Olivet grad Amy Dillman of Bloomington traveling the globe with World Race

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Amy Dillman with World Race in India (Photo submitted by Amy Dillman)

BOURBONNAIS, IL (07/24/2013)(readMedia)-- After graduating from Olivet Nazarene University in 2012, Amy Dillman decided to serve the world's citizens by joining the World Race, a ministry sending mission teams on a journey to 11 countries in 11 months. She is nearing the end of the journey with only weeks left.

A social work major from Bloomington, Dillman has been on the World Race since September, 2012, and has served in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, China, the Philippines, India, Ukraine, Romania, Honduras, Nicaragua and currently Costa Rica. Besides being the logistics coordinator for her squad of more than 50 people, she has loved connecting the people she meets with their community's resources. Besides the practical application of her studies, she has also found her internship at a pregnancy resource center and her passion for Zumba - exercise routines set to music - to be beneficial for what she is doing now.

"In the Philippines, I came alongside at a birthing center and helped the women by doing a Bible study, teaching a Zumba class, and taking their pulse and blood pressure," she says. "I am really passionate about being spiritually, physically and mentally fit. The birthing center had never done any physical exercise with the women until I offered to teach a few Zumba songs. Exercising to music together after our Bible study brought so much joy.

"I wanted to see a delivery, and the last week I was in the Philippines, God put me in the right place at the right time. I got to go with a midwife to help with a house delivery. I helped comfort the 19-year-old young woman, Analynn, through her fear of her first delivery. When it came time for the birth, I was right there holding her leg and assisting the midwife. That beautiful memory will stick with me forever!"

Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university offering more than 100 areas of undergraduate and graduate study, including the Doctor of Education in ethical leadership. Olivet has one main campus in Bourbonnais, Ill. - just 50 miles south of Chicago; three additional sites: Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Ill., and Hong Kong; and more than 100 School of Graduate and Continuing Studies learning locations throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest. From Oxford to Tokyo, hundreds of Olivet students also experience the global classroom each year, whether through study abroad opportunities or worldwide mission trips.


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Laura Warfel

Public Relations Specialist

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, Ill.