Thu, Feb 10 2011
LeTourneau University students are gearing up to travel around the globe and around the nation to serve others during their March 14-18 week of spring break.
“Many of our students fulfill our ‘every workplace, every nation’ mission by serving in their area of expertise and familiarity, such as our pilots and aviation mechanics serving with mission aviation groups,” said LETU Chaplain Harold Carl. “Others stretch themselves and go and serve in very unfamiliar territory. But no matter where they serve, they do it because they love people, and they love the Lord. These mission trips are often the place where those meet.”
Gary Hill, who is the student vice president for LeTourneau Student Ministries, is a junior ministry management and leadership major who coordinates the many details of the mission trips.
“We have such a diverse group of students, along with faculty and staff chaperones, going on our trips this year with a variety of opportunities to serve,” Hill said. “We even have a care group team going solely to cook and care for one of our teams at their destination site. They truly have a servant’s heart.”
Most of the groups will leave on Friday, March 11, and return Sunday, March 20.
One group of students is leaving a few days earlier and will travel for the first time on a spring break trip to Cambodia where they plan to learn more about human trafficking so they can return to their home communities to raise awareness of this growing tragedy.
Stateside, students will serve in the following locations:
Kykotsmovi, Arizona – Students will spend a week at a Hopi Mission School on a Hopi Indian reservation to do construction, ministry and outreach.
Robbinsville, North Carolina (The Master’s Mission) – Students will spend the week doing general construction and learning how this missionary training facility works.
Elkhart, Indiana – Students will travel to HCJB Global Technology Center to be directly involved in the development of technology for mass media ministry. They will meet with engineers and technicians to learn about the development of technology that impacts the world for Christ.
Ephriam, Utah (TriGrace Ministries) – Students will partner with a college ministry and reach across cultural borders as they share Christ.
South Padre Island, Texas (Beach Reach) – Students will participate in “Beach Reach,” a ministry to partying college students who drink alcohol, providing them with safe transportation to cut down on DWI accidents, along with sharing the Gospel message and offering free pancake breakfasts.
Coshocton, Ohio (MMS) – Students interested in aviation maintenance will travel to MMS Aviation where they will be directly involved in assisting with maintenance, modification, and repair of missionary aircraft.
Waxhaw, North Carolina (JAARS) – Students with a desire to serve in the mission field will travel to JAARS, a mission aviation center where the students will be involved with the repair and maintenance of missionary aircraft.
LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christian university located in Longview, Texas, offering academic majors in aeronautical science, business, education, engineering, health care, the humanities and sciences. LeTourneau University also offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs for working adults online and at educational centers in Austin, Bedford, Dallas, Houston and Tyler.
Claiming every workplace in every nation as its mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life’s work as a holy calling with eternal impact.