Students begin preparing for spring break mission outreaches
September 21, 2009

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Break for Change (BFC), one of Bryan’s Practical Christian Involvement initiatives, offers students short-term missions opportunities to serve pastors and missionaries in communities around the world. The March 6-14, 2010, BFC ministry opportunities were presented to students in chapel on September 7; and application submissions are due today.

Ben Norquist, Assistant Director of Spiritual Formation, explained that “the teams will be active by early October, and during the next five months they will ready themselves to be effective in their outreaches. They will learn about and pray for their national and field partners, gather equipment, and prepare for their unique ministry strategies.” BFC trips are led by student leaders and a faculty or staff mentor; and members must raise their own support, which ranges from $330 - $1680 per student, depending on which of the following ministries they join:

Hope for Opelousas: Opelousas, Louisiana

Students will minister in a Creol/Cajun community through tutoring, light construction, and after-school activities with kids.

City of Refuge: San Diego, California

Team members involved in this strategic ministry will push into City Heights—an ethnically diverse neighborhood—through food distribution, community worship services, and care for the homeless.

Limbazi Baptist Church Youth Group: Limbazi, Latvia

This team will partner with a Latvian pastor to minister to Latvian youth through filmmaking, community outreach, and informal tutoring in conversational English.

The Nehemiah Center, Managua, Nicaragua

Joining this team means getting involved in slum ministry, interacting with youth at risk, and assisting in a youth leadership training program.

Community Servants, Nashville, Tennessee

This team will be entering into the rhythm of this neighborhood ministry and assisting Burmese refugees who are in need of housing and services.

Pastor Jose Barrios, Orizaba, Mexico

Team members will be joining missionaries in church planting in mountain villages, sharing the gospel and their own testimonies with people of Aztec descent.

For more information, visit the BFC website, e-mail Ben Norquist, or call him at 423.775.7491.