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Global Partnerships

Global Partnerships

Through partnership trips that go out over spring and summer breaks, students travel all over the world learning, building relationships, and serving. These trips are open to students from all backgrounds, religious traditions and levels of experience.

Mission

As a program of University Ministries, Global Partnerships seeks to transform students to impact the world for God.

Vision

Through Global Partnerships we hope to give students a love for the global church and a passion for serving in cross-cultural contexts. We want Global Partnerships to be an experience where students can live out Micah 6:8, “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God,” both on campus and around the world. We seek to be a blessing to our global partners through service, prayer, and encouragement, just as they continue to be a blessing to us through their teaching, example, and hospitality.

Global Partnership Trips

The Trip

Roadtrip to West Virginia. Hike through the Appalachian Mountains. Roll up your sleeves, pick up a hammer and change a life. Build homes and christian community with North Parkers and Appalachian families.

For the first time in history, more than 50% of the worlds population is living in urban areas. “An urban area may be defined by the number of residents, the population density, the percent of people not dependent upon agriculture, or the provision of such public utilities and services as electricity and education.” But what about the less than 50% that is not living in these urban areas? What about those who live in the rural areas of America? In 2009 the poverty rate in rural America was 17.26%. There are people who need help in the rural areas of America. These people in rural America need more than just blue-collar work done to help their lives. They need hope restored to their lives, through the work that is provided to them, but also through the word that is shared with them.

During the trip, you will spend a week in an intense community providing home repair care to a family in central Appalachia. Throughout the week, a relationship with the family, whose home is being repaird, will be created. This is accomplished through sharing the word during breaks in the work, and through that, restoring hope to a people who have lost hope. We will be partnering with the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) during the duration of the trip.

Date: March 12–19, 2016
Location: Guyan Valley, W. Va.
Group Size: 15
Estimated Cost: $650 per person
Leaders: TBA

Partner: Appalachia Service Project

Join Hindustani Social Services as they care for the poor through education, healthcare and public-health initiatives in urban and rural India.

The Trip

Work alongside Semi!as to provide children and their parents with basic healthcare. Share testimonies, sermons and prayers with Iglesia del Pacto Evangelico de Mexico. Stay in the heart of Oaxaca City, and practice your Spanish. Eat chicken mole, drink chocolate caliente, listen to street musicians and hike the pyramids of Monte Alban.

The Place

Oaxaca is located in the southeast of Mexico. It has a population of 3.8 million and about 60% of them are under the age of 30. More than the 50% of the population lives in rural areas. There are sixteen formally registered indigenous communities, some of which are culturally diverse themselves.

The capital of the state is admired by its beautiful architecture of the buildings in the Centro Histórico (Historic Center), which was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Oaxaca is a beautiful state, it’s well known for its beaches, mountains, forest, and valleys as well for its history, culture, and diversity.

The Partner

Covenant World Mission is committed to culturally relevant evangelism and the formation of communities of Christ followers, to spiritual formation and equipping God’s people for ministry and leadership, and to transformational ministries that demonstrate the whole gospel by seeking to address the spiritual, social, emotional, mental, physical, and justice needs of people.

Covenant Merge Ministries, with over 20 years of experience, and 14,000 participants, utilizes qualified local leadership to design custom mission trips. Your group will share its unique talents and abilities in partnership with a local church/ministry. You will have the opportunity to encourage the church body and enhance their ministry in the community. When you embark on a Merge trip you are part of a larger mission. You are continuing the work of those who went before you as well as preparing the way for those that will follow.

The Trip

FFHM runs a children’s home in Tlacolula, 45 minutes from Oaxaca. 50 children, ages 1-22, receive food, clothing, education, and love. North Park serves “behind the scenes” by cleaning, gardening, babysitting, tutoring, cooking, and doing construction projects. We will also run gym classes and a mini sports camp with the kids.

The Place

Mexico is a country where affluence, extreme poverty, natural beauty and urban congestion all exist. Because Mexico is a major oil producer and exporter, a small percentage of the country is wealthy. However, most Mexicans live in poverty with neglected rural areas and shanty towns surrounding most cities. Oaxaca is the second-poorest province in the country, which is all the more reason to serve with FFHM.

The Partner

Foundation for His Ministry shares and demonstrates God’s love by meeting basic spiritual, physical and educational needs of children in Mexico. They have 3 children’s homes throughout Mexico in the Baja, Morelia and Oaxaca. Oaxaca is populated by people from over 155 ethnic groups. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico filled with history, culture, and diversity.

At the mission house, there are currently 50 children housed in a dormitory style building. Over the past few years the ministry has expanded to include regular conferences and training seminars for pastors and Christian leaders throughout the state of Oaxaca. In addition to their children’s homes, FFHM also provides service in the city and in the mountains as part of their efforts to extend God’s love to all parts of the land.

Date: TBD
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Estimated Cost: $1,200 per person
Partners: FFHM
Helpful Links: Traveler Health InformationU.S. State Department Mexico Profile

The Trip

Faith and justice go together. Make your voice heard! Lobby on Capitol Hill. Pray for justice around the world. Learn the process of creating change through community organizing models. Visit the headquarters of great non-profits such as International Justice Mission, Sojourners, and Bread for the World.

The Trip

Hope Ministries established an orphanage in Ndola, Zambia for children who have lost their parents because of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Through the support of Spark Ventures, Hope now runs a school ad nutrition program for 300 children. Every year NPU hosts a medical clinic and reading program for the students. In addition to serving, we live and eat with host families, participate in church and go on a safari in Livingstone.

The Place

Zambia has moved from being a major copper producer and potentially one of the continent’s richest countries at independence in 1964 to one of the poorest. 63% of the Zambian people live on less than one dollar per day. At least one out of every seven Zambians is infected with HIV/AIDS, which means almost every family in Zambia is affected by the disease.

The Partner

Hope Ministries Zambia has established an orphanage in Ndola, Zambia for children who have lost their parents because of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. These children receive food, clothing and education, along with support for their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Hope hires teachers, provides school supplies and serves hot meals several times a week to the children. Visit Spark Ventures at the link below to learn more, see photos and watch videos of Hope Ministries’ progress.

Date: TBD
Location: Ndola, Zambia
Estimated Cost: $4,000 per person
Leaders: TBD & Heather Duncan
Partners: Hope Ministries, Spark Ventures

The Trip

North Park University’s Women’s Volleyball team will serve for ten days with Merge Ministries in the Dominican Republic hosting a volleyball camp, helping with construction projects and learning from a local church.

The Partners

Merge Ministries connects teams with local churches that enable mutual learning and service opportunities.

Date: March 12-20, 2016
Location: Dominican Republic
Group Size: 20
Estimated Cost: $1,500 per person
Leaders: TBA
Partner: Merge Ministries

The Trip

Serve for a week with Global Brigades in rural Honduras putting on medical clinics and assisting with various public health projects. We have an opportunity to work alongside the local communities in holistic partnership as we learn about community development.

The Partners

Global Brigades is an organization that focuses specifically on sustainable holistic development globally. Volunteers shadow local and foreign health professionals as they provide pro-bono consultations and medications to patients in rural communities. Volunteers assist with in-take, triage, medication packing, and health education.

Contact

For more information about the Global Partnerships program, please contact University Ministries.

You can also make a gift online to support Global Partnerships.

Make A Gift

Donations are made to the Global Partnerships program as a whole, and are nonrefundable.