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
Domestic Spring Break Trips
- 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 over 25 years through relational and holistic ministry. Students will have an opportunity to work with full-time staff in urban ministry that focuses on the youth of the community — their spiritual growth and their education.
“I was reminded of how big our God is. I saw this through the Redwood trees, a random group of Hope College students loving each other and the people around them, and an organization that is wholeheartedly serving the Lord. I was also reminded that when we ask God to reveal himself and his plans for our life, he doesn't always reveal himself in the way we expect. And even when we don't understand why or where God is, part of having faith is trusting his plans and his presence.” —Julia Wilson ’21
- Denver, Colorado
Theme: Poverty and Urban Ministry
Mile High Ministries envisions a city where families are transcending poverty. It is a city where communities are being led by those who were once marginalized. Students will have an opportunity to learn and serve daily in the city of Denver with various Christian ministries that are engaging and offering hope in the Denver area.
“I am now more aware of others around me and more certain of my faith. It also instilled a desire within me to share the hope that I have and to show God's love to those around me.” —Haley Balkema ’21
- 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
- Greek Team Only – Sibs & Emmys
- Theme: Learning and service trip
- 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
- Tarboro and 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. Tarboro and Princeville, North Carolina, share 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.
- 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
- Montego Bay, Jamaica
Theme: Empowering the Jamaica deaf 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 ’22
- 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!