Written by Carolyn Fairbanks. Digital Media by Jessica Sturgeon.
Spring break is just around the corner and Greenville College students are taking advantage of the time off with some great mission trips. This spring break, the Mission and Outreach Department is hosting mission trips to New Orleans and Northern Ireland. Eric Watterson and Gale Heideman will lead the New Orleans trip through the EFCA’s program Touch Global. Students will be doing hurricane relief work as well as community outreach events. The Northern Ireland trip is with the organization Adventure Leadership Training (ATL). Students will travel abroad with Kathie Filby and Teresa Holden to work at an after school program with youth. They’ll get to do different activities such as archery and rock climbing to form relationships with youth to share their faith. While you may not be able to attend these trips, there are still a lot of opportunities for mission trips through Greenville College. If you caught chapel on Wednesday, the students that went to Nicaragua over interterm spoke about their experiences and encouraged students to take advantage of the next Nicaragua trip happening from May 27 to June 8. There will also be a mission trip to China this summer.
Missions and Outreach Director, Becca McColl, encourages students to take advantage of the mission trips available because she says it’s “a good way to see a new culture and experience something outside yourself. You learn how to serve others and grow in your faith, which is huge.” While money can sometimes be the leading factor in going on a trip, McColl says it’s important to realize that if you feel called to go, God provides.
Take Lauren Stines; she never saw herself as a person that would do missions, but God put it on her heart to go on the Northern Ireland mission trip. Unfortunately when the first payment deadline came, she and her friends Rebekah Dothager and McKinley Watson were short. They prayed in their room asking God to provide the day before the payment was due. They went to dinner and came back to their rooms ready to e-mail McColl that they couldn’t come, when they discovered envelopes on their desks. They opened it up to find the money they needed for the rest of their payment as well as scripture. “We didn’t tell anyone, so we’re still not sure how the benefactor knew,” Stines says, “It’s really cool that only God knows…but I wish I could thank that person.” So maybe you’ve never considered going on a mission trip, or maybe you have but never thought you could raise the funds; it is important to remember that if it’s God’s will it will happen.
“If you feel called to do something, He will find a way,” McColl explains. “I know it’s cliché, but there’s no stopping Him.” For more information on upcoming mission trips, email Rebecca McColl at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you are interested in getting into missions, you may want to get involved in Club Mission. There is a meeting at 7:30pm in the Upper Union on Monday, February 25th.