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SBU mission teams commissioned during May 11 Chapel service

BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University’s Center for Global Connections formally commissioned four mission teams during Chapel service on Wednesday, May 11, in Pike Auditorium on the Bolivar campus. 

SBU students, staff and faculty pray over mission team members.“The highlight of the last Chapel of each semester is to commission our CGC mission teams and recognize those who have committed to serving domestically and abroad over the summer,” said Diana Gallamore, director of the CGC and travel stewardship. “This service is so impacting, as it affirms our SBU students are a vital part of what God is doing in the world and connecting them with His work, as well as recognizing the support of the student body and campus by allowing a special time of prayer and commissioning on their behalf.”

The SBU mission teams formally commissioned included (team/leader): 
• Baptist Hill – Dr. Colleen and Henry Shuler
• Kenya – Jacob and Mollie Banks
• Uganda – Jared and Amelia Brieg, Taylor McKowen and Sarah Schwemmer
• Pyrenees – Mason Bollin

“I feel really blessed to get to serve this summer in Uganda,” said team co-leader Sarah Schwemmer, a biomedical science major. “The Lord works in big ways no matter where in the world you are, but it is such a joy to get to serve in another country this summer. I have a heart for the nations, and I am so excited to be the hands and feet of Jesus for them. 

SBU students, staff and faculty pray over mission team members.“I’m excited to get to be a co-leader for this team and to pour encouragement into my teammates. I pray God will help me to help them love and serve well. I have an amazing team that really loves the Lord and is excited to serve this summer!”

Dr. Colleen Shuler, assistant professor of education at SBU, and her husband, Henry, lead housekeeper at SBU, are guiding the Baptist Hill team for the second straight summer.

“We are blessed to be invited back to Baptist Hill again,” Henry Shuler said. “It is truly a place where you can’t help but feel close to God.”

“Having the privilege to lead a team to Baptist Hill is just one more reason why I love working at SBU,” Colleen Shuler said. “Last summer, we fell in love with Baptist Hill – the people who worked there, the beautiful campgrounds and the testimonies of lives changed. To return was never the question. Rather, how soon can we go back was the question asked by our college students.”

SBU alumni Zack Atchley and Nate Jones continued their tradition of closing each semester with musical praise and worship.

To learn more about the Center for Global Connections, please contact the CGC office at (417) 328-1900. 

PHOTOS: SBU students, staff and faculty pray over mission team members traveling this summer on the Center for Global Connections trips during the May 11 Chapel commissioning service.

*Published: 5-12-2022