Students use break for ministry

June 4, 2014

More than 100 Bryan students are using their spring break for more than rest and relaxation, taking part in ministry or study programs in the U.S., Central America, and Great Britain.

Break for Change, one of Bryan’s signature spring break outreaches, will send six teams totaling nearly 50 students to five locations in the U.S. and to Nicaragua. Students will minister in intercultural settings, providing assistance to partner organizations and building relationships with individuals served by the teams’ hosts, according to coordinator Danielle Rebman.

At the same time, the Bryan Chorale, under the direction of Dr. David Luther, will travel to five states, presenting concerts in churches and schools from Tennessee to New Jersey. Forty-four students plus faculty and staff will make the trip

And Dr. Matt Benson Christian Life Formation class of nine students beat the rush to leave campus by traveling this past Wednesday to the English L’Abri in Greatham, England, about 50 miles southwest of London.

Break for Change locations include:

    • Nashville, Tenn., to minister with Community Servants, an organization working with immigrant populations.
    • Detroit, Mich., to work in an outreach to Muslim immigrants.
    • Opelousas, La., to work with Hope for Opelousas, a community development and educational assistance organization.
    • San Diego, Calif., to assist City of Refuge in its ministry to individuals in need in an urban setting.
    • Boston, Mass, to work with the Boston Project, an organization devoted to urban and community renewal.
    • Nicaragua, to work with the Nehemiah Project in its efforts for economic and spiritual renewal.

Mr. Benson said the L’Abri experience is designed to help students “explore the understanding that Christianity speaks to all areas of life” through its program of studies, work and conversation.