“Let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth." - 1 John 3:18 (NIV)
How do you know you are loved? Maybe there are people in your life who take care of you when you're sick, celebrate with you or cry with you, or listen well as you share your heart. There are so many ways that love is expressed, but one thing is certain: it takes action to show that love is true. Talking about love is not the same as showing up in someone’s life.
Jesus is the greatest example of this. As the Word who became flesh and lived among us (John 1:14), he healed, comforted, wept, laughed, sweated, suffered, and conquered death. His love continues to move actively and powerfully through the world—through Spirit-empowered people like you.
What if God called you to an experience that deepened your love for him and others? Being a Student Missionary is simply an opportunity to grow in love as you share life over several months with people who may be different from you in age, personality, culture or religion. Whether an academy dorm or refugee community; an island classroom or urban health clinic, your decision to show up and care speaks louder than any words could about what God’s love is really like.
Our greatest prayer for you as a student at Walla Walla University is that you will encounter the life-changing love of Jesus, and that his love will overflow to those around you. When you’re ready for more conversation about what it could look like to go love as a Student Missionary, we have a team of students and a Chaplain for Missions who have already taken this journey and would love to answer questions or dream with you. Being a student missionary isn’t easy and it may not look like what you expect, but there’s never been a better time than now—for you or the people God will love through you.
Mission and service opportunities
There are so many ways to let your light shine--here in Walla Walla, on a short term service trip, or as a student missionary. You can explore these opportunities below.
Spend a few months or a year of your life as a student missionary. Discover what the process looks like through the Guide to Service.
Spend some time serving others over a break. Find out what service trips are available, and learn how to join or lead a trip.
Put your gifts and skills to use in caring for our community with the Center for Humanitarian Engagement.
At this time, all Student Missionaries are required to sign two additional waiver and agreement forms which include recommended safety measures to protect themselves and the communities in which they serve. The COVID-19 vaccine is a requirement for student missionaries serving internationally. Please contact the Associate Chaplain for Missions for more information.