For nearly 90 Corban College students, spring break 2007 is full of memories, some grandiose, some subtle, all unforgettable.
Having just returned from six locations worldwide, students began planning their trips last year. They raised money, learned foreign language phrases, rehearsed skits and picked construction projects. Their shared goal? To bless the people they met in Utah, Los Angeles, Peru, Italy, the Philippines and Mexico.
Based on the memories they’re now sharing around campus, they did.
Peru team member Chelsea Redding recalls, “The last three days of our time in Peru were spent at the Hogar de Esperanza (Home of Hope) Orphanage. Thirty-four precious children are given a home where they are loved and cared for. One baby girl named Suleka, won a special spot in many of our hearts. Coming from a violent home, Suleka never smiled. From the first moment we met Suleka, we took hold of her, cuddled her, tickled her and loved her. It was an amazing blessing from God when precious Suleka smiled the most beautiful smile in the world. For the rest of our time at Hogar de Esperenza, Suleka’s face shone with happiness.”
Philippines team members Josie Southwick remembers, “My team had the chance to teach in two schools. We were able to share about the love of God through songs, Bible stories and puppets. I cannot tell you how
incredible it was to be able to walk into a school and share the gospel openly. We were able to teach to over 600 students.”
Utah team leader Katie Westerberg and her fellow students spent the week sharing Christ in an unusual setting – Salt Lake City. Host of the 2002 Winter Olympics and home to the Utah Jazz, the city is also headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Along with talking with passersby at Temple Square, the students shared the gospel at Weber State University in Ogden. “Many were presented with information they had never heard before and will definitely have a lot to think about for awhile,” Westerberg says. “Pray that what they heard will stick in their minds and that God will penetrate their hearts with His truth.”
Mexico team leader Max Holden and his fellow students built a house for a Mexican family in Tijuana. He recalls, “Being able to give something like a house to a family – it’s incredible. We each had to raise $500 to go on this trip, and I thought about all the different possibilities for spending that money … going on a cruise, staying at a resort … but this is such an adventure. We do have fun on the trip each year, but it isn’t just leisure fun. There’s so much meaning and purpose in it.”
Italy team leader Michael Turner traveled into the heart of the breathtaking Alps to stay in the town of San Lorenzo. They used “wordless” presentations – puppet shows, mimes and chalk drawings – to share the good news of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection with locals. “When they saw our shows, some people would keep on walking. Some would stop for a few seconds and watch, and some would stay for our whole presentation,” Turner says. “We had a couple of conversations that were 30 minutes to an hour long.”