Organizations Offer Students Alternative Spring Break Trips

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 11, 2010 – For many students, spring break is a time to head south for a week on the beach or return home to relax from the stresses of school.  Some students, however, take advantage of the break to help the less fortunate through missions.Organizations like Catholic Campus Ministry and IGNITE at Southeast Missouri State University are offering students alternative spring break trips next week, March 15-19.Catholic Campus Ministry has invited students to participate in a mission March 14-19 in Chicago.  Twelve students along with the Rev. Patrick Nwokoye and Campus Minister Kristen Rainey will spend their time in Chicago helping with an inner-city youth program and the renovation of the parish convent at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels.  When they are not volunteering at the after-school youth program, they will be busy painting and doing small construction work at the convent.  It may sound like a lot of workᾰand it isᾰbut that does not mean the students won’t have fun.  The Southeast Baptist Student Union is offering a mission trip for 10 to 20 students to work with Oasis International March 13-20 in St. Louis.  Oasis International is a Christian organization that helps refugees who arrive in St. Louis from all over the world by helping provide items like furniture, household items and clothing.  The students will help the organization by collecting, processing and delivering donations and by preparing the Oasis’ farm for planting and planting the crops that can be planted at that time. “Hopefully students will see the value in giving their time, energy and effort into helping impact the lives of others,” Campus Missionary Eric Barb said.  “Ultimately it is our goal for the students to have a sense of accomplishment, to know they have done a small part in fulfilling the Great Commission. Our goal is for students to show their love for God through their service to him and to our ‘neighbors’ in St. Louis.”