READER FEEDBACK: Please share details about your spring break mission trips
For some students across the nation, it’s already spring break.
For others, spring break is next week.
The Christian Chronicle received a news release from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., concerning students’ spring break mission efforts.
We’d love to know about other spring break mission trips. Please leave a comment and share your news!
Here’s the FHU news release:
HENDERSON, TN—Approximately 180 Freed-Hardeman University students plan to spend some or all of their spring breaks on mission trips. Eleven groups of students will work in four foreign countries and six states between March 10 and March 19.
Students and, in some cases, FHU faculty and staff members will work in a variety of locales and areas of ministry. Trips are planned to Paraguay, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Cayman Islands as well as to Texas, Florida, Wisconsin, Alabama, Texas, and Tennessee. Their work will range from medical missions and house repair to more traditional door knocking and evangelistic efforts.
FHU faculty and staff members, students, and members of the Estes and Henderson churches of Christ will go to Port au Prince, Haiti, where they will deliver approximately 1,000 pairs of flip flops to those visiting the medical clinics conducted by the group. They will also deliver a variety of other needed goods. In addition, they will participate in an evangelistic campaign.
Members of Phi Kappa Alpha, a campus social club, will work with Rainbow Omega in Eastaboga, Ala. Rainbow Omega provides residential and vocational programs for adults with developmental disabilities.
Members of Sigma Rho, also a campus social club, will return to the Dominican Republic where they will work with a children’s home and conduct vacation Bible schools. The group will also do various kinds of manual labor, depending upon the need when they arrive. They also plan to visit a local landfill where a number of people have built their houses to provide food and Bible tracts.
One group comprised of FHU students who attend the Bethel Springs Church of Christ plan to go to Plano, Texas, where they will conduct a gospel meeting with preaching done by two faculty members, Jim Barr and Neil Segars, and two students, Wayne Scott and Matthew Moore. They will combine the evangelistic work with youth devotionals, visits to a hospital and nursing home, and work on children’s Bible class curriculum.
Those going to the Cayman Islands will be involved in planting a church on the island. This will include door knocking and giving invitations to Bible study. College men will do the preaching for a gospel meeting and college women will teach children’s classes.
Chi Beta Chi members are divided into three groups going to Albany, N.Y.; Janesville, Wis.; and Paraguay. Fourteen students are bound for Rockledge, Fla., while nine are headed for Mobile, Ala., and inner city ministry. A group of fifteen students and faculty will stay close to home as they conduct an evangelistic campaign in the Finger, Tenn., area.
FeedbackLeaving the Thursday night before their spring break officially starts, a group from Grace Chapel Church in Cumming, GA will make the 4th jr/sr spring break trip to visit the WINGS Children’s Home in Ongole, India. This home was featured in the “Around the World” page (8) of the March, 2011 issue of Christian Chronicle for being awarded the Best Service Organization award for their large region, Andhra Pradesh. The team will visit several village churches, including a Leper Colony Church, while in India, handing out clothes purchased with money they each raised to go on the trip. While at the Home, they will do crafts, play cricket and carom and just get to know the 96 children living there, and my daughter’s favorite: they get to serve them meals!Denise DickinsonMarch, 9 2011Also from Freed-Hardeman, a group of 42 students from the Theta Nu social club are traveling to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. They will be building houses, feeding the homeless who live at the city dump, conducting VBS for children in various villages, visiting a hospital and a prison, and doing evangelistic work, among other things.
Our group leader failed to provide the school with information for the press release, otherwise we would have been included.Ethan GarrettMarch, 12 2011Forty-eight Jackson Christian School students and faculty will spend spring break serving others and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ around the world. Students will be traveling to Buenos Aires, Argentina, Leon, Nicaragua and Kapsabet, Kenya.
While in Argentina students will teach English using the Bible. The group has raised enough money to take 168 New Testaments to distribute during their 9-day trip. They will also work with a local church spending time with the Argentine teenagers.
The students going to Leon, Nicaragua will be working with the missionaries-in-residence serving the community of Leon. They will also work at the local Nicaraguan Christian School assisting the students in their classes and spending lots of time playing with the children. The group also plans to do work projects at the school during their 8-day trip.
While in Kapsabet, Kenya JCS students will visit 6-8 public schools sharing the gospel while educating the high school students about HIV awareness. During this 13-day trip this group will be travel 33 hours before arriving in Kenya. They will spend five nights sleeping in tents without electricity and running water.
Mark Benton, Director of Missions at Jackson Christian School, oversees these trips and will be a leader for the Kenya trip. Jackson Christian School is located in Jackson, Tennessee.Tamie SorrellMarch, 14 2011Bruce Kemper: “Each of us, as members of the Body of Christ, has been given at least one spiritual gift. Besides this, there are the natural abilities with which God has endowed us. He intends these to primarily be used for the edification of the Body of believers. There is no such thing as a private gift (Rom. 126-8).”linkMarch, 18 2012