More than 100 students, faculty and staff prepare to volunteer over spring break
As spring break approaches, students at Olivet Nazarene University prepare to travel around the United States and into the world to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through Missions In Action (M.I.A.) trips, students are given the opportunity to serve and be in community with individuals from all over the world.
Trips happening during the upcoming spring break March 9-17, 2019, are:
Students will travel to the beautiful colonial city of Antigua and work with Mission Impact. Mission Impact has been working in Guatemala since 2004, and their purpose is “that God would be glorified by our lives and ministries as we work to build His Kingdom in Guatemala through various long-term projects focused on making disciples of Jesus Christ.” The team will be learning about community development, and participating in Guatemalan-led ministries, working to improve lives of people in sustainable ways.
Students will travel to Honduras with Olivet MIA’s partnering organization, Footsteps Missions, to work with the children of the Garden of Love and Hope. The Garden is an economic orphanage that provides supplementary education, bible classes, meals, mentoring, Godly examples of leadership, and love to support and sustain impoverished children in the beautiful mountain town of Santa Barbara. The team will also help with business training at the new community center that features a coffee shop and pizza cafe.
Students will travel to the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago to partner with Chicago City Life Center. The team will work to encourage children, youth and teachers within the Chicago Public Schools through mentoring, tutoring, and sports ministry, as well as do work projects around the Chicago City Life Center. The community of Englewood experiences poverty and the prevalence of neighborhood and domestic violence add to the struggle to grow and succeed. Olivet students will build relationships and encourage residents with the love of Jesus and hope for their futures.
Cactus Nazarene Ministry Center, located in Cactus, Texas, is a compassionate ministry center which serves 20+ nationalities/ethnicities who are primarily immigrants and refugees from around the world. The ministry center provides ESL classes, legal assistance, health clinics, after-school programming, sports ministries, community gardens, citizenship classes, and more. CNMC offers the message of hope of Christ and empower people to live successful lives and be leaders. This Cactus Texas MIA team will work at CNMC, helping in their various ministries.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Students will be travel to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to work with Dayspring International Church of the Nazarene, Hialeah Good Shepherd Church of the Nazarene and Faith Church of the Nazarene. The teams will be working with youth, participating in outreach events, and helping the churches with several work projects.
Students will travel to the east side of Indianapolis, Indiana, to Shepherd Community Center, where they will work with inner-city youth that live with generational poverty, lack of education, and poor home environments. The team will encourage them to continue in school and bring them hope for their futures through sharing Jesus Christ, mentoring them and helping them find their strengths.
To learn more about Missions in Action at Olivet, contact the Office of at Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-648-1463.
Photos submitted from past trips and used with permission.