Break for Change: making a difference in spring
June 23, 2006
“Spring break” and “Florida” may be a natural fit for many college students, but say “spring break” at Bryan College and a world of opportunity comes to mind.
A week off from classes, for scores of Bryan students, means an opportunity for a cross-cultural ministry experience in the United States or overseas. Break for Change (BFC), a student-led ministry of Bryan’s Practical Christian Involvement, is the vehicle for sharing the love of Christ in an inner city, a remote tribal village, a children’s home or in a shelter for homeless men and women, said Laura Newport, a Bryan senior who is co-president of BFC.
In the past, BFC teams have traveled to New York, Chicago, Arizona, Italy, Honduras, Belize, the Philippines and even Florida, she said. “We’re still working on this year’s destinations,” she said. “We’re looking at opportunities in South and Central America, the West Coast of the U.S., and the Northeast and Northwest U.S. Possible areas of service include disaster relief, evangelism, a sports ministry, a children’s home, vacation Bible school and a homeless shelter.”
Laura, with co-President Kyle Parks, will announce destinations and invite students to apply for teams at a special chapel in September. “We’ll show all the destinations and invite people to sign up,” Laura said. “We’ll get the team together within about a month, so the teams will have about three months of bonding, praying and planning together before they go.”
Cost of the trips typically ranges from $200 to $1,500, depending on the destination. “The BFC presidents and Dr. (Travis) Ricketts, faculty sponsor of BFC, teach everyone involved how to write support letters. It is amazing to see the Lord provide the money needed. The team leaders, fellow B.C. students, play a large part in the teams by holding each member accountable and planning the details of each trip,” she said.
Break for Change “is an amazing experience, a life-changing experience,” Laura said. “Even in the United States, you can experience a different culture and feel the Lord working through you. To see His hand in different situations is amazing.”
She encouraged anyone interested in one of the BFC trips to “pray hard. I asked the Lord to let where He wanted me to go ‘click’ when I saw the trips in chapel, and it did. Look at all the options and follow what the Lord wants.”