Dordt College News

Van Dyke headed to Nigeria

May 10, 2003

A summer of mission work in Nigeria is in store for Leota native, Jeremy Van Dyke after picking up his diploma at Dordt College May 9.

Van Dyke, son of Milo and Nancy Van Dyke, plans to continue work toward a medical degree at a future date, but for the upcoming year he has decided to take a year to do some mission work and consider where God might be calling him for a life of service.

Following his Nigerian “Summer in Medical Missions” with Christian Reformed World Missions, Jeremy will spend a semester at Focus on the Family Institute, a one-semester academic and spiritual life training program that offers intense and personalized training in Christian worldview, leadership, family life issues, and in a Christian academic context. Next spring the focus will return to medicine, when Van Dyke hopes to earn a nurse’s aide/EMT license and then proceed to University of Minnesota School of Medicine in Duluth.

“I’ve thought about medical missions for many years,” said Van Dyke, who has also spent time at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation shadowing a doctor committed to domestic mission work in the U.S.

This summer he will be shadowing a doctor in Mkar, located in central Nigeria, and hopes he’ll be getting a hands-on education. Van Dyke will also be assisting with computer work while there. He said that eight other students are also going to locations in Nigeria this summer.

Jeremy majored in pre-med and psychology while at Dordt College.

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