Spring Break Missions
Clubs plan to reach out through service
By Charity Regennitter — Panther Press
Presidents Sarah Stoutzenberger and Kyle Renz represent Omega Phi and Kingsmen this year. These two brother and sister clubs will be going to Denver, CO, over Spring Break to volunteer at a food bank. Much of the work done on the trip will involve packaging food and distributing it to those who arrive; however, prayer will prove to be another important job. The clubs intend to pray with anyone who comes in.
“This is a very powerful way to minister and make connections,” says Sarah Stoutzenberger.
The work being done will go toward credit at the national food bank distributor in Colorado. The credit earned will then be relayed to a localized food bank in Denver. This local food bank, His Hands Ministries, serves 300 families per week. This will be the first mission trip for Kingsmen and Omega Phi in several years. Members are excited to be involved in one this year.
“We are expecting it to bring our clubs closer, as we serve in a way that is outside our reality,” adds Sarah.
The trip is not limited to only Omega Phi and Kingsmen members; all individuals on campus are welcome to be involved. Those interested should contact Sarah or Kyle.
Maegan Simpson and Quin Johnson are this year’s Beta Beta Sigma and AXE presidents. Both clubs will be traveling to Camp Eagle in Rock Springs, TX, to help prepare for future youth group visits and retreats. The mission will involve caring for 1400 acres of property, which provides a lot of opportunities to work. There will be a variety of jobs to be done to prepare for the camp's visitors; rocks and debris will need to be removed from open areas in the camp; trail maintenance, like removing rocks that could potentially damage tires during mountain biking or pose a danger during hiking; and cutting tree limbs that are in the way. The cabins will also be cleaned in preparation for the summer youth group visits.
The trip is an opportunity to aid a Christian organization. Its youth outreach helps teens grow closer to Christ. Camp Eagle is particularly special, because the Christian organization owns all 1400 acres and is run “full time by 14 people who live on campus two hours from any other civilization,” says Maegan Simpson. “They are working very hard every day trying to keep up with 1400 acres and only having 14 sets of hands to do it all! They deserve as much help as they can get.”
This Texas trip is also open to anyone who would like to go; students do not need to be a part of Beta or AXE to join in aiding Camp Eagle.
President Elicia Hebrink says Theta Psi is once again going on a trip this year, following up with their work for Dry Bones in Denver last year which they attended together with their brother club, Sigma Tau. For 2010, the goal is to travel to Nashville, TN, together with Delta Chi Alpha (President Chelsea Mayer), to work with inner city kids over Spring Break. They will be hosting a camp in Vacation Bible School style, using crafts, puppet shows, classes, and more.
Both Theta Psi and Delta have gone on previous trips before which inspired, in part, the trip this year. Along with Theta's trip to Denver with Dry Bones, Delta has been to Tuba City to help clean and maintain the area, as well as Texas last year to help clear trash and belongings in the wreckage from the hurricane.
“We feel it's important, as a service club, to give back and give to those less fortunate than us” says Chelsea Mayer.
Why Theta and Delta? “We found out our brother club didn't have enough spaces available for their Denver trip,” says Elicia Hebrink, “so Theta and Delta decided to take a trip together.” The trip was open for all students on campus, but only club members have signed up.
“We wanted to do something to help others,” Elicia adds. She hopes the trip will also strengthen relationships and the spiritual journeys of those involved.
Matthew 25:40 says, “'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'” Matthew 25:40