By Courtney Beckwith - December 4, 2014

Give to a giver with Adopt-a-Missionary

’Tis the season of giving, and what better way to celebrate than giving to a giver?

Loma Linda University Global Health Institute, in collaboration with Students for International Mission Service, is holding the second annual “Adopt-a-Missionary” Christmas project on campus.

This project focuses on collecting care packages filled with Christmas cheer for volunteers currently serving abroad. This year the collections are going for 15 different volunteers and families.

The missionaries are working overseas at Loma Linda University Health strategic interest sites as dentists, hospital administrators, nurses, public health educators and more. They range from Loma Linda University alumni, LLU global service awardees, LLU deferred mission appointees, and Adventist Health International long-term volunteers.

The job is simple:

  • Pick an ornament with a family name on it from the Christmas tree in the Councilors Student Pavilion or call the Global Health Institute to learn about the available families.
  • Pick up a 12”x12”x5.5” large flat-rate box from the Global Health Institute office at 24888 Prospect Avenue, Loma Linda, CA 92354, and fill it with goodies.
  • Once finished, return the package to the Global Health Institute by Dec. 19. They will take care of the rest. 

These missionaries are dedicating their lives “To Make Man Whole” all over the world. Help spread the holiday spirit and share a little reminder of home by signing up to sponsor a box today.

To learn more about this project and see a list of suggested gifts, please visit or contact Angeli Yutuc, program manager of international service at 909-558-4876 or

Examples of things to send include peanut butter, batteries, lotion, recipes, movies, music, LLU gear, etc. 

Things not to send include aerosols, fruits and veggies, perfumes, perishable food, etc.