Second wave of volunteers en route to global service

Published May 18, 2017

Riverside – California Baptist University is sending out its second wave of volunteer teams to serve on the International Service Projects and Summer of Service (SOS) programs.

Eleven teams will depart from CBU May 15-24 en route to Spain, Poland, Portugal, Germany, United Kingdom, Thailand, Southeast Asia and East Asia.

Crystal Castro, a sociology junior, will work with an indigenous church in Spain as part of SOS.

“I’m looking forward to learning about the culture and being relational with the people there,” Castro said. “God just pushed it on my heart to go. It was a walk of obedience to see if this is something I want to do in the future.”

The purpose of going on a service project is not to check off a box, said Jeff Lewis, director of Mobilization.

“This activity that they’re participating in is not the end of something,” Lewis said. “It is the continual development that we pray and hope will last them for the rest of their lives. That after they graduate from CBU, that they begin to make decisions based on the mission of God and not just on their whims and their desires of what they want to accomplish.”

The teams join 15 others already serving in South America, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Eastern Europe, Greece, United Kingdom, Poland, France and Germany. This summer, 36 teams with more than 300 volunteers will serve in 23 countries, assisting with English clubs, university ministry, engineering projects, sports and kids camps and healthcare.