January 25, 2019 – Spring Break is around the corner, and once again, several Bryan College students will spend their break serving around the world through Bryan’s Break For Change ministry.
The Break For Change ministry allows students to travel to locations across the country including Opelousas, Louisiana and Houston, Texas, and internationally to Belize, Costa Rica, Haiti, and Germany to make a difference in each community.
“Our goal with Break For Change is more than just a week of service,” said Eric McEachron, Director of Outreach Ministries. “We want these trips to be a catalyst toward new relationships and perspective, and deeper lives of worship, work, and witness for the glory of God. What makes the difference is the mindset and attitude of our students, the example and mentorship of our faculty and staff–who can tie the lessons and work on these trips to what students have already been learning on campus–and our wonderful host partners who immerse students in truly model-worthy ministries. The focus and work of the trips is very different, but each clearly fits our mission as a college and as believers.”
Led by a faculty or staff mentor, each team of students will partner with a local or international ministry that directly impacts its home city. Bryan College has formed long-term relationships through multi-year involvement with each of these ministries, across the country and around the world.
Those ministries include:
- Opelousas, Louisiana – In partnership with Hope for Opelousas, the Bryan team will join a movement of hope among youth through educational support and tutoring, neighborhood outreach through painting and construction, and intentional relationships. The students will gain firsthand understanding of the Hope For Opelousas motto: “love changes everything.”
- Houston, Texas – The YMCA International Services is a “front lines” care provider and advocate for refugees, recent immigrants, and victims of human trafficking. The Bryan team will spend time with key leaders in this organization and join them in serving the voiceless and vulnerable. Through in-depth conversations with people of various worldviews, the team will learn to recognize the difference between preconceived ideas and the truth about these marginalized groups.
- Belize – The ministry in Belize will work among indigenous people in the remote hill country of southern Belize to provide health education and practical solutions to improve lives and communities. The Bryan team will identify local needs, and apply their training in engineering, business, biology, and teaching, toward long-term and holistic community development.
- Costa Rica – The Bryan team will be engaged with churches affected by the training ministry of Seminario Esepa. The Bryan team will work shoulder-to-shoulder with ministers, participating with them in evangelism, construction, children’s outreach, and prayer services. They will experience and join the amazing movement of God in Latin America, build lasting relationships, and provide encouragement and support to ongoing ministries that strengthen the Costa Rican church and impact the the city of San Jose.
- Haiti – In partnership with The Hands and Feet Project (H&F), the Bryan team will have the chance to be the hands and feet of Jesus with believers committed to being the “best last resort” for Haiti’s 800,000 orphans. H&F invites teams to serve Haiti’s orphaned or abandoned children while also experiencing the beauty and rich culture of Haiti. Sponsored by Bryan’s Business Department and Enactus, the Bryan team will apply business and marketing skills to grow job possibilities for H&F graduates, with the larger goal of contributing to sustainable solutions for the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere.