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Students Being Transformational Leaders Around the World This Summer

Posted on: May 5, 2022
By LaVerne Howell,

NGU Students Being Transformational Leaders Around the World This SummerTigerville, SC (May 5, 2022) Sharing the love of Jesus and advancing the Kingdom of God in 16 countries, 34 summer camps, and ministry internships will be the goal of over one hundred North Greenville University (NGU) students this summer.

Aidan Broeker (expected ’23), a junior elementary education major, is one of 24 students that will be serving in international missions in 16 countries. He is thrilled to get the opportunity to serve on the mission field with the International Mission Board (IMB) in Southeast Asia, where he grew up.

Broeker was born in Louisville, KY, but his family moved overseas when he was two years old. He grew up in China and Japan and graduated high school in Japan.

“I will be working in villages establishing connections for long-term missionaries to take and deepen,” he said. “I think I’m most excited by the people I’ll be able to meet and the opportunity to see how God will use my time there.”

Some of the other areas NGU students will impact are North Africa, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Japan, Southeast Asia, Costa Rica, and the USA. They will be leading sports camps, installing water filters, sharing the gospel, teaching elementary classes, setting up a medical clinic, community-wide vacation bible school, assisting long-term missionaries, building a music ministry program, helping local churches, and visiting and praying for neighbors.

Nicole Pollard (‘21, expected M.C.M. ’23), a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry program from North Myrtle Beach is working for Student Life Camps this summer as camp director.

“I will serve as an onsite facilitator for Student Life, leading out on their vision and heart for camp. I will be managing relationships with churches, staff, and location contacts,” said Pollard.

She will have the opportunity to lead and develop a team both spiritually and professionally as well as address any staff conflicts that arise to maintain a healthy and supportive team dynamic.

“I will facilitate key meetings and solve problems with effective solutions,” she said.

In addition to Student Life Camp, NGU students will serve at Ambassador Camp in Lake Waccamaw, NC, Camp McCall, Camp La Vida, Kanakuk Kamp, Look Up Lodge, Pine Cove Camp at Chimney Point, Ridgecrest Conference Center, Summer Salt, and Upward Sports to name a few.

Emily Felton (’22) is serving as a volunteer at First Baptist North Spartanburg during her time at NGU. After graduation, she will be on staff full-time as a worship leader and administrative assistant.

“I’m grateful to be stepping onto a team that’s one of the strongest I know and at a local church, I already adore. When scripture says He gives abundantly more than we could ever ask or think, this is one of those tangible things for me,” Felton said. “Beyond what I could have even known to ask, He’s proving that He’s so much better at making my dreams come true than I am, and He cares way more about my future than I ever could.”

Other students will be serving on NGU’s summer staff, ministering to those grieving in a funeral home, serving persons with autism, and children in need, and with local churches in both music and youth ministry.

“I am so excited to see what God is doing among our students this summer,” said Director of Community Connection and Ministry Mobilization Joshua Gilmore.

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