Making the Most of the Summer: DBU Students Learn and Serve at Home and Abroad

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Dr. Brent Thomason, Dean of Graduate School of Ministry (left), and Dr. David Cook, Dean of Global Studies (right), with students during a long-term summer course in Germany and France.

During the summer months, DBU students can be found all over the world, continuing to expand their education outside the classroom in study abroad trips, as well as serving with local churches to reach their communities.

Here are just some of the ways our students are making the most of their summer.

Chapel Worship

Along with leading chapel services on campus for students during the fall and spring semesters, DBU Chapel Worship serves special guests hosted on campus throughout the summer months, as well as provides worship leadership for local church camps. This summer, Chapel Worship is involved with leading worship on campus for DBU’s New Patriot Orientation for new students, ServantU and Super Summer camps for youth, as well as serving at FBC Amarillo's Camp Table Rock in Missouri. They are also currently crafting original music this summer that is set to release in the fall.

Rec Teams

DBU Rec Teams partner with associational camps and various churches to support programming for groups generally between 6th – 12th grade. Teams lead recreational activities, small groups, skits, and foster an environment of service and community. This summer, 21 DBU students are traveling to more than 35 camps across the state of Texas. The Rec Teams are estimated to encounter over 10,000 campers throughout the summer of 2023.

Global Studies

The Global Studies program at DBU is an incredible opportunity for students to expand their education and service beyond the classroom by traveling and immersing themselves in diverse cultures while earning class credit. Students who take advantage of this opportunity learn about the world from new perspectives, exploring the world God created and reflecting on how they can serve globally in the name of Christ.

This summer, students had the opportunity to choose between a variety of short and long-term trips to Israel, Spain, Yellowstone, and Germany. During the Germany Study Abroad trip, students mainly spent time in Siegburg, Germany, as well as Cologne, Bonn, Nuremburg, Munich, Brussels, and Paris. Dr. David Cook, Dean of Global Studies, and Dr. Brent Thomason, Dean of the Graduate School of Ministry, led a “Living and Leading in a Secular World: Biblical Images and Modern Applications” course. Classes were held at Evangelische Freikirche in Siegburg. Students served with the church by aiding in organizational tasks throughout the week, making breakfast on Sunday mornings, and had the special opportunity to serve IMB Missionaries at the Departmental Estate of Sceaux Park in Paris by handing out water bottles to visitors. Students experienced rich learning both in and out of the classroom by embarking on guided walking tours around important cities, engaging with on-site lectures, and exploring the art of the Louvre and the majesty of the Palace of Versailles.

Written by Nidhi Pullukuri

Nidhi Pullukuri is a summer intern in the Department of University Communications.