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Mobilizing students: Summer missions, spring break trips serve as ‘lab’ for disciple-making

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Sonali Albus said that for her, planning to spend the rest of 2023 in Chile was a leap of faith.

“I grew up in church and heard about missions,” she said, and over the years, she went on short-term missions trips.

But as Albus prepared to graduate from the University of Alabama this May, a longer missions stay wasn’t on her radar. 

“I thought I was going to grad school,” she said.

As time went on, those plans didn’t work out quite like she thought they would, and she found herself praying through what she might do instead. She started looking at student summer missions, and eventually she felt God leading her to commit not only to spending the summer in Chile but to spending the fall semester there too.

On April 22, she was one of 106 students commissioned at REACH weekend to spend their summer serving in 19 countries and 10 states.

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