Nineteen percent of the students studying on Christendom College’s Front Royal, Va., campus will do missionary work during their spring break this year. The college’s robust annual mission trips program will send out 66 students, along with members of the faculty and staff, on four different mission trips across the globe.
“These mission trips are so important for not only the people we serve, but our students as well,” Mission Trips Program Director Mike Brown says. “The trips are often life-changing for the students. They encounter Christ through their service and their worldview is broadened at the same time.”
Each student is responsible for raising the funds to go on their respective mission trips, which are often life-changing experiences.
This year, 20 students and two staff members, are going to Guatemala. In Guatemala, students will be led by Head Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty as they work with religious sisters in a hospital for malnourished children and visit their families. Twenty-one students and one staff member are going to Jamaica to work with the Missionaries of the Poor in Kingston at their shelters which house homeless men and women, men and women with AIDS and mental retardation, and malnourished, abandoned, and disabled children. College alumnus, Fr. Joseph Mary Brown, will join them as well. Fourteen students and one staff member are going to Peru to work with the Missionary Servants of the Poor of the Third World at their school for young women and their house for abandoned and disabled children. Eleven students are going to the Bronx to work with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal at their homeless shelter for men.
Besides the missionary trips offered during academic break, students assist those in need on a local level through the student club Outreach. The club visits nursing homes, works at soup kitchens, sponsors canned food drives, as well as volunteers at the local Crisis Pregnancy Center. Throughout the year students respond to their school’s motto, “to restore all things in Christ,” and sacrifice their free time for those in need.
For more information or to contribute to Christendom College’s Mission Trips Program contact Mike Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.