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Southeast students travel to Thailand working with campus ministry


This summer, eight Southeast Missouri State University students spent five weeks in Khon Kaen, Thailand working with Campus Outreach.

Campus Outreach is an international ministry that encourages college students to focus on Christ and to share His word.

Seniors Justin Chaney of Troy, Missouri; Riley James from Monroe City, Missouri; Kayla Grimmett of St. Louis, Missouri; Maddie Lebeter of Morrisonville, Illinois; Nathan Peters and Nik Weber from Belleville, Illinois; Morgan Nale of Mt. Zion, Illinois as well as alumnus Cole Criddle of Carbondale, Illinois were part of Southeast's Campus Outreach that worked with Thai students.

In hopes of moving the ministry forward the Thais with Campus Outreach Ministry wanted to have a large group participate, according to Justin Chaney.

The students from Southeast helped conduct lessons and hung out with the Thai students to get to know them.

He said he appreciated having the English speaking Thai church and other Americans to help ease the adjustment of being in a different country.

Including the Southeast students, a total of 20 Americans went to Thailand to help with a camp.

The team trained to teach at the English camp, the first week, and they visited a village new to Christianity as well as toured the city.

The following four weeks were spent working the summer camp.

"Our main purpose for being there was serving the staff, the church, the students and sharing about our savior Jesus Christ," Riley James said.

The camp consisted of baking, photography, English lessons and fitness workshops during the day, and they would have game nights and movie nights.

Professional programming to help with skills in mock interviews, public speaking and hearing presentations were also available.

"We felt very blessed to have the opportunity to help our friends in Thailand this summer. The Lord used the camp in so many different ways," Chaney said. "Four students accepted Jesus, and it seems as though we keep receiving news of others getting plugged into Bible studies since we've left."

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