Students from the Soujourn Collegiate Ministry will be spending their spring break doing service work in Simnasho and Warm Springs. Their primary focus will be cleaning up the 3 community longhouses, preparing community gardens for planting, working with youth, and cleaning up community areas.
The purpose of the regional ministry is to help students question, experience and follow Jesus. They work primarily with schools in Rhode Island and the Boston area. Throughout the year, students volunteer to tutor and provide mentoring, work in homeless shelters and raise awareness of local and global issues such as human trafficking and suicide prevention.
Each year, students participate in an annual service trip during their spring break and have worked in Joplin, Missouri with tornado relief efforts; Salina, California with at-risk youth and have traveled to Siguatapeque, Honduras to work with children and community members.
There are two groups coming March 9 – 12 and March 16 – 19 with a total of 44 people. Thirty-six students are included representing various academic disciplines from schools in Rhode Island and the Boston areas. Included in the group are international students from China and Brazil.
Linsey Field, Campus Minister from Boston University has been working to coordinate the effort. She shared, “We are incredibly excited to work alongside and learn from the people of Warm Springs. Every trip we take presents us the amazing opportunity to see God at work in the world and in our own lives. We have seen bonds formed on these trips that last lifetimes, and fully expect this to be one of our best trips yet.”
Local organizers encourage community members to come out and work alongside the students during the longhouse cleanups scheduled for March 10 in Simnasho, March 11 in Warm Springs and March 16 at HeHe. Additional support is also needed to cover meals and drinks for the students. If you are able to volunteer or donate, please contact Alyssa Macy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the group, visit: http://sojourncollegiate.com/