“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
Domestic Spring Break Trips
- Baltimore, Maryland
Grace Fellowship Church offers students a multitude of opportunities to serve the community. This team will travel to Baltimore, Maryland, and will walk alongside Grace Fellowship in their various outreach programs including but not limited to: Grace Kids, helping with infants to 5th graders; Grace Students, working with middle and high school students; and Grace Disabilities, serving kids, students and adults with special needs.
- Chicago, Illinois
The Roseland Community “Good News” Daycare Center is located in Roseland, a neighborhood in the southside of Chicago. The daycare services children of low-income, single mothers who are either working or going to school. During our week in Roseland, the group will be working in the daycare providing the kids with experiences that would otherwise not be available to them as well as serving the community through various outreach projects.
See the team in action
- Orlando, Florida
Theme: Christian Community and Development
Kaley Square Ministry is located in Holden Heights, a racially diverse, low-income community a mile south of the beautiful downtown. This trip has a strong emphasis on assessment-based community development, immersion in a new culture, personal growth and forming a Christian community. Students will have the opportunity to meet and learn from community leaders and engage in some restoration projects.
“By hearing each other’s testimonies and faith journeys, I was able to see the Lord at work in miraculous ways in the lives of my peers. By meeting and interacting with people in the communities we served in, I was able to see how the love of Jesus trumps any worldly hardship.” —Nina McAlvey ’20
- Nashville, Tennessee
Theme: Urban Ministry
Center for Student Missions (CSM) will assist students to learn and gain an understanding of the issues in Nashville. Students will get a glimpse of the unique work that God is doing in Nashville. This trip is an up close view of the front line of urban ministry. Students will see what the community members face and walk alongside and support the efforts of people doing long term ministry.
“Everybody was so on fire for Jesus, and the different things we did during the week allowed us to see how God can work in a variety of different settings.” —Caleb Tallquist ’20
- New Bern, North Carolina
Theme: Disaster Response & Rehabilitation
World Renew is responding to disasters around the world. Hurricane Florence was a unique storm. It made landfall, swung south, and then circled back to the areas it had already hit. The town of New Bern, in eastern North Carolina, and several surrounding counties received more than 12 hours of sustained, hurricane-force winds during the storm. With over 4,000 homes in New Bern and more than 10,500 households registered for assistance with FEMA, the need for work teams to assist families who were uninsured or underinsured will go on for years. Students can demonstrate God’s love in a real and tangible way by serving with World Renew in the New Bern community working on home restoration projects.
- Austin, Texas
Shifting the paradigm in understanding what it means to be “home.”
Mobile Loaves and Fishes Ministry offers students firsthand the experience and power of community. Students will stay at 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. Students will have the opportunity to have their hearts, minds and hands be engaged with learning the meaning of “home.”
“My view of God and the love he has for his people has expanded incredibly through this trip. I got to see the way that he cares for the least of these and was encouraged by the strength of the faith of individuals that have nothing but God.” —Ellen Smith ’21
International Spring Break Trips
- Dominican Republic
THeme: Community and Church development
TIME Ministries has been partnering with national pastors and churches to change lives and bring hope to local communities in the Dominican Republic. Students will have the opportunity to connect one-on-one with the community as they serve and help build a chapel for a local community. Students will also have the opportunity to see how God is working in the Dominican Republic through a medical outreach unit. This trip will provide a great opportunity for students to practice Spanish; however, eager English speakers are welcome.
“I loved forming relationships with the Dominicans I met through TIME Ministries. Hearing their testimonies was empowering and opened my eyes to see how big and universal our God is. It was amazing to see how there are many cultural differences between the DR and the US, yet we all serve the same God and He has been at work in many ways.” —Rachel Netz ’21
- Mandeville, Jamaica
Theme: Empowering the Jamaica Deaf Adult Population
Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (CCCD) 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. Students on this trip will have the opportunity to learn and serve along with immersing in Jamaican culture through day excursions throughout the week.
“I was able to see God's love through the people and God's beauty through creation.” —Darlene Horn
- Montego Bay, JamaicaArkies/Del Phis and Emmys/Sibs
Theme: Education for the Deaf marginalized population
The Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf (CCCD) 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.
“I was able to see God’s love through the people and God’s beauty through creation.” —Darlene Horn ’22