CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 2, 2016 — Students involved in Catholic Campus Ministry and Ignite at Southeast Missouri State University will be trading surf and sun for good deeds and serving communities in need during spring break week March 14-18.
Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) students will be taking part in a mission trip, working alongside the Missionaries of Charity. They will be servicing the poor and homeless in south Chicago.
“This will be a weeklong immersion program, where our students will experience firsthand the life of missionary charity and service through consecrated religious life,” said Deacon Thomas Schumer, director of Catholic Campus Ministry. “Students will pray and serve together, all while experiencing life much different from their own.”
Southeast junior nursing major Seth Robert of Cape Girardeau says, “I want to go on this mission trip because it’s an opportunity to live out the Christian call to serve others, especially the poor. It’s a time to get away from school and work and just spend time focusing on sharing Christ’s love. Some like to go on a trip to the beach or some type of vacation, but I always view this as an opportunity to sacrifice that up for those who may need me, who need to know that God loves them. And to be able to be that sign to people is reason enough for me. My hope for every mission trip is to be able to impact the life of other’s for the good of Christ and share with them what I’ve experienced from Him. I hope to also build upon my own faith and relationship with Christ and just live out the Christian mission to serve.”
Volunteering during Spring Break is nothing new for CCM. Students in the organization have the opportunity to spend each of their spring breaks serving a different community in need. Last year, the organization traveled to LifeHouse Crisis Maternity Home in Springfield, Missouri. In 2013, students spent time in Haiti, where they volunteered and served children living in an orphanage.
“This service trip is a reality check, reminding me of the true needs in our world. My true happiness exists insofar as the other is truly happy,” says senior Kali Essner of Cape Girardeau, and Catholic Campus Ministry member. “I have chosen to go on an alternative spring break service trip because it is my duty and desire to care for those who are less fortunate than I. Working together with young, college students to serve those in need is a rewarding experience for both the people being served and those serving.”
Students involved in Ignite will volunteer with Service over Self (SOS) in Memphis, Tennessee. While there, they will provide home repair for families in need during the day as well as partake in worship activities in the evening.
Ignite students will leave on Sunday, March 13, and return Friday, March 18. Cost of the trip is $325, which covers lodging, food and supplies for roofing.
“We enjoy and look forward to participating in this mission opportunity in Memphis, Tennessee, over spring break for two primary reasons. One is that students are able to invest in something outside of themselves and see the power of God’s Kingdom at work in the world today while experiencing a different and unfamiliar culture. There is much to learn beyond what can be absorbed in a classroom and connecting with people we don’t normally spend time with is a great environment to learn,” said Jeffery Waters, Ignite college pastor. “We also get to experience the blessing of someone’s life being improved by having a safe and dry roof over their heads which gives them a sense of pride and security. Their gratitude and friendship is very powerful in our lives.”
“People say, “Time is money.” I believe that time is worth more than money, because you cannot get it back. You cannot earn the amount of time in your life unlike money, but it is a gift to you from God,” says sophomore Annaka Goodson, an Ignite member from Jackson, Missouri. “I believe that God has also given me the ability to create things with my hands. I enjoy using my talents and the time that God gave me to help people, show them love and to serve God. God usually shows me something new about Him, His children and/or myself. When I went last year, it got me out of my normal routine and opened my eyes in a new way. Also, I enjoy helping other people when I can. This is why I enjoyed going to Memphis last spring break, and this is also the reason why I am looking forward to going again.”
This is the second year Ignite students will have the opportunity to participate in mission trips over spring break. Previously, Ignite students have volunteered in places such as North Carolina, Peru, Ukraine, Mexico, Guatemala and Russia during the summer.
For more information on the CCM trip to Chicago, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (573) 335-3899. For more information on the Ignite trip to Memphis, email email@example.com or call (573) 339-0302.