by Andrew Koenig, with contributions from Joshua Stoiber
Outside TIU’s Nyberg Conference Room, a group of high school students rehearse a speech in front of a lavishly decorated presentation board. Inside the conference room, families waited around two tables, seated among Trinity faculty, staff, and another group of students. The room is filled with excited, yet slightly anxious, chatter.
The scene was a part of the Kingdom Impact Grant Banquet, an evening that lauded the culmination of several months’ worth of hard work. At last spring’s 360 Student Leadership Conference, hosted by TIU’s Emerging Kingdom Leaders, high school students were offered an opportunity to receive a grant from Trinity to put toward a ministry-minded project. According to the grant’s webpage, the purpose of the grants is “to empower high school youth to plan, conduct, and evaluate a service project that promotes human flourishing in God’s kingdom.”
Two teams were awarded grants, and over the course of the past year, they put their grants to use in their respective ministry areas, all the while evaluating, amending, and altering their plans for optimal impact by the end of 2013.
The purpose of the banquet was to allow the recipients of last year’s grants to share with Trinity faculty and staff about how they had used their money for their projects.
Hudson Nyhart, the sole representative for CommissionConnection.org, was the first presenter. His website, he explained, seeks to provide an online classifieds service for ministries looking for staff or volunteers and helps advertise a ministry’s services to its communities.
Nyhart, whose team came up with the idea for CommissionConnection after the conference last spring, said that their biggest hurdle was finding an experienced web developer. The money from the grant allowed the team to hire a developer and get the site up and running in a matter of months. Though the site currently serves only the Milwaukee area, Nyhart hopes to eventually expand the site.
“We’re still working out some bugs,” Nyhart said.
The second group represented A&C Children’s Ministries from Milwaukee. According to the ministry’s four leaders—high schoolers who had held various VBS and youth outreach camps in their own yards for several years—they were desperately in need of worship equipment for their program. Once they received the grant, they were able to purchase the instruments and amplifiers needed to better facilitate worship among their growing number of kids. A&C was also able to use the money to fund a no-charge Bible study for local girls that focused on strong women of faith from the Bible and from the modern church.
The Kingdom Impact Grant will be made available to ministry-minded students again during this year’s Student Leadership Conference, which is held at TIU April 25–26. Those who are not able to attend the conference will still be able to apply here by June 30, 2014. Grant recipients will be announced in August.
FREE UPCOMING WEBINAR | FRIDAY, MARCH 7TH, 2014 | 12PM – 1PM (CST):
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This webinar features Catholic Relief Services’ project, “The health of the family is also men’s work” that is transforming communities through the education of fathers. Pregnant women are at risk of poor prenatal care and abuse which impacts safe delivery and newborn health. Through life-affirming education and training men are gaining new appreciation for pregnant wives and actively supporting them during pregnancy and with their newborn babies. This model may be adapted across cultural boundaries.
The webinar will feature Dr. Elena McEwan, MD. Since 2006, Dr. McEwan has served as the Senior Technical Adviser in Maternal and Child Health and the technical backstop to maternal and child health (MCH) projects for Catholic Relief Service. She is a physician by training, and received her pediatric degree in Nicaragua, her native country in 1995. Her primary purpose is to provide global leadership to CRS’ maternal and child health programming. Dr. McEwan also coordinates and provides technical support to CRS’ awarded MCH grants. More specifically she provides technical assistance to develop the Detailed Implementation Plans, Social and Behavior Change Strategies, Evaluations and Operations Research. She also represents CRS’ MCH portfolio in global forums such as the GAVI Alliance and the CoreGroup.
Tickets are available for an intimate concert with Mark Schultz. This event is a benefit concert celebrating Teen Mother Choices’ 25th Anniversary. Teen Mother Choices is a ministry devoted to the physical, emotional, and spiritual growth of teen mothers and their children while helping them on the road to independence.
Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at 8pm
Held at TIU in Olson Chapel
Advance Tickets $35 At the door $40
Visit teenmotherchoices.org; 847-599-8135;firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to Spring Break, the Waybright Gaming Area will be closed beginning Thursday, March 6th through Sunday, March 16th.
Contributions made by Trinity Digest staff writers Allison Kolander, Dustin Alewine, Jacob Hammack, and Devon Lancaster
Trinity’s missions teams are wrapping up preparations for the 2014 Spring Break Missions Trips. This year, teams will be headed to Uganda, France, Costa Rica, Zambia, and Los Angeles over the course of the next two weeks.
The Uganda team includes 14 Trinity students and staff members. During their 11-day trip, they will be working with the Jenga Community Development Outreach. Their main focus will be to spend time in community with the Ugandan people, participating in hospital care and working with street children. They will also serve in a children’s ministry as they engage the youth with Christian Bible clubs.
“I think this trip provides an opportunity for the students of TIU to experience God in a context that is different than their own,” said assistant to the Associate Dean and team leader Amanda Onapito, who is from Uganda. “It is a great opportunity to learn about and serve others as well as to grow in self-awareness and be invigorated for missions.”
The France missions trip has a slightly different focus compared to the traditional missions trip in that the focus is on the students’ spiritual formation rather than evangelical ministry. During the trip, the students and staff will be staying at Taize, a monastery located nearly four hours from Paris.
TIU senior and student leader Justin Nitta is looking forward to what God will do in France.
“I am thrilled to live in the monastery,” said Nitta. “I’m also looking forward to listening to God while in Taize.”
The Costa Rica missions trip is one of two new missions trips offered this year. The Costa Rica trip replaced the long-standing partnership with El Salvador due to a travel warning set in place by the United States Department of State.
The Costa Rican Missions Trip runs through the Christian non-profit organization Roblealto Child Care Association (RCCA), which provides services to children and teens in at-risk homes. The team will have an opportunity to minister to these students while playing games and doing crafts with them. The team will also be doing home visits with the children and their families.
Another team will be headed to Lusaka, Zambia, where they will visit a few sites in the poverty-stricken nation, such as clinics, schools, and orphanages that are active in fighting against AIDS.
The teams heading to Zambia will be involved in various projects during their time in the country. The team will spend much of their time learning from the Zambian people so that they are better able to serve.
They will also be serving with the Lazarus Project Boys Home, where they will have the opportunity to teach classes. They will also be able to reach out to the children at Lusaka who face many trials in their lives.
The team is partnering with the Northmead Assembly of God, which is pastored by Bishop Joshua Banda and has over 2000 members.
The final missions team will be working in Los Angeles, California. Here, the team will stay in Pico-Union, a predominantly immigrant neighborhood in LA. The main focus for the trip is learning urban ministry in a cross-cultural context.
The team is partnering with Bridging Urban Missions Project (BUMP). This is the first time Trinity and BUMP have worked together in LA.
During their trip, the team will helps out with after school tutoring and language instruction at a local school. They will also work on various projects with a local church, including food distribution.
The USSC Testing Center will suspend normal operating hours during Spring Break. Proctoring will be available by appointment only.
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Normal hours will resume March 17, 2014.
The TIU Fitness Center will have special hours over Spring Break.
Thurs. 3/6 – Sat. 3/8
Mon. 3/10- Sat 3/15
The Fitness Center will resume regularly scheduled hours Mon. 3/17.
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