200 students spend Spring Break in servicePosted March 10, 2011
As Spring Break approaches, nearly 200 ACU students are gearing up for a week of service throughout North and Central America as part of the university's Spring Break Campaigns.
Next week, students will go out on campaigns to 10 cities around the U.S., including Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas; Anchorage, Alaska; Boston, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Denver, Colo.; New Orleans, La.; Salem, Ore.; Seattle, Wash.; and St. Paul, Minn. International campaigns will serve in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Spring Break Campaigns are entirely student-led. Each campaign will partner with a local church or non-profit organization, working alongside fellow Christians to make a difference in the cities they visit. Two or three students serve as co-leaders for each campaign, and they undergo extensive training to learn to make their SBC effective and missional.
"I wanted to lead a campaign because I went on one last year and fell in love with the people I worked with. I had so many ideas for the trip that I was passionate about," says sophomore Randee Nelson, co-leader of the New Orleans SBC. "We'll be working with the community and forming relationships with the people of the church we’re partnering with. I'm so excited to see everyone working together and learning from each other!"
Spring Break Campaigns have been a tradition at ACU for more than 30 years, since Max Lucado led the first campaign in 1976. This year's campaigners have struggled to meet increasing travel costs, especially for those traveling outside the continental U.S.
"Ever-increasing airline costs have hit our international campaigns especially hard this year," says Jen Rogers, SBC advisor. "While our students have been hard at work raising funds, some campaigns are still in need."
Financial gifts to the SBC support fund are tax deductible. Donations can be mailed to the Center for Christian Service and Leadership, ACU Box 27867, Abilene, TX, 79699. (Please write "SBC Support" in the memo line of your check, and make checks payable to SBC – Jen Rogers.) Donations can also be made online by choosing "other gift" and specifying SBC Support.