Students preparing to make a Break for Change
February 09, 2011
Spring Break will offer a change for some 60 students and sponsors as they spread around the U.S. and two foreign countries to work on projects in cross-cultural situations.
In addition, some 40 chorale members will perform throughout Florida and Georgia on their spring tour.
Bryan students are pictured with new friends
from a previous Break for Change trip.
Danielle Rebman, associate for spiritual formation in the Office of Spiritual Formation, said she will lead a team to Detroit to initiate a new partnership in an outreach to Muslims in that city. At the same time, teams will return to Nashville, Tenn.; Nicaragua; San Diego; Latvia; and Opelousas, La., to build on work done in previous visits.
“I see Break for Change benefiting both the missionaries and our students,” Ms. Rebman said. “The sponsors set goals [for the week] that benefit their ministries, and a number of our students are in cross-cultural settings or doing something like homeless ministries or outreach they have never done before.
“In one sense, it’s an educational program. For example, some Spanish students are going to Honduras. Film students are going to Latvia, including some freshmen who will get to see if they really want to produce and edit films.”
Projects this year include construction, vacation Bible school-type programs, homeless ministries, and teaching English as a second language.
While students are sharing the love of Christ through word and action, they also will be able to see “what the church around the world is doing and how God is active in different settings,” Ms. Rebman said.