Spring Break Missions

Social clubs plan trips of service

By Caleb Rush

One of the greatest highlights of second semester almost anywhere you go is a student’s spring break vacation.  Here at York College, the tradition is no different.  However, setting us apart from many other institutions is the variety of trips that occur.  It’s not just a holiday where students return home to be with their families—although that’s part of it—but, for many, it’s an opportunity to be involved in mission work.

Heading to Denver for the break will be 12 members of the Sigma Tau and Theta Psi service clubs.  They will be working downtown with the inner-city mission, Dry Bones. 

The clubs connected with the program after Sigma Tau Service Coordinator Mark Smesrud took the youth group he interned with this past summer on a mission trip there.  The mission is specifically designed to minister teens and young adults who live on the city streets by distributing food, establishing relationships through conversation and prayer, and providing Bible studies. 

Having been greatly impacted by his first experience, Smesrud was anxious to share this opportunity with his peers.

“This is a very good opportunity to get ourselves outside our comfort zone. In York we don't generally experience many different demographics of people. In Denver we will get to see lifestyles and life-situations completely different from our own. We will also be able to take Christ's love to those who have not experienced much love in their own lives. It will be a powerful experience for everyone involved.”

Four more clubs will be leaving for mission work over the break; however, they will be traveling to the southern city of High Island, TX.  Various members from the service clubs of Delta Chi Alpha, Kyodai, Alpha Chi Epsilon, and Beta Beta Sigma will make up the 25-member crew making the 900-mile trek.

Helping organize the trip is Kyodai President Mason Lee.  To get involved, he simply made a phone call to a local church there and asked if they would be interested in having help.  Clearly, the church was more than welcoming.

While there, the clubs will be helping with removing debris from recent hurricanes as well as helping people rebuild their communities, while creating new personal relationships.  Lee is positive this will be an impacting trip both for those they come in contact with and for those going.

“This is the first time that four clubs have combined for a mission trip,” says Lee.  “I think it says a lot about the unity of our campus when clubs can come together to help those in need.  I think the mission trip will be a great success and that God will be glorified in the work that we will be doing.”

Prays are needed for the safe travel of all those who will be traveling this spring break and especially for God’s love to be seen by the work of His children.

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