Fun in the Son Students Reach Out Through Spring Break Mission Trips

  • From Kent Hartman’s weekly “Missions Minutes” in Chapel to the many efforts led by the student group Outreach, OC students get swept up in the importance of mission work and the hands-on opportunities they have to make a difference in the world.
Each year, many OC students forsake a trip to the beach or the slopes over Spring Break to spend a week helping others in need, both at home and abroad. 
Here’s a window into some of this year’s stateside Spring Break mission experiences:
From Kent Hartman’s weekly “Missions Minutes” in Chapel to the many efforts led by the student group Outreach, OC students get swept up in the importance of mission work and the hands-on opportunities they have to make a difference in the world. Each year, many OC students forsake a trip to the beach or the slopes over Spring Break to spend a week helping others in need, both at home and abroad. Here’s a window into some of this year’s stateside Spring Break mission experiences:

North Little Rock

This year was by far the year in which I grew the most spiritually at OC. None of my experiences or my increase in faith would have been possible without me fulfilling my calling on the North Little Rock mission trip. 

Eleven of us were richly blessed to be able to minister to the homeless and less fortunate. Through the course of our trip, we worked with the River City Homeless Resource Center and worked closely with River City Ministries. 

We were asked to help with pharmacy work, clinical needs, hospitality/food services, constructing houses and clothing needs, along with a huge variety of everyday tasks that many of us take for granted. 

Simply put, our mission was to see all of God’s creation – including His people – through His eyes. This trip was a prime example of similar things Jesus did in his everyday life here on earth. 

It’s impossible to put into words the magnitude of change that manifested over the course of our six-day stay. 

We know without a doubt that God was working in the midst and truly called us to minister to the people of North Little Rock for such a time. 

Not only did we leave a light in the community of North Little Rock, we too were changed into compassionate, hardworking and fired-up faithful stewards of God. 

If it had not been for OC encouraging and supporting us 100 percent of the way, we wouldn’t have been able to give richly in deeds to the work of Christ, while receiving a generous sowing of spiritual medicine. 

by Sabrea Robinson

San Antonio

How can I describe the amazing role the Outreach trip to San Antonio played in my life? I guess the easiest way would be to discuss the best part of the trip: the people. 

Whether that is referring to the members of the Alamo City Church of Christ, the OC students, or the people we met while passing out flyers, the most wonderful aspect of the trip was the people. 

Another powerful part is the opportunity to see the church in action and be a part of that work. 

Most of the members of Alamo City have become Christians because of the Bible classes advertised in the flyers we hand out. We get the opportunity to work alongside those same Christians and reach even more people together. 

I wish there was a way to put into words what this trip and the people mean to me, but I really don’t see how. Hopefully, more people will come in the future and experience the joy and encouragement found in San Antonio.

by Macy Holsinger

Memphis

The Outreach mission trip was a time for me to put my schoolwork aside, forget all the pressure and stress from school and to serve God in a variety of ways, while bonding with a great group of OC students. 

We worked with homeless people by talking to them, cooking for them and painting a correctional facility for them. Talking to someone who has almost nothing really changed my perspective of the difficulties I think I have in my life. 

We also worked with children from the church and from the Salvation Army. Just by playing ball with some kids we were able to make them feel loved and important. 

These mission trips help you realize that doing God’s work doesn’t necessarily mean going across the world to Africa. We can serve people 10 minutes away in Oklahoma City. We just have to be willing to take the time. 

It impacted my time at OC to get involved in Outreach and work towards something that is more important than the earthly possessions and worries I hold so dear.

by Brooke Aus

 



Summer 2010

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