At the Jessie C. Eury library, you’ll find more than books. Nancy Olson, Director of Library Services, has traveled the world ministering for Christ, and her student employees have, too. Next time you’re browsing for books, think about asking a staff member where they’ve been and how they’ve ministered for Christ—their answers may surprise you.
Before coming to Lincoln Christian University, God blessed Olson with the opportunity to experience several short-term mission trips:
- During her first missions trip, Olson traveled to various Eastern European countries to help encourage Christians.
- On her second trip, she traveled to the Central Japan Christian Mission in Isehara City, Japan. While there, she served as a short-term missions worker helping with the various needs of long-term missionaries. The trip included teaching English and helping with Vacation Bible School, children’s sessions, and camp.
- Her third trip was to London, England. This was a two-week missions trip to help the church with their Vacation Bible School and their church meeting in Wales.
Each of these trips increased Olson’s awareness of the need for Christians to go out into all the world and share the gospel.
“When I came to Lincoln,” Olson said, “I found here a desire to prepare workers to go out into all the world and share the gospel. During my first year at LCU, for the first time ever I lead a group of students on their 10-day Restoration Week trip to serve at Selston Christian Church in Selston, England. The students were able to see the great need for workers to share the gospel in England.
“While attending Lincoln Christian Seminary,” she continued, “I studied alongside classmates who were preparing to answer the call of ‘therefore, go’ throughout the United States and around the world—in England, Haiti, various African countries, various Asian countries, plus Prince Edward Island and Alberta in Canada.
“In the Jessie C. Eury Library, there are many untold blessings from many years of working alongside student workers, who are all preparing themselves for the ‘therefore, go’ call to serve God—whether that be on a short-term missions trip or in a long-term intercultural ministry. It is always exciting to hear the stories of God at work around the world.”
Olson’s student workers have collectively traveled to over a dozen countries and worked in many cities across the United States:
- Adam ministers in Poland.
- Elsy is active in a primarily Indian Christian church here in America.
- Samantha does Bible translation in eastern Europe.
- Kari served in Asia and is involved today in an intercultural setting.
- David serves international students at an American university.
- Jared works with Thailand students at a university.
- Melissa ministers with international students at an American university.
- David has preached at a Korean church.
- Murray, Trevor, and Sarah all preach and teach in their native Canada.
- Sophia works with orphans in her native country
- Tony works with students at a German university.
- Laura and Jeremy are starting a cross-cultural ministry in Boston.
- Alyssa does ministry in Africa.
- Rachel is preparing to serve in Africa.
- Jacob, Ashley, Kyrsten, Jeremy, Barb, Leslie, and others have taken short-term missions trips to various Asian and African countries.
Olson loves that her library staff has taken ownership in extending God’s Word around the world. “Just from the Jessie C. Eury Library alone,” she said, “LCU has a rich legacy of students who graduate from LCU to ‘therefore, go’ and carry out the Great Commission around the world or to international students attending American universities or to cross-cultural ministries in churches.”