Madison Pitsch and 42 other Concordia University students serve throughout the world

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

SEWARD, Neb. — Madison Pitsch, from Concordia, joined other students from Concordia University, Nebraska, who traveled internationally this past summer on mission and study trips.

Julie Johnston Hermann, director of global opportunities, and the Rev. Dr. John Mehl, led a group of seven students on a week-long mission trip in May to Amatitlan, Guatemala, through the Central American Lutheran Missions Society. The group taught vacation Bible school, games and English to students at various schools throughout the region. They also visited a community center where they tutored and taught VBS.

Those students included Zachary Barz, Carrie Black, Hope Hoyer, Madison Pitsch, Michaela Twito, Katie Wrege and Emma Wendorff.

“The kids were so willing to learn,” said student Micky Twito. “Even though there was a language barrier when you can’t speak perfectly, there’s a language of love that comes without words.”

Dr. Vicki Anderson, associate professor of education, two members of Concordia’s marketing team, and 10 students spent five weeks teaching in two English as a Second Language summer camps for students at Buena Vista Concordia International School in Shenzhen, China. The first camp, “Happy Steam,” and the second camp, “Running Steam,” featured classes in science, technology, engineering, art and math, as well as English.

Theology professor Mark Meehl led a study tour to Israel with nine students. For two weeks, the group explored the historical, biblical and cultural sites, such as Tel Aviv, Bethlehem, Galilee and Jerusalem.

Another six students traveled to Wisla, Poland, with Holy Savior Church to administer an ESL summer camp and act as counselors. Four more students and three alumni traveled to Akiacha, Alaska, with St. John Lutheran Church from Seward, where they led Bible studies and basketball camp for children in the area.

Additional Concordia undergraduate students traveled abroad to places including Ethiopia; Jacmel, Haiti; Koidu, Sierra Leone; Bhutan and Bali; Guatemala for volcano relief; Italy; and Mexico.

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