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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Souderton student participates in summer Service Inquiry Program

GOSHEN, Ind. -- Seven Goshen College students are spending the summer 
in service around the world with a church-related service or mission 
agency through Goshen College's Service Inquiry Program (SIP).

Angela Bishop, a senior Spanish and TESOL double major from Souderton, 
 is working at the Alterna Community in LaGrange, Ga. Bishop, 
daughter of Eric and Linda Bishop, is a 2008 graduate of Christopher 
Dock Mennonite High School.

The program allows students to engage in service for three months 
while under the sponsorship of a church agency and under the tutelage 
of an onsite mentor. During service, students are exposed to societal 
inadequacies and injustices, challenged to come up with creative 
responses to perplexing human problems and encounter people from other 
cultures and backgrounds. At the end of the summer, each volunteer 
receives a scholarship of up to $1,500 toward tuition costs for the 
next academic year. In many cases, though not all, students receive a 
summer stipend from the agencies being served.

Participants in SIP engage in a three-month term of direct, meaningful 
service for others while testing their fit for future long-term 
service. Students applied for assignments and were matched with 
opportunities available with service agencies.

-- By Anna T. Ruth  -- Submitted by Goshen College


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