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Community Service and International Mission trips

During Fall and Spring semesters,

  • Campus Ministry students volunteer at community service organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Casa Maria Soup Kitchen, and Tucson Food Bank. Usually one per month, on a Saturday morning. 
  • Over Spring Break, our group bi-annually embarks on International Mission/Service/Learning trips. For the upcoming Spring Break, March 3-11, 2018, we will be traveling to Germany. The focus will be on visiting Martin Luther and Holocaust historical sites, with an eye toward assessing their impact in our day. Because we usually stay in Youth Hostels, monasteries, or sleep on the floor at churches, we can do these trips in a less expensive way. Look for more info coming in the Fall 2017.

 Here is a list of the places our group has traveled recently 

2016 - Thailand (inter-faith and inter-cultural trip engaging with Buddhism and Islam). 13 students from our group were on the trip, along with Pastor Ron and Nancy. 

2105 - Juarez, Mexico (under the guidance of Casas por Cristo we constructed and donated a 11' x 22' two room house for a family (Reuben, Luci, Carlos), including raising $5,000 for the building materials. 14 students plus Pastor Ron and a student's dad. 

2014 - Haiti (had our hearts and faith stretched as we cared for severely handicapped children at St. Joseph's Orphanage. 8 students plus Pastor Ron. 

2012 - Palestine/Israel (explored biblical sites in Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Jordan River, Bethlehem, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem. Interacted with Palestinian Christians to gain insight into current political struggles. 4 students plus Pastor Ron and Nancy and 4 older adults.   

2010 - Germany (explored sites connected with Martin Luther and the 16th Century Reformation - Eisleben, Erfurt, Wittenberg, Wartburg Castle. Also toured Buchenwald Nazi concentration/death camp. 11 students plus Pastor Ron.

2007 - Guatemala (construction project in Guatemala City). 25 students plus Pastor Ron and 2 older adults.

2005 - Costa Rica (construction project at a camp for Nicaraguan refugees working in the banana industry). 21 students plus Pastor Ron and an older adult.

2003 - Panama (construction project building a Church building). 17 students plus Pastor Ron and 4 older adults.  

Why go on these international trips? Aldous Huxley wrote: "to travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries." We try to be hosted by local people as much as possible, in order for us to be able to see their country/religion/life/land through their eyes. These trips become an important part of the college experience. Hope you can participate! We try to keep the costs as affordable for students as possible.