Every year, Campus Ministry at Georgetown College sponsors several Alternative Spring Break Trips. These trips are designed to provide opportunities for students to leave their comfort-zones for a week by traveling somewhere to serve and to learn from the community who hosts us. In the past few years, we have taken teams: to Camden, NJ to work with a ministry and school called Urban Promise, to Mission Arlington in Arlington, TX to lead backyard Bible clubs for students in low-income neighborhoods, to Camp No More Deaths near the Arizona/Mexico border to provide humanitarian aid to migrants in the desert, to Anathoth Community Garden in Cedar Grove, NC to learn about church-sponsored community- gardening, and to New Orleans to work with a school doing community outreach. These trips are open to students of any faith tradition (and to students who do not identify with a faith tradition). Most of the organizations we work with are Christian organizations, though, and so we want students to know what to expect when they arrive.
One part of my ministry here on campus that gives me the most joy is hearing reports back from students who attend one of these trips who have some kind of huge spiritual or vocational breakthrough. That happens occasionally, but most of the students who attend one of these trips at least report learning something meaningful on the trip. This fact should not surprise us. Jesus once declared, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God” (Luke 6:20b). We should not be surprised that when we spend time serving with the poor, the ones whom Jesus called blessed, that our eyes would be opened and that some of their blessedness would rub off on us. My hope is that you will seize the opportunity this Spring Break to take a step of faith, to go, to serve and to learn from folks in a different place where God is already at work.
Bryan Langlands serves as the Campus Minister. He leads the Campus Ministries Leadership Team, helps with various groups and initiatives around campus, and coordinates chapel services throughout the school year.