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Spring Break Mission/Service Trips

Three groups of students and faculty/staff chaperones engaged in service and mission trips during Mars Hill University’s recent spring break, March 8-16.

Miami PicMiami, FL

Christian Student Ministry (CSM), through Campus Ministry, planned a Spring Break Trip to Miami working with Touching Miami with Love (TML). TML’s primary focus is Overtown, a small inner-city community of 12,000 people in the midst of metropolitan Miami-Dade (2.3 million). This area is often cited as the poorest community in the State of Florida. TML offers an after school program for those in grades K-12 who struggle with academics. Eight students and two chaperones assisted children in the classrooms with their homework and specific problem subjects, organized and filed all of the teaching supplies, built a room, and picked up trash on the playground and along the streets surrounding TML.

 

Terrier Rouge, Haiti

Haiti Pic LifeWorks Center for Community Engagement coordinated a second annual trip to Esperance & Vie (Hope & Life) in Terrier Rouge, Haiti. Seven students and two chaperones purchased and distributed food for 400 families in remote mountain villages, distributed toothbrushes to 200 children, assisted with the construction of a new high school building, and supported micro-finance projects in Northeast Haiti. The Mars Hill team also taught music, art, Spanish and ethics to students at St. Barthelemy School. The Mars Hill students studied their own definition and continual re-definition of poverty during their immersion experience.

 

Img 2654Charleston, SC

For the 2014 First Year Bonner Leadership and Service Trip to Charleston, SC, 17 students and 2 chaperones studied homelessness, hunger, and environmental issues by volunteering at the Lowcountry Foodbank, doing fundraising for Crisis Ministries of Charleston, and working with wildlife preservation at Camp Romain National Wildlife Refuge. The students accomplished a great deal! They reclaimed over 6000 pounds of food, packed food for 800 children and 170 seniors, raised $600 for the meal program at Crisis Ministries, completed trails and pathways through the Preservation, and aided in a Sea Turtle rescue program.