On Spring Break, Asbury Students Grow and Serve – Asbury University
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March 14, 2016

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Asbury students prepare to leave for the Spring Break Justice Trip to Chicago, Ill.

Halfway through the semester, Asbury University students are taking a well-deserved breather with Spring Break. Some are catching up on sleep, some are visiting family, and, yes, some are enjoying balmy weather at the beach. Spring Break isn’t all fun and games, though — in true Asbury style, many students are also challenging themselves to learn, grow and serve. Here are just a few of the places Asbury students are making the most of their break.

Camden, N.J. 

Together, New Hope International Ministries and The Salvation Army student centers are leading students in a service trip to Camden, N.J., where students will assist with the ongoing work of The Salvation Army’s Mission House in Camden. Work will include volunteering with the Neighborhood Bible Club, neighborhood and Mission House cleanup, fellowship programs, a neighborhood feeding program and homeless ministries. “One of the most challenging aspects of our program in Camden will be the task of going into the community and purchasing one meal for $1.25, the average funds that most individual have on any given day when they live at or below poverty level,” said Maj. Janice Fitzgerald, co-director of The Salvation Army Student Center at Asbury. “For many students, this will be out of their comfort zone — but isn’t that the purpose of this trip?”

Chicago, Ill.

Led by Kaylyn Moran ’10, resident director of Glide-Crawford, a team of students are serving in South Chicago with Mission Year, an organization directed by alumnus Shawn Casselberry ’98. Students will visit the DuSable Museum of African America History, participate in Solidarity Day — a small experience of what it might be like to be homeless on the streets of Chicago — and hear from various speakers who work for justice in the inner-city. Additionally, students will work at Roseland Christian Reformed Church, volunteering with the food pantry and thrift store, and several students will shoot and edit short promotional videos for the ministry center.

San José, Costa Rica

With Assistant Director of Campus Ministries Jeannie Banter, students are travelling to San José, Costa Rica, to work with exploited men, women, and children.  Partnering with Face of Justice Ministries, they will visit orphanages to serve children, participate in construction work and minister on the streets to men and women who are actively involved in the human trafficking industry. “On this trip, human trafficking becomes more than a good cause to stand up against — it becomes real,” Banter said. “No longer can you be silent about the exploitation of men, women, and children. God is on the move in Costa Rica, and we are excited to partner where the Spirit is moving.”

Germany and Poland 

With Dr. Paul Nesselroade, director of Asbury’s Psychology program, students are exploring human dignity in Germany and Poland. Visiting important Holocaust Sites in Berlin, Germany and Krakow, Poland — as well as many other human dignity-focused activities — students consider what it means to be made in the image of God. “It has everything to do with how you think about humans, and whether you see them as having been designed,” Nesselroade said after last year’s trip. “We, and we alone, have the image of God […] and recognize that we have a job to do making the world a better place. That’s the larger story I want students wrestling with.”

Florida and Texas

Touring as the Asbury Worship Collective, a group of Worship Arts majors are spending their Spring Break leading worship in various venues from Florida to Texas. Already having produced a live album recording earlier this semester, the Asbury Worship Collective is touring with the mission of using the arts to bring people into a closer relationship with Jesus. While on tour, the band will also raise funds for a Worship Arts mission trip to Malawi this summer. “I’m looking forward to getting to know people in my major better and spending quality time together,” said Worship Arts major Sarah Grace Bloyd ’17. “My prayer is that during this trip, we will be the best reflection of Jesus that we can possibly be.”


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