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.
There’s a new addition to the Trinity Trojans ranks: men’s volleyball. This new intercollegiate varsity sport will begin to play during the 2014–15 school year, and will become the 11th varsity sport for TIU Athletics, competing as an independent member of the National Intercollegiate Athletics Association (NAIA).
The men’s volleyball program returns to Trinity International as a varsity sport following a thirteen-year absence; the previous iteration of Trojan volleyball enjoyed success from 1985–2001, finishing third overall in the 1991 NAIA national tournament, and winning the 2000 NCCAA National Championship.
Taking the reins of the program will be TIU women’s volleyball head coach Dan Priest. Priest brings NCAA Division I experience to the Trojans, after serving as a volunteer assistant with the Ball State men’s volleyball team in the fall of 2013, at which time he assisted in the scouting and video breakdown of the Cardinals’ opponents.
A Trinity alum (’10) and son of TEDS Professor Robert Priest, Dan also was an assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team at Indiana Wesleyan, where the Wildcats posted a combined 102–22 record over his three seasons, including three straight trips to the NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship, three Crossroads League Tournament titles, and a pair of Crossroads League regular season championships. Priest worked with eight NAIA All-Americans during his three seasons at IWU.
“Words really cannot express what this opportunity means to me, to return to Trinity,” Priest said. “Visiting campus and going through the interview process, it became clear to me that this position is what God has been preparing me for. Having grown up in the area and playing volleyball at Libertyville High School, Sky High VBC, and Sports Performance, I have come into contact with many young men hoping for the opportunity to both play high-level volleyball, and to be part of an intentional, Christ-centered community. There are few experiences in life like this camaraderie, and I feel honored to lead these young men in the restoration of the TIU men’s volleyball program.”
“The addition of the men’s volleyball program marks an exciting time in the growth of Trinity International University,” added TIU Athletic Director, Dr. Tony Ladd. “The sport of volleyball has deep roots in the Chicagoland area, and we feel that Dan, with his varied experience and ties to TIU, is the perfect individual to tap into that local talent, and lead both men’s and women’s programs to future success.”
As Coach Priest looks to start the program by fielding a competitive team in the Trojans’ first season of play, recruiting for the spring 2015 season will begin immediately. Student-athletes interested in the program can contact Coach Priest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Devon Lancaster, Trinity Digest staff writer
While many students used Christmas break as a time to relax, rest from school and enjoy the comforts of their home, a group of Trinity students and staff traveled to New Orleans on January 5 to help with relief efforts from 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.
Though it has been nearly nine years since Katrina made landfall, there is still a fair amount of flooding in the area. Additionally, many homes in the city are still in need of repairs.
Each day, the Trinity missions team worked to repair these homes by hanging drywall, installing, and sanding drywall. Each day after lunch they went on prayer walks throughout the neighborhood they were working in. They also interacted with many of the people in the neighborhood by praying over them and their city.
After a long day of hard work, the team would return to the camp for dinner. They spent their evenings interacting with a variety of ministry groups who worked in New Orleans. The team got the chance to learn about inner-city ministry, community development and crisis-response.
“I think what God has taught me through this experience was the importance of prayer. I struggled with going on the prayer walks on the trip because my focus was on physical work,” said Missions Cabinet member Cassandra Maurer. “When working on a house, you can see tangible results, but with prayer, you aren’t always privileged to see tangible results right away. That doesn’t make it any less important.”
In addition to the New Orleans missions trip, Trinity sent a missions team to India during winter break. During spring break, different mission teams will be serving in Chicago, El Salvador, France, Uganda, Zambia and Costa Rica.
The University is saddened to announce the passing of Marla Kessel, associate director of undergraduate admissions–guest services. Marla was first diagnosed with cancer more than a decade ago, and had seen its symptoms wax and wane over the past several years.
The Trinity community wishes to express its deepest sympathies and prayers for God’s peace to her family and friends.
Marla joined the Trinity team in 1997. When asked why she loved this place, Marla said, “I’ve seen the end product—students who are committed to the Lord and excelling in their career.” All who worked with her could see that passion motivating her each day at Trinity.
Senior Vice President of Enrollment Roger Kieffer reflected on Marla’s service, highlighting her dedication to Trinity as one “who was committed to excellence. She faithfully served prospective students and genuinely cared for them. She will be greatly missed.”
“Marla modeled Christ in so many ways and has left a legacy of superior customer service that will not be forgotten,” said Interim Director of Undergraduate Admissions Jordan Bryant. “I will never forget the way that she worshiped her Lord in the midst of so many trials. She was a great team member, leader, and friend.”
We recognize the impact this will have on employees and students who knew Marla, and the University has made additional support available for those who desire it. Employees may contact Director of Human Resources Kevin Moon at email@example.com and students may contact Chaplain Scott Samuelson firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Marla’s visitations and funeral service are open to the entire Trinity community and will be held at Immanuel Church in Gurnee on Sunday, February 16, from 2–5 p.m. (visitation), and Monday, February 17, from 10-11 a.m. (visitation), with the service starting at 11 o’clock.
Two reports of catalytic converter thefts on campus have been recently documented. Both incidents happened in the commuter lot two weeks ago.
Please report any suspicious activity or individuals working on their cars in the parking lots to campus security (x6400). According to Bannockburn Police Department they have had no other reports of such thefts; however, the Lincolnshire Police have had converter theft reports from some of their office building parking lots. Fox 32 News has reported that this is a growing problem in the Chicagoland area.
TIU Security will increase their patrols, but of course they need everyone to be diligent and report suspicious activity on campus right away.
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by Rebecca Spellman
The Master of Arts in Leadership (MA/L), a program that has existed for just over two years, has attracted much attention from the TIU community, especially as it offers a dual-degree track for undergraduate students looking to get a jump start on graduate studies. This was what originally piqued my interest when I began the program a year and a half ago. Now, as the first graduate of the MA/L, I see how the decision to participate stretched me to my limits academically and challenged me to grow in my conception of leadership as a discipline.
One of the greatest benefits of my experience in the program was the opportunity it gave me to not only exercise my own leadership abilities, but also to dialogue with those who have spent the entirety of their professional lives engaging in leadership. The last class I took before completing my coursework was on the subject of followership, co-taught by Felix Theonugraha, dean of students for Trinity Graduate School, and David Fowler, director of the Services Academy at Microstrategy, a Washington, D.C.-based tech consulting firm.
Over the course of the semester, I had the opportunity to share some of my career aspirations with the class. Fowler, hearing my interest in consulting, invited me to attend a communication workshop he would be leading at the Chicago branch of Microstrategy. I eagerly accepted the invitation, and was given the chance to spend two intensive days learning about effective presentation techniques with a group of ten other business professionals from the company.
Students in the program are granted multiple opportunities for growth and development of their skills while completing the MA/L. Amanda Schleich shared about her experience, saying, “Different papers, case studies, and projects have helped me to understand the different theories of leadership. Through the leadership program I have met and worked with several leaders who are currently in the field. It has been a great benefit having those leaders share their real-life experiences with the class.”
However, the journey has not been without challenge. The program, being so young, has faced its share of obstacles in implementing plans that may have seemed ideal on paper. Students currently in the program have had to put their leadership skills to the test as they attempt to maintain a realistic timeline for graduation. Dustin Johnston, who will graduate from the program this May, says that “the program has equipped me to be a better leader through the process of struggle. ‘There is no growth without resistance,’ and there is plenty of that built into the system. . . . the emerging leader develops a sense of purpose but also a sense of perseverance. Those last two factors may be most prized and valuable from my experience in the program, and I feel they equipped me best to be successful as a leader.”Rebecca Spellman (BA ’13, MA ’13) graduated in December with a Master of Arts in Leadership. She is currently working as the Creative Media Coordinator for TIU’s marketing department.