Anthony Villegas: Student Missions at Southern

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Anthony Villegas: Student Missions at Southern
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My Mission

I have the amazing opportunity and privilege of taking a year off from studying and going out to the island of Palau. Palau is part of the Micronesia region in the western Pacific Ocean. I will be serving in an elementary school where I will be teaching elementary physical education.

Each year Southern Adventist University sends out more than 60 full-time student missionaries. I have agreed to raise $3,500 for Southern's Student Missions program. The funds raised will collectively help cover our airfare, visas, insurance training, and care packages. I am excited to serve as a student missionary! Will you help me reach my goal? Whatever you are able to give is greatly appreciate by the 2018-19 student missionaries, the people we will serve, and also myself.

Who am I

I am freshman, nursing major at Southern Adventist University. Ohio is home for me but this past year I have learned that home is not so much a place but the people that you surround yourself with. I have developed life-long relationships that I know will be there for me when I need them. I love being active and sports are a big part of my life. I enjoy being around kids. Working as a summer camp counselor has helped me know how to deal with children, which will help in becoming an elementary teacher this year.

My story

I always saw myself being a Student Missionary. My plan was to go after my second year of college. But when I met with my advisor and was told that it was best to go after my freshman year  because of my major, I decided that I would not go at all. That next week it was Student Missions Emphasis Week and I felt God calling me to go. But even then, I still decided that I did not want to go out and serve because it did not work with MY plan. I had friends that were saying,  "I’ll pray for you," and "This would be such a great experience." But I would always respond by saying, "No, do not pray for me, I’m not going anywhere I’m staying right here at Southern." I soon learned that God had other plans for me and the MY plan was not what was going to happen. That whole week I felt restless and had an internal conflict. I felt like I was fighting with God and it wasn’t until the Student Missions Vespers that the calling could no longer be ignored and really felt God calling me. That next week I found myself in the Student Missions office starting my application and I thank God for not giving up on me.

Social Media

You can find me on Instagram and Facebook where you will be able to see updates of my time serving. Feel free to shoot me a message and I will be willing to answer any questions you might have.

  • Instagram: avillegas
  • Facebook: Anthony Villegas

Southern's Giving policy

*All gifts are tax deductible and nonrefundable.

Southern Adventist University accepts contributions, whether by gift, device, or bequest, consistent with its general tax-exempt purposes. These contributions may be given directly to any official university organization or activity. However, they may not be directed for any individual employee or student use. Contributions made for an intended purpose, such as a mission or service trip, will be used as specified. However, all contributions shall become the sole property of Southern Adventist University and are non-refundable under all circumstances. As such, the university reserves the right, in the event that the intended purpose is delayed or cancelled, to use the contributions as it may deem best in its sole and complete discretion so as to ensure that the funds will be used consistent with the tax-exempt purposes of the university.