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ACU students embark on week of service for Spring Break

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March 1, 2005

Like the majority of college students, Abilene Christian University students have saved money, made plans with their friends, reserved plane tickets, and are preparing to travel to exotic locations during Spring Break. Unlike most college students, however, ACU students are using their time and money during Spring Break in service rather than at beach parties. 

About 500 ACU students will participate in Spring Break Campaigns this year, traveling to 35 locations across the United States and in Mexico, Scotland, El Salvador, Canada and the Dominican Republic.

The groups of students will work in manual labor, day care, street evangelism, orphanages, and feeding the homeless. 

One of the campaigns, called Seek and Follow, travels without a specific destination.

"We are going to pray about it every morning and listen for God's direction," said Justin Webb, a sophomore missions major from Coppell who is leading the campaign. "It's not necessarily going to be a specific place, like Houston or something. It may be a general direction like northeast. I'm a little bit nervous, but mostly excited. I know God is going to do big things."

In 1976, a student committee – headed up by Max Lucado, class of 1977 and 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.

Now, 28 years later, students are carrying on that tradition of service as 35 campaigns and more than 500 students spend their week across the globe sharing the love of Christ.


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