Several locations are available for spring break immersion trips.
“I love that Hope calls them ‘Immersion Trips’ because we were immersed in every way possible. I learned more than ever that God uses broken people to advance his kingdom. When I felt the weakest, He shows up the most. I can trust him because he is the strong and faithful one.” —Rachel Gillespie ’19
Spring Break Domestic Trips
- Austin, Texas
You are invited to join a group of students to see first hand the power of community. We will work along side the Mobile Loaves & Fishes Ministry. You will have the opportunity to have your hearts, minds and hands be engaged with learning the meaning of "home."
Mobile Loaves & Fishes began when five parishioners of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Austin, Texas, boldly answered God’s call to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Alan Graham and his friends began delivering meals out of the back of a minivan to men and women they found living on the streets. Graham readily admits that the group’s original approach for serving the homeless had some flaws, but with the help of a formerly homeless man they perfected the model that Mobile Loaves & Fishes successfully uses today.
Complementing its truck ministry, Mobile Loaves & Fishes is also the visionary behind Austin’s innovative Community First! Village — a 27-acre master planned development that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. Additionally, Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ Community Works program provides micro-enterprise opportunities that enable formerly homeless men and women to earn a dignified income, develop new skills and cultivate enduring relationships as they take part in a restorative journey home.
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This is a new trip shifting the paradigm in understanding what it means to be "home".
- Denver, Colorado
Theme: Poverty and Urban Ministry
Mile High Ministries envisions a city where families are transcending poverty, in part because churches and faith communities are helping in ways that are genuinely helpful and empowering. It is a city where communities are being led by those who were once labeled as least, last and lost. This vision draws its inspiration from scripture, which provides the breathtaking image of a city where those who were once poor now prosper, where children are no longer doomed to misfortune, and where unlikely partners live and work together in peace. This trip will include flights for travel rather than solely ground transportation.
“My faith was challenged and grew throughout the trip as a witness to such poverty and social injustice.” —Katerina Buck ’17
- East Palo Alto, California
Theme: Education in Urban Ministry
Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM) has been impacting the youth and families in the East Palo Alto community for 25 years. As a part of this team, you will have an opportunity to work with a full-time, year round, urban ministry that focuses on the youth of the community — their spiritual growth and their education. Through classroom visits at local schools, participating in the BCM tutoring program and hearing from leaders in education from the community, you will explore the ways that race and economics are impacting access to an quality education in this country — and what Christians are called to do about it. This trip will include flights for travel rather than solely ground transportation.
“My faith expanded by realizing, in more ways than one, how big of a God we serve. He works through every culture, every language and every socioeconomic status.” —Karyn Schmidt ’18
- Nashville, Tennessee
Theme: Urban Ministry, Homelessness, Housing and Food
You are invited to come be a part of the work God is doing in Nashville by working alongside and supporting the efforts of people doing long-term ministry here, learning and gaining an understanding of the issues in Nashville, and being available to God and the opportunities placed before you. You will have opportunity to engage with staff and community members during the week.
“I was given the opportunity to recognize that everyone has a story no matter what their ethnicity or economic status. We are all brothers and sisters and we are called to love one another no matter what the circumstance.” —Rachel Wightman ’19
- Orlando, Florida
Theme: Community Development ABCD Model
When most folks hear “Orlando” they think of multiple theme parks and high end vacations. While that is true it is also true that Orlando is a fascinating city with lots of ethnic and economic diversity. During our time in Orlando, we will immerse into an African American community. This trip has a strong emphasis on assessment development, understanding the difference between relief and development, immersion in a new culture, personal growth and forming a community. We also have a “fun day” planned either to the beach or some fresh water springs. It should be a ton of fun as well as impactful.
Our ministry partner is Kaley Square Ministry. Their mission statement is “To cultivate a place of hope, connection and growth that equips youth for leading a thriving community.” It is led by Demetrius Summerville who will be serving alongside us as we seek to impact individuals and the neighborhood.
The church is a large facility with plenty of space to house a large group. Students will need to bring their own bedding and air mattress if desired.
“I grew in understanding God’s perfect creation through my peers and student leaders. They changed my life and my outlook on justice, faith and love.” —Linnea Hjelm ’18
- Princeville, North Carolina
Theme: Disaster Response & Rehabilitation
World Renew is responding to disasters around the world. Often those who are already living in poverty are vulnerable when disaster strikes. Princeville, North Carolina, has a history of flooding, and many of the homes are still in need of repair. Students can demonstrate God’s love in a real and tangible way by serving with World Renew in the Princeville community working on home restoration projects.
“I was able to experience a life in which I was fully immersed in prayer and God’s presence 24/7. It was a time of revival for my personal journey with God because I was simply filled with overflowing joy witnessing all his power and goodness. He took the broken pieces of our group and wove them together in order to further his kingdom in the Dominican Republic.” —Lindsey Gryniewicz ’17
Spring Break International Trips
- Costa Rica
Theme: Relational and Occupational Ministry
Students International (SI) serves in Costa Rica with long term missionaries partnering with local communities, whose mission is to bring students and the poor together cross-culturally to encounter God, share the Good News, disciple and serve others in occupational ministries. During the week-long outreach students will live with a host family and be placed at one of SI's various occupational ministry sites. This trip is focused on relationships and is meant to be a cultural, learning and growing experience. Spanish language skills can be useful but are not necessary!
- Mandeville, Jamaica
Theme: Caribbean Christian Centre for the deaf (CCCD)
The Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf is a ministry that cares for the deaf of Jamaica. CCCD strives to nourish the next generation of Christian leaders by instilling students with a firm foundation of education, language skills, vocational mentoring, and encouragement in their faith journey. CCCD promotes participation in the Gospel through worship, outreach, and community. Students on this trip will have the opportunity to learn and use sign language as they interact and build relationships with CCCD students. They will also immerse themselves in Jamaican culture through day excursions throughout the week.
- Villa Mella, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Theme: Community and Church Development
TIME has been partnering with national pastors and churches to change lives and bring hope through construction projects and discipleship programs. Whether you’re helping build a new church for villagers, or personally connecting one-on-one with nationals, we guarantee it will be an experience you will never forget.
“My faith was expanded through hearing testimonies of both our group and those of some of the people. It made me see just how huge God really is.” —Andrew Rot ’18