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Spring Break sparks service for ACU students

For immediate release
March 10, 2006 

Several hundred Abilene Christian University students are preparing for a week of service and community improvement in locations around the world. 

About 500 ACU students will travel to 22 cities to volunteer their time as a part of ACU’s longstanding, student-led Spring Break Campaigns program.

The groups of students will work in homeless shelters, urban ministries, evangelistic campaigns, orphanages, manual labor projects, children's homes, social services and other outlets. 

Multiple campaigns will visit areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, and students will assist in the ongoing relief efforts.

"We have a great obligation and opportunity to help people that have been affected by tragedy," said Robert Bishop, a student leader of the campaign to Long Beach, Miss.  "Katrina affected people that are very close to us geographically, and I think we would be wrong not to go. We have a distinct opportunity to show Jesus to people who are at a low point in their lives."

In 1976, a student committee – headed up by Max Lucado, class of 1977 and now-famous Christian author – developed the idea of sending students out for service during spring break vacation.  The first campaign launched in 1977 with 35 students.

Now, nearly 30 years later, students are carrying on that tradition of service as 35 campaigns and more than 500 students participate in the outreach.

For more information and a map of locations, visit http://www.acu.edu/sbc.

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