OC students plan to serve over Spring Break
Monday, March 16, 2009
Posted by: Katy Watson
Oklahoma Christian University (OC) students, faculty and staff are gearing up for their annual Spring Break mission trips that will send them all across the United States and as far away as Honduras. Groups began departing the Oklahoma City area Friday and will return before classes resume on March 23.
Outreach, a student-led organization, offers three locations from which students can choose. With a focus on promoting mission work, the organization will send groups to Memphis, Tenn., San Antonio, Texas and one group will stay local and work in Downtown Oklahoma City. Students at the Memphis and San Antonio locations will work with local churches and organizations to pass out fliers for upcoming events, hold day camps for inner-city students among other things.
Professors Dudley Chancey and Robert Mitchell will travel with a group of approximately 100 to Honduras. The group will tackle projects including home construction, a Vacation Bible School and a possible solar project. Mitchell, who serves as the Associate Dean for Engineering, says this trip is an opportunity to bring back project ideas that can be carried out in the classroom.
Two student groups that had previously made plans to work in Mexico over the break have now made alternate arrangements due to the recent violence. Students traveling with the group from Memorial Road Church of Christ will now travel to San Antonio instead of their regular destination of Piedras Negras, Mexico. The group will use the time to build homes in the area. A group from the Edmond Church of Christ has also opted to change plans and will now take student to Arizona.