Veritas Jamaica Spring Break Team: Update

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Andrew Luley, Veritas staff, accompanied the Veritas Spring Break 2016 Team to Harmons, Jamaica. He writes the following guest post about their trip.

Before we get to Andrew’s post, I wanted to let you know that The Crossing is also sending a team of  29 High School students and 25 parents with 2 staff and 2 leaders to Harmons, Jamaica from June 12-19. Keep these families in prayer as they travel and serve with Won by One. Pray also for fruitfulness in the community of Harmons as the Team meets physical needs and build relationships.

The high school student-parent trip is a unique missions trip The Crossing has been doing for a number of years. It is exciting to see God working in the community of Harmons through our efforts, but also to see the work he does in the families that serve together. (Watch for a post-trip update with photos.)

Jamaica Spring Break 2016!

by Andrew Luley

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What an excellent spring break for 37 Veritas students last month! Whether it’s their first time to Harmons, Jamaica or their eighth (yes, one student as gone eight times over the course of high school and college), this trip continues to change students’ lives.

12898148_959886634061307_1119374832151876498_oWe went to Harmons as part of an ongoing mission to change the lives of Jamaicans by sharing the gospel and helping with economic development. At the same time, its hard to go on a trip like this and not experience some change for yourself. I was able to see students learning the importance of serving others, the importance of a Christ-centered community of friends and the role those play in building up the church. As a newer staff member, I personally enjoyed getting to know the guys on the trip better and I’m really looking forward to continuing those relationships for their rest of the time they’re in college.

Sam cementing a wall on one of the houses our team helped build.

Sam cementing a wall on one of the houses our team helped build.

 

“The biggest thing that the Jamaica trip has changed about my life as a student now is being more aware of how God is working through and impacting the lives of my friends here,” says Sam Bezjak about his second time to Harmons. “…when you spend a week so thoroughly immersed in stories of the Lord working His narrative through your brothers’ and sisters’ lives, it’s hard to return here and not have [Him] be the focus of your relationships.”

 

 

 

 

Maggie at an infirmary for the mentally and physically handicapped near Harmons.

Maggie at an infirmary for the mentally and physically handicapped near Harmons.

 

Maggie Brothers, who serves on the Veritas music team, went to Harmons for the first time. Her experience has deepened her purpose behind going to college. “Going to Harmons, I was reminded again of the opportunities I have been blessed with… My hope is that moving on from this trip, I will better be able to use these gifts I have been given, like school and a church community, to serve God and his people.”

 

 

 

We can’t thank you enough for helping make this trip possible! You are helping to build a ministry that moves the hearts and minds of college students to love Jesus more and to let that govern their lives, even how they spend their spring break.

You can support the work of Veritas here.

More Photos from Jamaica Spring Break 2016!

(Keep scrolling…cute kiddos ahead!!)

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Sources:

Andrew Luley

www.veritasmizzou.com

www.wonbyonetojamaica.com

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