Hundreds of Hope Students to Spend
Spring Break on Service Trips
Posted March 5, 2003
HOLLAND -- Nearly 400 Hope College students will
spend their spring break helping others.
The students will be participating in 25 service
projects that will take them throughout the United States as
well as to the Caribbean and Latin America. The college’s
spring break runs Friday-Sunday, March 14-23.
More than 350 students will be participating in 23
mission trips organized by the college's Campus Ministries
Office. In addition, 25 students will be traveling with
associate professor of kinesiology Dr. Steven Smith to
Jamaica, and 24 students will be going to Georgia with the
college's chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
The mission trips are a decades-long tradition at
Hope, but it is in the past 10 years that interest in them
has exploded. Nine years ago, the Campus Ministries Office
organized seven trips. This year there are 23.
The Campus Ministries trips will involve a variety
of types of settings, including urban ministry and rural
ministry within the United States, and service in Latin
The Rosemont Community Church in Tucson, Ariz.,
will host students as they work with inner city residents in
an after-school tutoring program, a homeless shelter and a
soup kitchen. In East Palo Alto, Calif., students will be
working with Bayshore Christian Ministries, a year-round
ministries program, to help at-risk children. Christ
Community Church in Pompano Beach, Fla., offers students a
chance to practice evangelism in the community.
In Annville, Ky., students will be taken in by
Jackson County Ministries as they as they help with housing
repair in the community. Walker, Ky., is another
destination for students, who will be working with the Lend-
A-Hand Center to help with local farming. In Louisiana,
students will team with Dulac Community Cooperation to make
several local improvements.
Students heading to Newark, N.J., will work with
World Impact, an inner city ministry, to tutor children and
offer some retail training to residents. The New Life
Fellowship in Queens, N.Y., offers students a chance to
participate in urban ministry in a diverse church. Apache,
Okla., and the Apache Reformed Church will host students as
they work with Native Americans of all ages.
Sunshine Ministries in Loysville, Pa., allows
students to help in the day-to-day operations of a
rehabilitation center for recovering substance abuse
victims. Philadelphia, Pa., offers students a chance to
work with the Center for Student Missions to volunteer in
food and clothing pantries as well as with after-school
programs for at-risk children. Students traveling to the
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota will help with
several neighborhood improvement projects on the
With Service Over Self in Memphis, Tenn., students
will provide home improvement assistance to families in the
community, including with children, the elderly and the
homeless, or at a food bank. The Center for Student
Missions in Nashville, Tenn., gives students a chance to
assist in all facets of ministry to the community.
Students going to Clincho, Va., will partner with
McClure River Valley Community Development to offer home
improvement assistance to area residents. Psalm 23 Camp in
Gap Mills, W.Va. welcomes students to help with repairs at
the camp and throughout the community. The last domestic
destination for the Campus Ministries trips is Washington,
D.C., where students will partner with the Center for
Student Missions to work in shelters and soup kitchens.
Six groups of Hope students will head to Latin
America through the Campus Ministries program this year.
Students heading to the Dominican Republic will team with
the World-Wide Christian Schools HANDS Team to build and
repair schools for the country's young children. Young Life
Leaders from Hope will also be going to the Dominican
Republic, to lend a hand with work projects and worship.
Students going to Honduras will live with Garifuna families
while learning about Bible translation. Students will
connect with the residents of four villages in Chiapas,
Mexico. Students headed to Tijuana, Mexico, will team up
with La Rocca, a program designed to help the city's poor.
They will offer their talents for activities such as
ministering to local children or volunteering at a food
bank. A trip to Nicaragua will allow pre-medical and
nursing students a chance to help by making home visits to
give immunizations to the poor, and teach them about proper
nutrition for their families.
The students involved in Hope's chapter of Habitat
for Humanity will travel to Valdosta, Ga., to work through
the "Collegiate Challenge" program of Habitat for Humanity
International. They will join college students from around
the country in helping the Valdosta-Lowndes County Habitat
for Humanity affiliate, working on five houses. The work
will be in preparation for the Jimmy Carter Work Project in
June, of which Valdosta-Lowndes is one of the hosts. The
Hope chapter has participated in several trips since its
founding in 1993.
For the seventh straight year, a group of Hope
students and Dr. Smith will be working on the campus of the
Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf in Montego Bay,