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".
- Chicago, Illinois – Women only
A portion of this trip will be dedicated to serving in an after-school program, SafePlace, that is committed to loving those who are at risk in the community. They do this by providing holistic, God centered-oriented programs and by functioning as a bridge for the community to the local church for the purpose of growth and multiplied reconciliation.
*This is an all-female trip.
“I believe this trip re-lit a fire in me for kids. Because of this trip, I am hoping to someday possibly work with kids.” —Emily Gaddis ’16
- 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
- New Orleans, Louisiana
Theme: NOLA History and God: A Tradition of Resilience
New Orleans has a rich yet complex legacy. Catholics and Protestants. Rich and poor. Democrat and Republican. Yankee and Southerner. Everyone is welcome, which is wonderful, but the other side of the city's story is riddled with oppression, corruption and neglect, oftentimes with Christian or religious undertones. With jazz and partying as its calling cards, somehow, someway, through tragedies like Hurricane Katrina, its people have continued to embody a spirited sense of resilience and unity.
We will hopefully spend much of our time in the Lower 9th Ward, and otherwise visiting places like Musicians Village, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, Canal Street Church and the Whitney Plantation. In preparation for the trip, during the fall of 2017, I will host a few gatherings where those interested can learn more about New Orleans with films like When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts and If God is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise. Students may stay in guest housing at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary or somewhere close to the French Quarter if it isn't too costly.
This is a new trip that will be led by Chaplain of Discipleship James Ellis.
- 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
- Washington, D.C. — Emmaus Scholars Only
This trip is available to Emmaus Scholars only.
“I was allowed to sit in the brokenness of the world — a brokenness that we don’t often get to see and touch in the same ways at Hope.” —Christin Bothe ’17
“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
- 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