MBU Creates Global Impact Through Missions, Teaching Opportunities

With study abroad programs, mission trips and teaching opportunities, Missouri Baptist University continues to make an impact throughout the world.

IMG_8813_WebJust weeks after leading a MBU travel study trip in London and Paris, English instructor Kelly Leavitt departed the United States last week to teach in China. Leavitt is working with We Teach in China, an organization sponsored by the Chinese Department of Education. She will be teaching in the Jiangsu Teacher Training Program for a two-week long program in the city of Xuzhou, which is located near Shanghai, at the Tongshan Teachers College.

Leavitt will promote cultural awareness through educational exchange, help Chinese teachers improve their conversational English skills and assist them with teaching methodology.

Leavitt holds a Masters of Arts in Comparative Literature from University College London as well as completing the University of Cambridge’s English language teaching certification in 2013. In addition to teaching English, Leavitt is a faculty leader for travel study trips at MBU. During the most recent trip to England and Paris, students spent 9 days exploring historical sites like Westminster Abbey and eating traditional fish and chips dinners.

MBU also continued their north east England missions trip this summer. MBU students ministered to England natives by working with Mosaic church plant pastor Ian Willson. The students connected with the community and unchurched through a coffee house ministry, open mic and discipleship. In addition to the short-term trip, seven students are continuing discipling and evangelism in the area for the remainder of the summer.

Earlier this summer, MBU also served in the Dominican Republic. The MBU group traveled to several impoverished villages in Barahona, DR to spread the Gospel through sports evangelism, children’s ministry, women’s bible study and village outreach. For more information on future opportunities, visit