OCU Students Serve Over Spring Break
Last week, OCU students packed their bags and left campus for Spring Break. 12 of these students were headed for Trinidad and Tobago and 8 others to Dearborn, MI to spend their break serving others.
The group going to Trinidad and Tobago went as part of GO International's "The Great Spring Break" which was designed to take college students overseas and give them the opportunity to serve on the mission field while pouring into them spiritually. The group spent the week doing ministry, discipleship and loving on the people of the island. They were able to go to a youth prison, elderly home, a men's drug rehabilitation center, an orphanage and several schools. They traveled to one or two of these places at the beginning of each day to put on a program then spend time getting to know the people. In the afternoon, they went to a Hindu village where they put on a vacation bible school program for 40 children. The team also assisted in various construction projects and worshiped with the local church.
"It was an amazing trip," said Allyson Jones, a Sophomore Early Childhood Education major. "We got to do so much, but we also got the chance to relax at times and just take personal time with God and get re-energized."
The students are already looking forward to next year's Great Spring Break Trip to Ireland.
The group going to Dearborn, MI went as part of a World Gospel Mission trip to do outreach to Muslims with Angel House Ministries. Going to the largest Middle Eastern population in North America, the students felt like they were in a different country. 93% of the area where they stayed are Muslims.
"God has given our students an amazing opportunity to learn more about the Muslim faith and how to reach out to them with the love of Jesus," said Andrea Williamson, OCU Student Involement Director for World Gospel Mission.
The team was able to teach English to men and women and help Angel House Ministries get their new building ready to begin holding classes. They took several classes on topics such as contextualization and women in Islam. They also visited a mosque where they had a Q & A Session with it's leader.
"All of these experiences have given us a more firm understanding of what Christianity is facing and how much the grace of God truly means," said Ethan Allen, a Junior Disaster Management & Relief major.