California Baptist University Sends 300th Isp Team
California Baptist University sends 300th ISP team
RIVERSIDE (June 6, 2012) - California Baptist University launched its 300th International Service Project (ISP) team June 6 with a celebration that included confetti and prayer for the volunteers.
The 'South Asia: Christian Challenge' team is one of 46 scheduled this year from CBU, totaling 420 students, faculty and staff serving in more than 20 countries.
"We will be teaching English and starting conversations that will lead to the gospel," said Keith, a team leader, as he introduced the other eight volunteers. "We pray for the opportunity to share our faith."
The group will return in late June after serving for nearly three weeks. This year marks the ISP program's 16th year. All ISP teams leave from the Ronald L. and Jane D. Ellis Great Commission Plaza on CBU's campus.
"Under Dr. Ellis' leadership, we commissioned our first teams in 1997," said Kristen White, CBU director of global mobilization. "That included three teams. This team is our 300th, but it's also the 33rd group of the year and the 18th currently serving on a field."
White asked parents and friends gathered for the team's departure to "pray for boldness of faith and opportunities to have gospel conversations."