Alumna Jessica Rupp ’07, who majored in studio arts, works with Operation Mobilization Arts International (OM Arts) as the visual art director. There, she plans short-term mission trips for international artists to locations worldwide.
“We do these short-term trips to go in and make a long-term effect,” says Rupp, who is out of the country for about half of the year with the organization. “We partner with communities and churches to have a long-term effect and watch the Spirit lead. … Our goal is to live in the presence of the Spirit. We build these relationships with these people … we want to go and make disciples.”
It was at Bethel where Rupp felt called to combine mission work with the arts.
“I had really good professors (both in and out of my major),” says Rupp. “I think it really comes down to the amazing mission courses that I took [at Bethel],” she says, adding that these courses helped her realize she could integrate missions into any culture. “[These courses] made me more interested [in missionary work] and it helped me to develop a mindset that there’s different ways to show the arts to the people of Guatemala than the people in South Africa."