March 20th, 2017
About 40 from the university will spend their break helping others in diverse cross-cultural settings both home and abroad
NEWBERG, Ore. – George Fox University will continue its tradition of sending students to serve diverse populations during the school’s weeklong spring break March 27-31. About 40 students are joining four employee leaders for the university’s annual Spring Serve in four locations, two of which will take students out of the country.
This year, volunteers will travel to Seattle, Washington; Foster, Oregon; the country of Haiti; and to California and Mexico. The following are descriptions of the four trips:
• A team will serve at Urban Impact in Seattle, focusing on building relationships and serving in the community through the local church. The team will do a variety of projects, which may include tutoring, administrative work and cleaning.
• A team of students will travel to Foster, Oregon, to serve at Camp Attitude, a not-for-profit Christian organization dedicated to providing a unique faith-based camping experience for families in the disability community. Students will help complete projects for the camp and maintain facilities for the special needs community.
• A medical missions trip to Haiti will be led by a Haitian nursing student, whose family and church ministries the team will visit and serve, a nursing professor and a French professor.
• Finally, a fourth team will visit Northern California (Sacramento and Modesto) and Southern California (San Diego and Tijuana) to partner with World Relief and The Global Immersion Project (TGIP) in the respective locations. On the northern portion of the trip, students will spend time serving with refugee families and World Relief staff. On the southern portion, they will learn from those working with immigrants, deportees as well as border patrol agents, and will spend a couple days sharing meals, learning and serving with those living in a transition shelter for the homeless and deportees at Casa del Migrante in Tijuana, Mexico.
Participating students are selected through an application process. They pay part of the costs of their trips, which are subsidized by the student government and the school’s spiritual and intercultural life department. The international trips are being led by faculty and staff members with student leaders, while the domestic trips are being led by student leaders.
The trips are part of the university’s commitment to Christian service, which also includes an annual day of service for which the university closes; community service projects that reach out to Newberg, Ore., and surrounding communities; and an urban services program that sends students to Portland and Salem, Ore., to build relationships with the homeless.
George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.
Rusty St. Cyr
Associate Pastor of Ministry and Service