For immediate release
March 3, 2004
This weekend marks the beginning of spring break vacation for many college students across the nation. As hordes of young adults take to the beach or to the mountains, Abilene Christian University students will take to the field - the mission field. More than 500 ACU students will pay to spend their spring break vacation in service this year as they reach out to congregations and individuals across the United States and in Honduras, Mexico, Brazil and the Dominican Republic.
Students will perform acts of service including, but not limited to, street evangelism, manual labor, day care, and feeding the homeless. One of the campaigns this year will travel to Trenton, Mich., to work with individuals at a battered women's shelter.
"We've raised upwards of $1,000 for the women," said Heidi Fromm, leader for the Trenton campaign. With the monies raised, the group has purchased beauty products and office supplies in order to put on, what Heidi calls, "a pamper party and job seeking workshop." The importance, Heidi says, goes deeper than the actual workshops, "We get to uplift the spirits of these women and show them how beautiful they are."
In 1976, a student committee – which included Max Lucado, now-famous Christian author and pastor – developed the idea of sending students out for service during spring break vacation. The first campaign launched in 1977 with 35 students.
John Tyson, vice president of development for ACU, was a part of the fledgling campaigns that began in the late 1970's. Recounting how his family happened to be vacationing one spring break in the same city that he had done mission work through spring break campaigns 15 years earlier, Tyson said, "When we went to church that Sunday, ACU students were still there carrying on the tradition. An elder that had been there since my campaign, came up to me after the service and told me how much of an impact the students had made over the years."
Now, 27 years later, students are carrying on that tradition of service as 30 campaigns and over 500 students spend their week across the globe sharing the love of Christ.
"I do believe God calls us," said Tyson, addressing the crowd of students as they prepare to leave for their campaign destinations. "And I believe you are being called to participate in these campaigns."
Students will travel to the following destinations for Spring Break Campaigns 2004:
NY Boys Ranch
San Francisco, CA
Seek & Follow
St. Paul, MN
Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
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