mission field.

 

 Strategy:

  

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:

  

Laughing     Fellowship

 

                                                                 Learning     Discipleship

 

                                                            Living         Worship

 

                                                                   Leading       Evangelism

 

Loving         Ministry

 

 

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 [1].

 

 

 


[1] 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.

  

 

Longterm Missions Application

Student Missions is a program which enables students to travel to various countries of the world and work as teachers, allied health assistants, librarians, business managers, and technicians for a small stipend. Washington Adventist University developed the student missionary program in 1959. The Call Book, which lists opportunities for student missionaries overseas and taskforce workers in North America, in available in the Office of Ministry.
 

Student Mission Application Form

 

 
 
 
Country*
Expiration Date*
 
Calendar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fluency Level (Spoken) 
Fluency Level (Written) 
 
Fluency Level (Spoken) 
Fluency Level (Written) 
Special Skills 
 
 
 
 
 
 Speaking / Oral Presenter
 
 
 
 
 
 Art
 
 
 
 
 
T-Shirt Size (Unisex) 
 
Have you been on a mission trip(s) with us before? If so, what was the location and date?
 
I am also interested contributing in the following areas: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SUBMIT

 

 

Want to be a full-time Missionary?

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Student Mission Leaders

 


Nancy Konjo                                  

Street Evangelism                         

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Hello my name is Nancy Konjo. I am a Theology and Music Major here at Washington Adventist University. The most important thing you need to know about me is that I am a worshiper and vessel of the True and living God. Outside of those two things my life has no meaning. One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 6:8, because Isaiah's eager response to be used by God, is a reflection of my hearts desire to further Gods kingdom as well, and I hope this school year God allows me the chance to do just that at WAU. 

 

Ana Velazquez                     

Grace Fund                                    

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My name is Ana Velazquez. I am a social work major and my goal is to share God’s love and compassion with all I come in contact with. My greatest sources of inspiration are my parents, who taught me to work hard and help others. This is why Grace Fund should be important, not just to me but, to every student at W.A.U. The ministry is here to aid students with emergency needs. So, save a can for when you see me!

 

Brittany Bower                     

Nursing Home Ministry                

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 My name is Brittany Bower and I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. I am studying Biology at Washington Adventist University and my concentration is Pre Dentistry. I am the leader of the Nursing Home Ministry, “Project Sonshine.”

Always remember that God has your best interest at heart.

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

So surrender all to Him and know that all you can do is win no matter what, even when it feels like you are losing.

 

 Bithja Racine                        

Homeless Ministry                                  

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Joshua Martinez                   

E.M.E.R.GE Ministry

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 “I was in the Marine Corp prior to coming to school, serving to keep our country on the map.  Now I want W.A.U. to come together, have fun, and put or school on the map.  You guys ‘mind’ giving ministries a helping hand?”

 

Janelle Walwyn

E.M.E.R.GE Ministry

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I was born in Queens, New York City, though lived the majority of her life in Nevis, West Indies. She is presently enrolled in the Social Work program, here at Washington Adventist University, with her ambition being to relieve the misery of children in our community, while simultaneously establishing orphanages around the world. She is excited about missionary work and has already taken a mission trip to Tanzania in the summer of 2012. She have been appointed leader of E.M.E.R.G.E. (Extended Mission Experience Reaching Globally to Everyone) and finds it a great privilege and honor to have the opportunity to fulfill the Great Commission and to allow others to do the same.

 

Travis James                         

All Shades of Christ

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Michele Etienne                                          

All Shades of Christ                                  

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Hey my name is Michelle Etienne and goal this year for All Shades of Christ is to is to reach out to as many people as we can this year and educate them about the importance of serving others!