The SIMS Process: 

SIMS is not about just fundraising and going – rather it is an involved process of preparation and training, getting every participant ready for their trip. It begins with an initial interest form, an application, and an interview process. Then students are placed on teams according to their skills interests, and experience, and they go through a series of spring training sessions to get to

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know one another, to learn teamwork, to increase cross-cultural awareness, and to develop practical ministry skills for short-term missions. The teams then depart in the summer for their ministry locations around the world, and finally return back to the US for a debriefing session.

The Goal:  

The goal is not just to go “do” a project or “have” an experience. Instead, it is for each SIMS team, as they enter a given ministry context, to have the opportunity to serve together with Christians there, worship together with others, spend time with others, bless others, learn from others, grow in their faith, deepen their knowledge of God, and expand their understanding of God’s world and God’s mission in the world.  

If you are an SNU student and feel like God is speaking to you about being a part of a SIMS team in the future contact us today!
Contact: Deanna Thomason
Director of Student Ministries/SIMS Coordinator
Phone: 405.789.6400 x6872



For more information about the 2021 SIMS sights, click on the locations below!

Alaska: Front-Line Mission. Frontline Mission strives to strengthen the Mat-Su Valley in Wasilla, Alaska by being a connecting place between the less fortunate and compassionate as we unconditionally accept, holistically assist, and passionately advocate for our neighbors who endure the causes and effects of poverty. This a partnership with the Wasilla Church of the Nazarene. They are combating food insecurities in the valley by distributing groceries to 200 families per week as well as providing a hot meal and backpacks of food for students over the

weekend. Front-line is impacting the community by providing hot showers, laundry service, and job training/assistance. For more information visit
June 16 – July 2

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student group in alaska


Click here to apply.

Sao Paulo/Rio The Church of the Nazarene in Brazil invites you to join them in ministry.  You will be involved in community outreach, youth ministry, children’s ministry, sports ministry and much more.  You will visit numerous Nazarene churches throughout Southern Brazil including Rio.  Teams can expect opportunities in relational ministries with adults and students.  Music is an international language and would be a welcome addition to this team. 
June 23 – July 14

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EL PASO – Nazarene Border Initiative: The Nazarene Border Initiative exists to Encourage, Empower and Equip volunteers, local churches, and future missionaries with the purpose of expanding God’s Kingdom through churches and new ministries. Teams can expect opportunities in constructionevangelism,  gardening including harvesting and distributionclothing distribution, etc. For more information visit
May 16 – May 30

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Amman The Church of the Nazarene invites you to join them in Amman, Jordan.  This team can expect to work directly with refugees teaching them English, playing with children, leading worship, and teaching bible storiesMusic is an international language and would be a welcome addition to this team.  (Dates Late June – Early July TBD)

historic building in Jordan


camels in Jordan


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Chiclyo The Church of the Nazarene in Peru is growing and needs your help to build portable chapels and paint.  The church is very active in South America with numerous Child Development Centers where you will play with and teach children. 
May 26 – June 14

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