February 29th, 2008
NEWBERG, Ore. – A team of 20 George Fox University students and staff will travel to Thailand in May for nearly four weeks of service as part of the university’s May Serve program.
The group will spend 16 days working with Garden of Hope, a foundation offering programs that bring healing to victims of prostitution and sex trafficking. The group will spend its days doing various work projects for the foundation. In the evenings, members will form small groups with the Garden of Hope staff to help reach out to women and teens in prostitution and youth at risk in the red-light districts.
The final 10 days of the trip, the group will partner with Remember Nhu, an organization ministering to children in Thailand villages through Vacation Bible Schools, clothing distribution, music, games, drama and testimonies. They will also spend time in the homes of the children from Remember Nhu.
The group is currently meeting weekly for prayer, planning and implementing of fund-raising activities, and preparing for the ministry.
In its 19th year, the George Fox May Serve program allows students to spend a month in volunteer service in cross-cultural settings. Previous May Serve trips have gone to Ukraine, Brazil, India, Cuba, Jamaica, Brazil, Romania and the Philippines.
For more information on how to support the teams, contact Andrea Crenshaw at 503-554-2323 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are selected through an application process. Each student pays his or her own way. Part of the fund-raising includes garage sales, auctions, raffles, car washes, and charity dinners. To donate, contact the George Fox advancement office at 503-554-2110.
George Fox also sponsors weeklong service trips during Christmas break and spring break.
George Fox University is the only evangelical Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,200 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees.
Contact: Andrea Crenshaw
Director, Outreach and Service