Groups are working in India, Micronesia, and Louisiana
October 11, 2005

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Two teams of students are overseas ministering to the needs of people and applying the knowledge of their academic discipline. One group is working on two islands in Micronesia, while a second group is in India, continuing work begun by another Bryan group this past spring.

Academic Vice President Dr. Cal White said fall break allows time for these extended trips supervised by Bryan staff and faculty. Students are able to gain first-hand experience using the skills they learn in the classroom and to learn from the interaction with those in other cultures.

Mr. Matt Benson, dean of spiritual formation, oversees this program, and students earn academic credit through Bryan’s Division of Christian Studies for their investment of time and talent.

A third group of more than eighty students and staff is spending their fall break in Louisiana, assisting victims of the hurricanes. David Beisner, a sophomore from Pembroke Pines, Fla., is coordinating this effort; Dr. Travis Ricketts, director of Bryan’s Practical Christian Involvement and assistant professor of history, is among those on the trip and responsible for the entire group.

Part of the team will work with children at a center for displaced persons in Baton Rouge, while others will travel to various sites to assist with clean-up and rebuilding.